Debating Gram Parsons.
Thank you for your article about Gram Parsons ["Cosmic Vibes Abound"]. Like Gram, I was born in 1946, and I am a native Kentuckian. While attending the University of Kentucky, where I was one of the university's few hippies, I bought "GP" and brought it to my rental house. When I put it on the turntable, my roommates said, "Who is that?" and immediately became Gram fans. I previously had bought "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" since I am a huge Byrds fan. My connection to Gram continued when he and Keith Richards became friends. (The Stones are my favorite band ever.)
Back in the early '90s I visited Joshua Tree and very reluctantly asked a ranger about Gram Parsons and where he had been cremated. I didn't know if this would set off bells and whistles, but to my surprise, the ranger told me about Cap Rock. I found the site and left Gram an offering.
Your article was wonderful. Thank you for the memories.
TERRY L. WAGNER
I love our national parks and enjoy supporting them. They represent much of what is good in our country. In my opinion that "good" does not include a lifestyle of drug and alcohol addiction. Those individuals who participate in that lifestyle, no matter how successful in worldly terms, send the wrong message to our young people. I strongly oppose the Park Service glorifying such an individual.
JOHN S. HERRING