Have you experienced this? You read an article in the Herald and News that bothers you so much that you sit down and write a response — a letter to the editor or an online post — and nothing happens. It is as if your response was not worthy to be printed.
Well that happened to me, and I was quite infuriated (I am using the polite word for my feelings). So rather than taking it lying down, I decided to stand up and publish everything here. If this has ever happened to you or you feel the same way, then please help me by spreading the word to others in your social circles. The Herald and News will continue their arrogance and only print one-point-of-view as long as they can get away with it.
What made me post a response?
The other day I read this article about the KBRA by Dennis Linthicum in the online version of the paper. Linthicum’s article was in the “Opinion” section. I then saw that this article about Dennis Lynch (associate regional director of the U.S. Geological Survey), was posted twice in the “Agriculture” and “Enviornment” sections. It was an article reporting on Dennis Lynch’s seminar at Crater Lake and referenced several quotes by Mr. Lynch.
Below is my response to both articles, that never was published online (or in print) by the Herald and News. My effort to add clear thinking and value to the topic of the KBRA was rejected by the omnipotent editors employed at the Herald and News. Why have a comment section or ask for letters to the editor if they will not be published?
Isn't it funny how this article [Dennis Linthicum’s KBRA piece], which states truth after truth about failed socialist policies, is considered by the Herald and News as an “opinion” piece, whilst the counter-article “Dam removal expert: Do it in one year” (http://www.heraldandnews.com/klamath/dam-removal-expert-do-it-in-one-year/article_939b3ead-ca1a-55b4-8508-9f02ec3e0b23.html) is considered “fact” — landing in both the Agriculture and Environment sections.
While the paper claims Dennis Lynch to be a “water expert”, Mr. Lynch makes all sorts of claims that have NOTHING to do with water: the estimated cost of the dam removal, the estimated job loss if the dams aren't removed, and the overall economic chaos if the KBRA/KHSA fails to be achieved. Is Mr. Lynch also an “expert” in economics because he's also an expert in water? That's like thinking your family doctor, because he knows a lot about biology, chemistry and healing, is also the right person to give you expert advice on real estate (because he lives in a home), purchasing a car (because he drives a nice one) or who you should date (because he's been married several times). The fact is the article about Mr. Lynch contains far more opinion (aka myth) than does Dennis Linthicum's article. Moreover, Mr. Linthicum’s asks the larger question — not how quickly we should remove dams, but the more important question Lynch and the Herald and News just pass over — WHETHER we should remove the dams. In addition, Mr. Linthicum's article does not wander from his expertise — economics.
This is much like the global warming crowd who rarely will discuss their “facts”, but instead expect everyone to accept their conclusions that Western civilization is the cause of the problem, period. Then we must adhere to their policy recommendations or we are labeled climate-change deniers. Mr. Lynch errors by making claims far outside his area of expertise, but since the topic is remotely related to water, we should listen only to him (and those like him). After all he is an expert. In his view, the dam removal question has been answered and anyone who disagrees is an enemy of the environment and a thriving economy.
Time to wake up Klamath and realize the KBRA/KHSA is a utopian myth. Dennis Linthicum gave us a great illustration of the rat trap. Now the question is whether the cheese, raisins and peanut butter are too much temptation to resist or will we say No to something that we know is far too good to be true?
That is the purpose of KlamathNews.net. To make sure alternate views, conservative ones, are promoted throughout Klamath County, and to help eliminate the strong arm tactics of one private business over the community.
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