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What will come next in the fight over dams?
Herald and News Letter to the Editor 11/20/10 by James Finses, Copco Lake
It is official; a new “stakeholder” is born.
Nearly 80 percent of Siskiyou County voters do not want dams removed. Nearly half of Klamath County voters do not want to be involved, even with a poorly worded ballot measure.The new stakeholders are truly not asking to be part of this dirty process. Perhaps now is the time when your organizations should step back and reflect on whether you should continue to participate in this process.
Surely the process goes into its next phase. What will the rejuvenated opposition do? Will they continue to communicate the issues of cost, biased science, secret meetings, replacement power costs, food protection, a 90,000-acre land giveaway, water bribes, etc., or will they now go further?Is it now time for lawsuits against individual stakeholder groups? Should they go after products/services provided by your groups? Should they initiate taxes such as pollution taxes, well-drilling taxes, groundwater use taxes, sewage treatment taxes, log mill pollution taxes, fertilizer taxes, or something else?
It may be a timely decision on your behalf to know how much you want to participate in the future.Whatever you do, you are now documented to be against the “will of the people” and it can be open season. Certainly look for the next phase to begin right now.
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