National Geographic : 1987 Nov
off from the sea is like cutting off your hand at the wrist. Bangladeshis may have rice now but may not have any fish to eat with it. JOHN HOULAHAN Arlington, Virginia Timber Rattler I was thrilled to see the article on timber rattlers (July 1987). Hardly anything is written about snakes, as they repel a lot of people. In future articles how about the bushmaster and the fer de-lance? I know this is asking a lot, but I'm 85 years old, so I can't wait too long! ALICE PENNOCK Kezar Falls, Maine Among today's heroes are scientists like William Brown who devote much of their lives to the study of a small part of the natural world, always keeping in mind the big picture. He seeks out what most people consciously avoid, so that we may replace fear with wonder. My four-year-old daughter keeps turning to Dr. Brown's article; he is a role model for her inquisitive spirit. GLEN D. PHELAN Palatine,Illinois The benefits of a healthy rattlesnake population were entirely lost on me, a resident of north central Texas, where rattlesnakes are neither en dangered nor novel. The day I received the July issue, I received a serious rattlesnake bite on the calf of my leg. I was not warned, and the snake was not provoked. SHELLY S. STEWART Walnut Springs, Texas Members Forum I cannot let the July Members Forum have the last word on my state. The North Dakota article in March was good, but to focus on a wheezing, sickly agricultural economy cast an inaccurate picture. The economy is trapped in a predictable cycle we have no control over. We have the low est per capita violent crime rate in the nation, an unusually high church attendance, and an unem ployment rate urban and diversified states can only dream of. MIKE MARTIN Enderlin, North Dakota Please know that we produce 80 percent of the durum wheat in America. If a fence were built around the state, it would close every pizza par lor from here to Rome. DON and MARTHA ERICKSON Minot, North Dakota Letters should be addressedto Members Forum, National Geographic Magazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's address and telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted. Send a celebration worth SHOUTING about. Brother Rice hasn't spoken a word in 20 years. And that's why he's celebrating with a new FTD® Celebrate! T Bouquet. The beautiful flowers, colorful bowl and fun box make it a celebration anyone will shout about. Askyour floristto send one FTD. ©1987 FTDA ®TM Trademarks of FTDA.