It must have been a real surprise to any of the National Geographic Society's 9 million members who saw your article "It's open season on nonprofits" (News: Analysis & Commentary, July 3) to read that the National Geographic magazine is mailed "free" to them. Members of the society pay annual dues, currently $25. A primary benefit: 12 monthly issues of our flagship magazine.

Robert B. Sims

Senior Vice-President

National Geographic Society

Washington

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