National Geographic : 1992 May
I am concerned that some sentences might mislead your readers into thinking Miami Beach is part of the city of Miami. It is in fact on an island, a sepa rate municipality with its own government, police, and cultural life. CHRISTINE DAVIDSON Portsmouth,New Hampshire Africa's Skeleton Coast The Bartletts' article and photographs were as entertaining as they were cautionary and alarm ing. They are an urgent reminder of how very frag ile life is, whether wild or human, in the Namib Desert and beyond. EDMUND GEE Sacramento, California Geographica I could not help responding to this short article on the cause of the fall of Jericho's walls. It appears that Amos Nur is trying to take credit away from the Almighty God. The biblical story does not say that God did or did not use an earthquake to achieve his purpose; likewise the Bible does not say that God used or did not use a so-called big bang to create the earth. It will take more than this to tumble the wall of faith of those who believe. RONALD DENARDO Kalamazoo, Michigan EarthAlmanac The article about electric cars would make most readers think they have to wait several years to purchase one. The company where I work has been building electric cars since 1983. They travel up to a hundred miles at 65 mph and carry five passengers. At $18,000 the price is comparable to most new cars, but the total operating cost is about 25 percent less. We are the largest elec tric car manufacturer in the country and are cur rently taking orders, something large automakers can't claim. ALEX CAMPBELL Solar ElectricEngineering Santa Rosa, California I have lived in the Sudbury area for 17 years and have seen it develop into a beautiful, modern city. But all you write about is the moonlike surface. Would you please come up and take pictures of the government buildings, the university, the four hospitals (including the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre), and Lake Ramsey in the middle of downtown. MARIE O'BRIEN Chelmsford, Ontario Letters should be addressed to FORUM, National GeographicMagazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's addressand telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted. companions who aren't companions constantly.