To the editor:

A short time ago, I was cautioned by an Obama fan that I should not make any pronouncements about Barack's running for president without first having had the experience of reading his book, andquot;The Audacity of Hope.andquot; With a bit of difficulty, I finished the lengthy work. He writes well, for a lawyer, but has that lawyerly love for stringing clauses together with semicolons. The fifth sentence in the prologue is 98 words long. And would you believe a sentence 150 words long? (Pg. 96).

His words ring with the audacity of hope, but often do little more than recount where change is needed to return our nation to what it once was. In Chapter 8, he and his editor talk about America's past and present relations with the rest of the world, revealing the sound ways and the mistaken ways problem situations have been dealt with. Throughout the chapter I kept waiting for suggestions of what could be done to effect change, but came away disappointed. After reading the 362 pages of interesting economic, political, racial, and cultural history, my evaluation has not changed much. His campaign still appears low on substance, high on whine.

Therefore, my gratuitous advice to Senator Obama would be that he remain in the Senate and, hopefully, accomplish something there. If the Untied States elects someone from the Senate to the highest office in the land, he or she should at least have a noteworthy record as a senator. While he is gaining experience in the Senate, the fledgling senator from Illinois might be able to inspire his colleagues to alter the ways they conduct business, thus providing positive change. He should listen to Senator Byrd, who reportedly cautioned him that he would do well, but should not be in a rush as so many senators have been by fixating on the White House (Pg. 100).

I think the many truly believes he can bring about the changes he talks about; however, his approach reminds me of two of the most memorable dreamers in literature: Don Quixote de La Mancha and Walter Mitty. To hell with the handkerchief, Dulcinea.

Robert L. Heriza

Baker City