I am writing to encourage everyone, whether conservative, moderate or liberal, to see the documentary, 2016: Obama's America. It is presented and narrated by Dinesh D'Souza, who was born in India, emigrated to the United States, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth in 1983 and is currently President of King's College in New York. The producer is Gerald Molen, who won an Academy Award for Schindler's List.
D'Souza travels to Indonesia, Hawaii and Africa to study the teachings, influences and background of Obama's mother and father, college professors and mentors to shed some light on how they affected the formation of the president's belief system. D'Souza uses portions of the audio version of the president's book about his father, so the viewer is hearing the president in his own words.
While D'Souza is a conservative, I believe he presented the information in a factual way. I was surprised and intrigued by the facts presented as well as the predictions of a 2016 America should the president be re-elected.
With the election looming , I believe this documentary is worth viewing prior to casting your ballot.
JoANNE BROST, Pasco
The purpose of the petition circulating in the Pasco doughnut hole is to give county residents a voice and to place in the matter of city annexation on the ballot once and for all, no matter what their positions are. This way, everyone will have a say in a democratic fashion.
It was explained by the folks getting signatures that there is a choice, a choice to do nothing and be forced by the city of Pasco or a choice to look at incorporating a new city. There is no "staying the same as we are now" in our future, thanks to the city.
The people out getting signatures are your neighbors who love their homes and rural lifestyle. They are going out on their own time so that we have a say on what happens to our most important investment, our home.
The homes in the doughnut hole have the best property values and create a valuable tax base, so valuable the city of Pasco wants to claim if for its own.
A website is available to help you make an informed decision on the matter, www.citizensforlifestyle-preservation.org. Read, gather information and become educated on this matter. Your lifestyle as you know it today depends on it.
Public lands: Goldmark
I believe Peter Goldmark is the best choice for Commissioner of Public Lands. He has the better management experience and scientific background to handle the job.
Recent letters to the editor accusing Goldmark of playing politics with the forests' health, resulting in fires, are uncalled for. These are false statements that our current commissioner isn't allowing harvesting timber, thinning dead trees or ranchers to lease graze on our public ranges. Example: see www.dnr.wa.gov under "Business Permits" to learn about leasing state lands.
It is scientifically established that fire vulnerability resulted from a century of practices now known to be misguided: excessive fire suppression, ill-conceived timber harvesting and reluctance to thin the forests, aggravated by recent extreme heat, drought and insect kill. All this happened before Goldmark took office.
Changing course is difficult and results will not be realized for years, as any newly elected commissioner of public lands will soon discover. The problems are interrelated: endemic spruce budworm outbreaks, sustainable timber harvesting under changing climate, dealing with a patchwork of public and private lands and more. Funding will be difficult as well.
Goldmark has the background to handle the subtleties. Join me in voting for Goldmark for commissioner of public lands.