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Pioneer Press, Fort Jones, CA March 11, 2009 Letter to the Editor
by John Robinson, Seiad Valley
Case of Rotter
I cannot understand why government and Pacific Power is bowing to
the demands of a few whacked out wanna-be-Indians. All I hear on
the news lately is the extreme drought California is going
through. It is so bad farmers are being denied water for their
crops because of fish. And here I thought humans were at the top
of the food chain and fish toward the bottom! Does this tell us
how we got into the financial mess we are in today? It used to be
"we the people" were in charge with the politicians on the bottom
but like bottom feeding fish the wheel as turned and humans again
are on the bottom of the food chain and we the people are no
longer a factor.
Did I get it wrong, that dams were built for several reasons, one
of which was to keep water in check from run off so water would be
available in times of drought? Have the dams held back serious
flooding like they were meant to do? Are we in an energy crisis?
Does hydroelectric energy produce power we need at no cost to the
environment? Is the age of reason on the endangered species list?
It appears to be so.
Why do people lose all common sense when a few whacked out
individuals, high on Indian power, rattle a few gourds and wiggle
their nose and presto, this county will be set back to
pre-Columbus days? If this is what they want, then let them have
it. The county could give them the reservation they do not now
have and recognition as a tribe the federal government has not
given them. Give them the reservation they want and seem to need
so badly but give it with the understanding they live the way they
did before Columbus.
I realize only a small number of zealots want this so it wouldn't
take much to give them the means to have what they want, no
welfare, no vehicles, no electricity, take away the homes they now
have and let them build their Hogans or what ever brush shelter
they want to live in and they can eat fish and dig roots till
their hearts content. We promise to leave them strictly alone to
become as spiritual as they want to be.
It was my understanding no property owners were represented at the
meeting held in Yreka. Why not? Property owners are the ones to be
most effected but they have never been asked how the dam removal
will affect them, their animals, and property and income. My
brother-in-law's property will lose its value because he owns
river front property. I think he should be compensated for value
lost in income, property value, and use of animals. This is a
governmental taking and just compensation should be given. If not
then sue the tribe and all involved in this nonsense.
Did you know the name Klamath means stinking river? This Wild and
Scenic river we now have will revert back to the stinking river
that gave it its name. How will the salmon survive when tens of
thousands of tons of toxic sludge come rolling down the river?
It's been building up for decades behind these dams and it has to
go somewhere. Gravity will see to it that it will roll to the
ocean and create a stinking river in its aftermath.
We should take a stand and say enough is enough. The people of
Siskiyou County need to have a rebellion and say no to Sacramento
and the feds. This is our county and we will defend it. History
may well repeat itself and the State of Jefferson may emerge in
spite of government and whacked out Indians.
John Robinson, Seiad ValleyCase of Rotter Dam
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:15 AM Pacific
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