National Geographic : 1992 Jan
wildlife, African elephant ivory, or drugs. Let's place the blame where it ultimately belongs: on the ones who create the market. DONALD BRADLEY Plainfield,New Hampshire One thing that could help is firm judicial resolve to permit no more community service and probation for convicted poachers. Maximum prison time and maximum fines should be the rule. If our state and federal judges would do this in all cases, the profes sional repeat offenders would be checked and the erosion of our natural legacy retarded. Louis C. WYMAN, RetiredJustice New HampshireSuperior Court Manchester Many states, including Iowa, have TIP (Turn in Poachers) programs that are very effective. The illegal taking of game and the selling of animal parts are very real problems and should be fought at every turn by both the hunting and nonhunting public. The actions of a few have put a dark cloud over millions of ethical hunters. DAN WATKINS Des Moines, Iowa Maya Artistry It crossed my mind that the eccentric flint artifacts (pages 102-103) could be mounted on wooden poles and used with the sun behind them to cast shadows of deities to foster belief in those gods by spectators. JOHN BOYLAN Bradford, Yorkshire Germany After reading about the problems of rapid reunifi cation, I was inspired to write your magazine. The coup in the Soviet Union had begun, but by the time I was ready to mail my letter, the coup was over. To me the two German states were correct to pursue reunification at such a hell-bent pace in spite of growing pains. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that someone might have tried to close the Iron Curtain once more, had the Wall not been torn down. Today, more than ever, he who hesi tates is lost. LOREN L. HANKS Columbia, Maryland I was fortunate enough to be exposed to NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC magazine as a boy in Vietnam. From the pages I got to see glimpses of the world. In the photograph on page 27 I noticed some scribbling at the upper right. Con tao lam viec o day in Vietnamese means "I worked here." Workers were brought from Vietnam to work in various factories in East Germany, which explains how the phrase got there. HAI ON Houston, Texas OUTLASTS THE ENERGIZER.