National Geographic : 1987 Oct
A wonderful article. My wife and I have had three families and six minors through our home in the past eight years-all from Laos. With other concerned citizens we formed the Barrington Area Refugee Fund, Inc., which resettled nine families last year. We have gained a great deal from our many Lao friends. Mr. White's article is timely because of the desire of many in the Thai government to close the refugee camps. PHILIP J. BERENT Barrington,Illinois Waterton-Glacier Park Thanks for the article of June 1987 on the Inter national Peace Park, truly a place to protect and savor. We must steward the buffer zone to main tain the park. I find it ironic and disheartening that several of those most concerned have built retirement homes "just outside the park they love." The settlement of these perimeter areas and the accumulation of homes, people, domes tic stock, and pets put that much more pressure on the park. PAT CLANCEY Kalispell,Montana I'm concerned with your mention of the two or three people mauled by bears in most years while neglecting to put this statistic in perspective of the number of annual visitations-more than two million. The probability of a negative experi ence with a bear for hikers is very low when ap propriate precautions are taken. DENNIS E. JELINSKI Burnaby, British Columbia It is still possible to travel to Glacier National Park by train. Amtrak's Empire Builder, named in honor of James Hill, founder of the Great Northern, makes daily stops at East Glacier, Es sex, and West Glacier on its Chicago-Portland Seattle run. RICHARD SCHREINER Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Waterton-Glacier article allowed our family to reminisce about our vacation there in 1985. The park ranger on page 820 conducted one of the most enjoyable informative tours of the entire holiday. Her name is Karen Chin. She inspired everyone with her knowledge and enthusiasm typical of the staff both parks hire. K. BARRY HEATH Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Letters should be addressedto Members Forum, National Geographic Magazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's address and telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted. Send a celebration worth SHOUTING about. Brother Rice hasn't spoken a word in 20 years. And that's why he's celebrating with a new FTD® Celebrate!TM Bouquet. The beautiful flowers, colorful bowl and fun box make it a celebration anyone will shout about. Askyour floristto send one FTD. ©1987 FTDA ®TMTrademarks of FTDA. ~ II 40.