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management more than 25 years ago, recogniz ing scenery as a resource to be managed in concert with other forest resources. Proposed timber cutting projects are analyzed in the field and with computer imaging to determine potential visual impact and appropriate mitigation and trade-offs. MELINDA McWILLIAMS Custer,South Dakota Paper As I sit in my office managing a three-year-old facil ity devoted to papermaking and book arts, I am reflecting on Jon Luoma's article. I leave this after noon to teach at a similar facility in San Antonio, Texas. I agree that the Japanese have a love of paper we are only beginning to approach. But there are many hundreds of us who teach thousands of stu dents, artists, and enthusiasts to love the dance of water and the song of the fiber right here in the U.S. Take note, take a course, and you too may catch the passion for papermaking. MARILYN SWARD Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts Chicago, Illinois While the North American paper industry is ex ploring alternatives to chlorine bleaching, the rest of the world has already moved ahead. In Finland and Sweden no chlorine gas has been used in pulp bleaching for several years. The main bleaching chemical is chlorine dioxide, but totally chlorine free bleaching using biodegradable chemicals accounts for some 20 percent of the total output. ILKKA POLLARI Espoo, Finland Half the article was devoted to the challenges that timber-based paper production presents to the world's forests and waterways. The story touched on possible solutions, but it failed to mention the well-documented ecological advantages offered by large-scale use of hemp in paper production. WILLIAM YARCHIN Huntington Beach, California In the picture of paper mementos (pages 96-7) was a receipt from Alban L. Parker for piano tuning. Mr. Parker was my paternal grandfather. In busi ness with him was his son, my father, Paul Parker. The receipt was typed on the typewriter on which I played when visiting my grandparents and is in my home today, a reminder of a family business that spanned almost a hundred years. SHARON DEHAAS ColoradoSprings, Colorado Our organization, with wide support, is preserving and restoring the site of America's first paper making industrial village, which was begun in 1690 by William Rittenhouse near Germantown, outside Philadelphia. ANDREW A. ZELLERS-FREDERICK Executive Director,Historic Rittenhouse Town Philadelphia,Pennsylvania Kaliningrad Journalists seem to believe that history starts in this area only with the year 1255. Nobody mentions the fact that before the Teutonic Knights invaded in the name of Christianity and killed the original Official Car of the SuperchargedFamily. Just strolling along won't get you far these days. With the all-new 240-horsepower Regal GS, a supercharged family like yours can cover a lot more ground. And babies of all ages will be soothed by a quiet interior that rivals the Mercedes C230,* along with the most standard safety features in its class. ** rto The new supercharged Regal GS by Buick. bBi ,by Buick ,*Based on independenttesting of overallinterior noise levels."Based on R.L .Polkmid-sizeclass. Excludesother GMproducts. M1©1997GMCorp.Allrights reserved.Regalis a registered trademark of GMCorp.Buckleup, America!For more information,call 1-800 -4A -BUICK.