Letters: Aug. 17, 1970

Savage Nature

Sir: Implicit in the whole ecological argument and in your cover article on Alaska [July 27] is the assumption that nature's way is the best way, that if man had never tampered with nature his life would have been much healthier and longer and his spirit would have remained free and uncorrupted. Nothing could be further from the truth. As your own article points out, the Aleuts, Eskimos and Indians of Alaska have only a life expectancy of 35 years, and most live broken, impoverished lives. Nothing is more savage, cruel or capable of breaking a man's spirit than unbridled...

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