Adoption Options

Unfair to family: "For the Love of Jamie," by Amy Silverman (December 6), was a well-written, informative and flowing article, up to the last sentence. One reason editors get paid is to save writers from themselves. It was mean-spirited. Writers do not have crystal balls. Silverman does not know what the future holds for this family. It has been my considerable experience that for every crisis or tragedy that has befallen me or my family, other unforeseen gifts have come my way because of that experience.

Try to keep petty thoughts out of print. It is unattractive and distracts from your overall work. Thank you for your consideration.

Vivian Stelzer

Unfair to agency: I find the situation with Jamie Moore very sad. I couldn't help feeling throughout the story that Eastern Social Welfare Services and Dillon Southwest are made out to be "monsters." Maybe that is because I too have a child from Korea adopted through Eastern. My son will be 16 years old in March. My story is much happier. My son is perfectly healthy, just as we asked for.

My son, Jordan, was anemic at birth and had gotten bronchitis. He was in the hospital for two months before going to his foster mother for the next four and a half months. We received all the records. Jordan also had trouble with diarrhea while trying to get his formula adjusted. Jordan arrived October 10, 1986. He could have come a month earlier but because of a fever and diarrhea he was not allowed to leave. Eastern was being very careful. We also put "either" on our application. If the Moores preferred a girl, they should have indicated so.

There is a much bigger issue here, but I had to mention this because Eastern and Dillon are meant to seem as if they planned this horrible thing from the start, according to your story.

My point is that Eastern is a wonderful and caring agency. I feel strongly that what has happened could in no way be something that Eastern and Dillon would do on purpose. I think that the situation with Jamie "fell through the cracks." This in no way suggests that Eastern and Dillon do not have some responsibility here. There are lots of us who are very happy with our experiences with Eastern and Dillon. I have never heard of anyone who has had the same problems adopting through these agencies. You were very one-sided with the story.

Carla S. Donahoe
via Internet

Whale Tale

Hopefully the final word: If Jill Stewart has "created something of a blowup in the environmental community" ("Hold On a Minute!" December 13), it's not because she's written anything that can fairly be called an "exposé." Her attacks on the successful campaign to prevent Mitsubishi Corporation from building a 116-square-mile industrial saltworks at the World Heritage Site at Laguna San Ignacio are riddled with errors, large and small, that to anyone familiar with the facts quickly reveal the stories as recycled Mitsubishi public relations from two years ago.

When Stewart characterizes as "patently absurd" the view that "the area's biodiversity or ecosystem were at risk," she discounts the contrary view of many of the world's leading scientists. When she asserts as fact that the existing saltworks has operated for decades "in harmony with nature," she ignores the Mexican government audit finding hundreds of environmental violations and the interagency scientific committee that found brine spills from the plant responsible for die-offs of endangered sea turtles and fish. When she asserts as fact that the saltworks could legally be sited in the heart of El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, she disregards not only the language of the law but the contrary conclusion of President Zedillo and his environment minister in rejecting the project.

But most disturbing to environmental leaders familiar with the fight is the underlying presumption that everyone -- everyone, that is, except Stewart and New Times -- was so naive as to be duped by a "brilliant" but fundamentally manipulative campaign: the million people who wrote Mitsubishi letters opposing the project, the coalition of Mexican groups that rose up against it (including the community and fishing cooperative at Punta Abreojos), the extraordinary group of international scientists who urged Mitsubishi to abandon it, the hundreds of reporters who investigated and reported on the issue for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsweek, CNN and countless other major media outlets around the world.

New Times' point of view is troubling to lots of people who worked for years to protect Laguna San Ignacio and to countless others who have applauded its protection. But it is most of all an insult to the Mexican leaders, activists and fishermen who fought against this irresponsible corporate scheme -- for some at great personal risk -- because of their love for the gray whale, their personal experience with decades of violations, brine spills and a degraded ecosystem at Mitsubishi's existing salt plant, and their immovable commitment to every part of the fragile ecosystem at Laguna San Ignacio, including the gray whale.

When Homero Aridjis and Grupo de los Cien sought assistance, they got it -- not because they needed help in fabricating a threat to their environment from this massive industrial project, but because they understood the threat and the importance of enlisting international support to stop it.

Homero Aridjis, president
Grupo de los Cien
Mexico City, Mexico

Laura Martinez, president
Pro Esteros
Ensenada, Mexico

Joel R. Reynolds, senior attorney
Natural Resources Defense Council
Los Angeles


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