Ballots are in the mail, and now is the time for each and every voter to cast their individual vote for their preferred candidate and to say yes or no to a list of ballot measures.

To date, one specific advisory ballot seems to be flying under the radar. This would be the basic question whether you are in favor of removing the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, under the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement.

After all the controversy with some trying to keep this advisory ballot off the November election and having been on the front page, numerous times, less than two months ago, one would think political conversations would still include the dam removal Advisory Ballot.

This advisory ballot finally allows the citizens of Klamath County to have the opportunity to voice their opinion on the proposed removal of the four Klamath River dams. If you are a voter, you should exercise your right to vote no to dam removal.

Also, if you are a PacifiCorp rate-payer or a taxpayer, you should not miss this opportunity to vote no to dam removal. Make your opinion known.

Some want you to believe this is nothing more than a private property issue. If this is really about private property rights, and Warren Buffet actually wants the dams to come out, then let him pay for it. Why should the rate-payers and taxpayers pay that bill? After all, the dams are his private property.

Some want you to believe that your vote does not matter. I find that very untrue and rather offensive. This is a most critical election cycle and your vote does matter on each and every issue and candidate.

Be an educated voter. Vote no to the removal of the Klamath River dams.

Tom Mallams

Klamath County Commissioner



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