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Everyone not part of KBRA process

Herald and News letter to the editor Oct 25, 2015 by Marvin Cantrell, Klamath Falls

I read, with great interest, the letter to the editor by Mrs. Tricia Hill, the representative of Gold Dust Potato Processors Inc. and J&W Walker Farms Inc.

I haven't read any fairy tales lately, actually not for probably 60 years. However, I have read real terror stories in the Herald and News from Mrs. Hill and many others about what a great deal it will be to get the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement passed. Anybody who is against it, is painted as an obstructionist and not very bright.

I really admire Dennis Linthicum and Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams for standing up for their values.

Mrs. Hill stated in her letter that "we" negotiated the settlement agreement because "we" realized it was best for "our farms and our communities."

What about the rest of the communities? What about the Upper Klamath Basin? What about Sprague River, Chiloquin, Beatty, BIy and Bonanza? How about the rest of the ranchers and farmers trying to make a living?

Mrs. Hill stated that, without water, Klamath Basin agriculture will die. She is right, but who is going to take our water?

What is wrong with following the water rights first stipulated when the reclamation project was first built? They have had water available since about the early I900s. Now it's all gone?

The negotiated settlement agreement was done in secret in Sacramento, Calif., by a select few. Certainly not done in a democratic manner. There needs to be an investigation of the Department of Interior, the Department of Reclamation, and the Klamath Water and Power Authority as to how the water has been allocated.

Maybe the Oregon Water Resources Department needs to take another look at its adjudication efforts and think about the results of drying up the Klamath Basin economy.

Marvin Cantrell

Klamath Falls


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