Jon Christensen writes: When Governor Jerry Brown appointed Anthony Jackson as director of California State Parks, a lot of people wondered why. Apparently so did Brown. The governor asked Jackson why a former Marine major general would want to come out of recent retirement to take on the job of fixing a state park system mired in trouble.
General Jackson--and, yes, that's what everybody calls him, still--says that he told the governor the same thing he's been telling everybody ever since. Wars have long been fought over natural resources, he says. And if we are ever to stop sending our sons and daughters to shed blood on our behalf, it will have to come from learning to take care of our environment.