Bucket stands for freedom
Herald and News letter 4/29/06
It has come to my
attention that there is growing resentment about
keeping the bucket in front of the Klamath County
courthouse. According to the information I have
received, the critics of the bucket allege either
that the bucket is a racist symbol, or that it
evokes sentiments of a war.
I hauled that bucket to Klamath Falls, and helped
unload it in front of the courthouse. My
son-in-law's pickup truck pulled my flatbed trailer,
which carried the bucket and a large number of
I won't bother with the details of what my wife and
I gave up, and spent, to do this. Suffice to say
that my motivation was simple: I wanted to do
something to help the people of the Klamath Basin.
We took a circuitous route from Elko, Nev., to
Klamath Falls. In all, the route covered 2,400
miles. Along the way we not only raised money for
the people of the Basin, but we also raised
awareness of what was going on. Because of this
increased awareness, support for the great people of
the Basin continued long after the big rally at the
The allegations of racism or that what we did was
war-like are, frankly, ridiculous, but alas, we
should expect this in the “new” America.
It seems that when people like us band together to
stand up for our rights, we are labeled this or
that, and heaps of criticism are tossed upon us. Yet
people attempting to modify the American landscape
to accommodate some previously unacceptable
behavior, practice, or way of life are called
innovative, enlightened, or compassionate. Oddly,
those “enlightened, compassionate” people often have
little tolerance for those that fail to see the
world their way.
The Bucket Brigade concept was innovative and
enlightened. Many people were stirred by compassion
- compassion for people a long way from where we in
Elko first started plans for the caravans.
Compassion for people we didn't know, but who were
suffering a grievous wrong that needed to be
If the bucket is a symbol of anything, it is a
symbol of freedom and all that is good in America.
To this day. I am very proud of all the people who
gave of themselves to make the Bucket Brigade
caravans a success. Obviously, what the people of
Klamath County do with the bucket is completely
their business. But I am grateful to God to have had
the chance to have brought it to your beautiful
Bob St. Louis
Elko County, Nev.