You are here: home   Issues   92   Warty and wonderful

Warty and wonderful

Document Actions
Dear HCN,


Jon Margolis' otherwise excellent "Washington Watch" column Sept. 16 contained the following sentence: "Bill Clinton has the aesthetic sensibilities of a frog." On behalf of the Amphibian-American community, I would like to state that this is an unfair and unkind slur against frogs.


What would a moonlit evening be without the musical chorus of spring peepers? The Louisiana bayous would not be half so mysterious without the imposing voice of the bullfrog; Great Basin waterways would be deathly silent without the cheerful croak of the spadefoot toad. I'll pass over the number of mosquito and fly bites that outdoors-loving humans would suffer without the help of friendly batrachians.


HCN has done a good job of defending our habitats - now give some thought to our dignity! Just because we're warty doesn't mean we don't need self-esteem.


Tiel Jackson


West Linn, Oregon





Email Newsletter

The West in your Inbox

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow our RSS feeds!
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. Why I am a Tea Party member |
  3. The privatization of public campground management | All the info you need to decide whether you love o...
  4. Efficiency lessons from Germany |
  5. The Latest: Interior commits to restoring bison on select lands | The “odd ungulate out” gets a tentative win.
  1. The death of backpacking? | Younger people don’t seem interested in this out...
  2. A graceful gazelle becomes a pest | Inrroducing an African gazelle called the oryx for...
  3. What's killing the Yukon's salmon? | An ecological mystery in Alaska has scientists and...
  4. Plains sense | Ten years after Frank and Deborah Popper first pro...
  5. North Dakota wrestles with radioactive oilfield waste | Regulators look at raising the limit for radiation...
HCN Classifieds
Subscriber Alert
 
© 2014 High Country News, all rights reserved. | privacy policy | terms of use | powered by Plone