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Letters to the editor

July 24, 2003

Teach conservation


To the editor:

Every summer near the Grand Tetons outside of Jackson, Wyo., and also near Bryant Pond, Maine, hundreds of teachers and high school students enjoy an outstanding educational program. The fun and unique experience creates memories to last a lifetime, while instilling a profound appreciation of wildlife and the great outdoors. I am referring to the SCI Foundation's American Wilderness Leadership School that for many is the ultimate summer vacation.

Since 1976, the American Wilderness Leadership School has been promoting conservation as a way of life. The school's multidiscipline and expert team makes ecology, wildlife management and conservation easy to understand. They reinforce classroom instruction with field activity in truly beautiful natural settings. Most attendees receive scholarships, and their hands-on work includes backpacking, hunter and firearm safety, fly fishing, fly tying, archery, wilderness survival, outdoor ethics and interpretive techniques, Project WILD (Wildlife in Learning Design), and whitewater rafting.

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Many educators earn credits toward advanced degrees through Colorado State University, and all return to their classrooms in the fall with a proven outdoor curriculum to enrich learning for their students. This creates an important multiplier effect that has exposed some 10 million people to crucial wildlife conservation concepts.

There are still a few openings for teachers this summer at the American Wilderness Leadership School near Jackson, Wyo. Applications will be accepted until the day before each of the 2003 sessions remaining (Aug. 1; Aug. 3 to 10; Aug. 12 to 19), and educators can apply for next year, too. Call 1-520-620-1220, ext. 231 or send e-mail to dhudson@safariclub.org.

Donald J. Brown
Director of Education
SCI Foundation




Remember the vets


To the editor:

We have given our best, both of mind and body. Many have traveled the globe in many ways or forms of transportation and in a lot of situations left behind those whom we both love and cherish beyond any comprehension but developed comradeships that form a closeness only those involved know.

Time periods, unimportant to those who sent us on these journeys, left us counting the days. Many times an ambassador for this nation not by appointment but by the course of our responsibility.

Providers of security in some cases facing odds that only you would hope face those you were securing against. Transitioning from security to enforcer to liberator to peacemaker. Facing grateful and relieved faces of many to discouraging shouts of hatred and threats both demeaning and life threatening all in the course of these travels we were sent on.

Leaving one's hometown for the very first time and in many cases crossing borders that were only heard of in books and movies.

Facing hostilities and even death as part of this commitment and leaving behind a world of a safe existence, thrust into a life-and-death situation maybe for the first or last time.

Your reward in many cases for fulfilling this commitment and going above and beyond was a piece of ribbon or a medal pin to be worn on the issued clothing you now wear. To you a source of pride and to others no meaning whatsoever.

Your time finished and commitment completed, whether by choice or retirement option offered, you would now re-enter a world now for many an unfamiliar place.

Entitlements once thought to be in place now and hostilities put aside but not forgotten, you endeavor to face a new experience.

Little beknownst to you these entitlements would become a new source of hostility and new borders never crossed before. Those ribbons and medals earned did not make it easier in what now was a new front to conquer and a border thought to be your own easier to cross.

An organization with a commitment not unlike the one you had left only differing in terms of meeting this commitment.

Entitlements now only a promise which seem so easy to break.

Repetitive in nature this article may be, but until promises made are kept and honor restored to those who gave so much, repeating this theme is a commitment not unlike the one made by so many in giving so much to this great nation.

I would ask and will continue to ask that both citizens not only of your hometown, but all who live within the borders of this great nation to take only a few moments of your time and write to your government representative or the leader of this free nation to commit to making promises a reality for veterans.

Stephen McNabb
USAF Retired
Cumberland, Md.




Expedition exhibit was great


To the editor:

On Tuesday, July 8, my daughter and I went over to Harpers Ferry to take part in the activities held there celebrating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

I just want to say thank you to the National Park, Scott Mandrell (Captain Meriwether Lewis), the music group Magpie and all the others involved for bringing history back to life.

I would also like to thank the park again and Bill Barker (President Thomas Jefferson) and Dick Cheatham (Captain M. Lewis) for the presentation on June 28.

It is good to see our early history brought back to life so the general public can see how things were. Though Captain Lewis is on his way to Pittsburgh and points further west, I encourage all people to go to Harpers Ferry and see the exhibits dedicated to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The expedition is usually hurried over in history books. This shouldn't be so; the expedition, the men and the only woman and baby should be given the respect and honor that is their due as we today remember the modern explorers pushing into the wilderness of outer space.

Once again, thanks to all involved and I encourage all to go to Harpers Ferry.

Joseph Dimaggio
Cascade

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