National Geographic : 2006 Jun
LETTERS the only worthy of recognition -is heterosexual love that has marriage and reproduction as its ultimate goals. ASHLEY SHANNON Grand Rapids, Michigan I subscribed to NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC because I thought the magazine would introduce my children to the wonders of the world. I also subscribed because I thought it would contain content fit for preteen children. Having my son read about some woman talking about her tattoo of a chastity belt, how to increase oxytocin through massage and making love, and finally the kissing school are not what I consider content fit for preteen children. RORY KOLARICH Orlando, Florida Meltdown in the Alps It's about time that people start to realize what is happening and what the impact will be if we cannot use the Alps for tourism anymore. The thing I missed is what tourists them selves can do to minimize the effects of their presence in the Alps. The foundation Respect the Mountains tries to create mountain awareness and educate people about the uniqueness and the impor tance of preserving the Alps. ANIEKA VAN LEEUWARDEN Respect the Mountains Amsterdam, Netherlands California's Wild Crusade Many have joined to support permanent protection of public lands along California's north coast. The Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilder ness Act would add 310,000 acres to our national wilderness system. California has been a leader in preserving our natural wonders. After all, the figure of my great-grandfather John Muir looking over Yosemite Valley graces our state quarter. Granddad would be pleased that his legacy of conserving California's wild heritage continues! BILL HANNA Napa, California ZipUSA: Little Haiti, Florida I was moved by your article. It presented a three-dimensional picture of Miami. It not only enlightened me, but also opened my heart to the plight the people face every day. It is a tribute to this community as its members strive to live life to the highest potential. IVAN RODRIGUEZ Miami, Florida Behind the Scenes How do you thank someone for saving your son's life? We never got the chance to thank Fakher Haider for helping keep Matt safe. Though we worried about Matt when he was in Iraq, our anxiety was tempered knowing Fakher was "watching his back." We have been truly shaken by the murder of this good and decent man. We are pleased that a fund has been established in his memory. Generosity of caring people will help ease his family's current troubles and provide them with a better future. NORMA AND HUGH MOYER Parents of photographer Matt Moyer North Bay, New York At press time, National Geographic members had contributed more than $26,000 to the Fakher Haider fund set up by the New York Times. 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