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Beautiful, polluted parks

My husband and I related strongly to the article ``Majesty Under Pressure: Canada's Banff Park,'' Sept. 7. All my life I have been looking forward to seeing Banff and Lake Louise (as well as national parks in the United States). Last year we finally saw them and came away considerably saddened. The scenery is magnificent, but almost overshadowed by crowds and litter.

The waters of Lake Louise were a muddy blue-green, the shore was littered, and unless we actually stood in the water, we couldn't get an unobstructed view of the lake because of the crowds. We finally hiked up a path overlooking the lake; the view at the top was lovely because the crowds and litter were not as visible.

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We experienced much the same in US national parks. It's obvious that a solution must be found before these treasures are completely lost for our children and grandchildren. Suzanne P. Connolly, Lake Mary, Fla.

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