National Geographic : 1988 Aug
Was there not even one Ugandan who said that his country was better off under British rule? RANDY LIEB Swift Current, Newfoundland Your article "Land Beyond Sorrow" made me so depressed. When I first went to teach geogra phy in the Sir Samuel Baker School in the bush of northern Uganda in 1954, Uganda was still a British protectorate, a lovely country with hap py, intelligent peoples of many ethnic groups. During 12 years off and on, I served many masters - from the British protectorate to Milton Obote's and Idi Amin's governments. I am al most ashamed of being British and of my own failure to make a more useful contribution to a country that had everything going for it until politicians, power seekers, and commercial exploiters of all ethnic groups were given too free a hand to work their wiles. R. L. SHERWOOD Peterborough,Cambs., U.K. Wildflowers The photograph of two Uganda blacks using their bicycles as a hearse for an AIDS corpse closely followed by the shot of well-nourished white kiddies in expensive clothes hunting Eas ter eggs in the article on wildflowers of Texas goes a long way toward showing what is wrong in this world. TIMOTHY L. MORAN Detroit, Michigan You neglect to give the scientific names of plants described, a source of great frustration to readers outside the U. S. and, I suspect, to many U. S. residents. Common names are of strictly local meaning. Many are applied in different areas to different plants-mayflower is one. Drum mond's phlox is obviously Phlox drummondii, but what are bluebonnets and Indian blankets? SYDNEY ELLERTON Maldon, Essex, U.K. In West Germany it has become popular to re serve part of the lawn as a "wild meadow" (Wildwiese). GARA SPIEGELHAUER-PEABODY Dormitz, West Germany Thank you for spotlighting the wonderful sweeps of color that grace Texas roadsides each year. Perhaps with national exposure the interest in native plants for landscape use will really "bloom." Texas has such a diverse group of flowering plants, in part because it sits at the con fluence of the continent's eastern and western biotic provinces. Also the state's north-south For over 200 years, the natural resources of America have been rewarding us with a rich and won drous life. And the breathtaking beauty of the land itself, may be the most wondrous reward of all. But the beauty that was once common across our land, is slowly disappearing. In many parts of our country,the land can no longer be recognized for what it once was. That's why, twenty two years ago, the America The Beautiful Fund was founded for the preservation and restoration of the natural wonders of America. With your help, we can keep restoring the land to a state that the past once knew. And preserve it so future gen erations can see for themselves, what it is that made America great. Support the America The Beau tiful Fund. The future of our land may depend on it. To send donations, or for more information, write to: America The Beautiful Fund, 219 Shoreham Building, Washington, D.C. 20005.