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Good examples of Mallams' leadership
Herald and News Letter to the Editor by Carol LeQuieu, Klamath
Tom Mallams has proven his statesmanship; we should keep him in
office for many reasons, but let me list just two.
First, he has the courage to challenge overreaching
bureaucracies (in this case the Oregon Water Resources
Department) by appealing a ruling based on modeling only.
Modeling is like circumstantial evidence; bureaucracies should
never be able to cause financial harm based on circumstantial
evidence. And the empirical evidence Commissioner Mallams has
gone to the expense to collect does not support the modeling
that the Oregon Water Resources used. He is to be applauded and
supported for standing up to them.
Why? Let me explain it this way: despotic governments exist to
sustain themselves, protect and serve themselves; all too often
our “fourth branch of government”, the bureaucracy, has become
similar in that it focuses on implementing its own agenda.
All too often the bureaucratic arm of government lives for
itself, protects itself, and serves itself and the ideological
allies who sustain it. That’s why it is important that citizens
stand up to it when it overreaches. Tom has done a patriotic
And, he had the courage of his conviction in introducing the
idea of placing our national motto in the Commissioners’ Hearing
Room. He exhibited great patience to let the community voice
both opposition and support. When it became clear that the vast
majority supported the proposal, the other two commissioners
voted to support the citizen majority and approve the placement
of our national motto.
To have done otherwise would have been to let the minority rule.
That would have been undemocratic. I urge your vote for
Commissioner, Tom Mallams.
Carol LeQuieu, Klamath Falls
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