National Geographic : 2003 Mar
we fear biological weapons but still inject toxins into our faces for the sake of reducing wrin kles? We may try to protect our selves from terrorists, but who will save us from ourselves? BILL RAVENSCRAFT GrandRapids, Michigan It is fascinating to read about advancements in the repair and care of skin, but frustrating to know that many treatments will remain out of reach for most Americans because insur ance companies consider improvements to skin to be cosmetic. I wish they would realize that acne, itchy feet, dry hands, melasma, nail fungus, and scars can be just as physi cally and emotionally painful as other health issues. I think that is why the over-the-counter industry is so big: People are forced to seek out their own treatments. SARAH PALMER Chicago, Illinois Geographica Your analysis of the threat of nuclear war between India and Pakistan was admirable. Your map sets out clearly the unde marcated triangle of the Siachen Glacier to the north. Since 1984 the armed forces of the two countries have faced each other on the highest battle field in the world. The presence of troops on both sides of the Saltoro Range bordering the Siachen and regular exchanges of artillery have wrought appall ing environmental damage to this spectacularly beautiful area. The waste generated and dumped into crevasses will ulti mately emerge in the Nubra, Shyok, and Indus Rivers, upon which many depend. The area is virtually uninhabited and pos sesses no exploitable wealth. If it were established as a trans boundary peace park, like others around the world, it would allow both armies to withdraw with honor and dignity, it would not prejudice the political aims of either country, and the moun tains could recover from the deg radation they have suffered. AAMIR ALI Geneva, Switzerland We occasionally make our customer list available to carefully screened companies whose products or services may be of interestto you.If you prefernot to receive such mailings,U.S. and Canadiancustomers please call 1-800 -NGS-UNE(1-800 647-5463). Internationalcustomers please call +1-813-979 6845 or write:National GeographicSociety, PO Box 63005, Tampa,FL33663-3005. Please include the address area from your magazine wrapper when writing.