Voters at last have
voice on dam removal
Tom Mallams, Klamath County
Commissioner Letter to the editor of Herald and News 9/3/16
A great victory
for the citizens of Klamath County was achieved Aug. 31.
accomplished by the Klamath County commissioners holding the
line against the well-funded, well-connected, dam-removal
and Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement supporters.
At last, the
voters will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on
Klamath Dam removal. The actual wording isn’t exactly what
citizens asked for, but it is certainly better than the
option of having no vote at all.
I still find it
extremely troubling that a few dam removal supporters and
PacifiCorp went to such great lengths in their attempt to
prevent voters from having their voices heard.
I would hazard
a guess that they already know what the outcome will be and
would prefer to continue to ignore the people.
troubling is the quoted comments from an incoming county
commissioner that stated “It would be a waste of taxpayer’s
funds and county employees’ time to conduct a survey that
would have no impact.” Since when is it a waste of time to
listen to, and follow through with what the citizens have
If this vote
will have no impact, why was there so much effort to stop it
Our very nation
and especially our federal policy makers are watching
intently on what is happening right here in the Klamath
Basin. Never ever forget the comment from then Commissioner
of the Bureau of Reclamation, Michael Conner, when he
stated, “this is a precedent-setting event.”
Basin continues to be a testing ground of out-of-control
government and environmental extremists.
healing of our community can only happen when there is a
true, balanced resolution of this issue. Allowing the voice
of the people to be heard is a major positive step in that
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