MICHELE LEVENITE, Richland
The fires near Cle Elum were devastating. However, these fires were not the fault of the commissioner of public lands, Peter Goldmark, as Leon Howard alluded to in his Aug. 28 letter to the editor.
Goldmark has been a volunteer firefighter for more than 30 years and knows that basic forestry shows that wildfires are caused by the drought and the overstocking of tree stands, resulting in weakened trees, creating vulnerability to disease and insect infestation.
These are the facts Clint Didier and his supporter's do not understand. Didier has absolutely no understanding of forestry or managing something as large as the Department of Natural Resources, and to blame Goldmark is showing Didier's ignorance about how wildfires begin and spread.
We need a commissioner of public lands who has experience, education and knowledge to be a steward of our land. His efforts will ensure our water sources remain clean, endangered species continue to be protected and our forests keep on being healthy, therefore supporting our schools.
For these reasons, Goldmark has my vote this November and I encourage you to do the same.
For more information, go to www.petergoldmark.com.