Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

Letters

Sen. Chuck Grassley (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Gopher Frogs and Prairie Dogs

Regarding Shawn Regan’s article “Consider the Dusky Gopher Frog” (October 1): From its beginning, in 1973, the Endangered Species Act was founded on the mistaken idea that successful conservation is about promoting the survival of charismatic wild animals — often predators at the top of food chains. Notice that Representative Don Young is quoted as complaining that congressmen were originally told the law “was meant to save ‘leopards,’ not ‘mussels and snails and turtles.’”

Those charismatic species high in the food chain will not survive unless most of the other creatures and vegetation are thriving, from the

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Gun Country

David French reviews First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun, by David Harsanyi.

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One reader praises Shawn Regan’s recent article, “Consider the Dusky Gopher Frog”; another praises Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Poetry

Poetry

Panpsychism (believed in by those who know what particle physics is but are uneasy with “Big Bang” as a search term) has its limits I suspect…

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