Cheers & Jeers
Letters from our readers.
FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA
I just finished reading “America the Beautiful” (July). Outstanding job. Being in the Navy for 12 years, it really hit home. Brought tears to my eyes. I salute every one of you.
America the Beautiful” is a masterful presentation of photography and pride in our nation, rendered not only from sight but from deep within the heart. Lionel Atwill’s, Geoffrey Norman’s, and Wayne McLoughlin’s memories of Vietnam hells stirred me. I am proud of you for promoting the sportsmen and sportswomen who have valiantly placed their lives on the line to maintain our freedom.
Clinton L. Wasson
Lt. Col., Retired
Attaboy, Field & Stream. Thanks for “America the Beautiful.” Your guys Atwill, Norman, and McLoughlin said it with grace. I have been asked several times, “How can you hunt after going through that?” The questioners do not understand the peace we find in the hunt, or that we refuse to let a rough experience take any more joy from our lives.
Fort Loudon, Pa.
I cannot say enough how this feature has affected my appreciation of the Vietnam-era veteran. The stories these men told and the feelings they shared should be required reading in every school.
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Lionel Atwill’s “Touchstone” was absolutely one of the most touching essays I’ve read in a long time. This summer I will be enlisting in the National Guard while I attend college. I personally believe it to be the greatest honor to serve my country and am glad to see articles backing everyone who is serving. Thank you, and keep it up!
Of Lionel Atwill-he’s the best outdoor writer since legends like “Tap” Tapply, Corey Ford, and Gene Hill marched across the magazine’s pages. Field & Stream is always a joy from cover to cover, truly the soul of the American outdoors.
Glens Falls, N.Y.
Your “America the Beautiful” section in the July issue was great. I raised two sons hunting and fishing, and they are now on active duty in the Army. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate what Atwill, Norman, and McLoughlin have written. Thank you.
The Woodlands, Texas
We saw in the July issue that you will no longer run the regional section. My wife and I enjoy that section very much and wish you would reconsider. Hope to see it back before our subscription is due in January.
Let me get this right. You’re bringing back the Solunar Tables, but you got rid of the regionals? So much for tradition. Let me guess, soon there will be a monthly section on bicycles?
Kevin T. Brest
Quote from the editors in July Cheers & Jeers: “We figured the regional section, which had been around for nearly 25 years, had run its useful course and terminated it.” How could a section that told each individual reader about opportunities in his or her area run its useful course? Is it possible that you found it would be much less expensive to put out a single, generic copy and send it to everyone, than to take the time to have writers investigate regional opportunities?
I have subscribed to your magazine for a long time. I was very disappointed to see that the regional section has been terminated. It was the first thing I turned to when opening the magazine. I like to know what is going on in my neck of the woods, and now I will have to look someplace else.
If I knew you were going to stop the regional section, I would not have renewed. I always loooked for it and planned trips to these places.
Ijust wanted to let you know how disappointed I am that you stopped running the regional section. Please reconsider, otherwise I am not sure I will be a future subscriber to your fine magazine.
My cheers in red, white, and blue to David E. Petzal’s reply to Ed Souther’s letter in July’s Cheers & Jeers. That Souther is free to express such a negative attitude is entirely due to the fact that throughout our history, young men in the service of their nation had just such skills and the willingness to use them. I am surprised that Souther has been a subscriber to a publication such as this for 10 years. Good-bye. We don’t need you!
Robert G. Dunford
I am ashamed that there are still people like Ed Souther out there in America. I’m 18 and leave in eight months to begin a career in the USMC. I’m proud that men like the late Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock fight the way they do. Their skills and sacrifices are to be admired by all. Thank you, veterans.
Somebody’s colors are showing all right-and it’s bright yellow. This Souther character needs to make a trip to the Arlington National Cemetery for an afternoon stroll. Maybe he can convince the endless rows of white markers that it’s “disgusting” to take out an enemy soldier. God bless Petzal.
Right on, David Petzal. I’m glad we do not rely on the likes of Ed Souther to defend our great country.
_John D. Bacon
A note on “The 13th Dove” (August): I had a similar experience a few years ago while grouse hunting. A fellow hunter who already had his limit shot another one and tried to give it to me. I told him, “No thanks. We’re done for the day.” If you can’t walk out of the field without looking over your shoulder, you shouldn’t be out there. Thanks for the great story.
_ Rick Frees