On August 16th, the Klamath County Commissioners voted 2-1 in favor of placing an advisory measure on November’s ballot.
“Are you in favor of removing the four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River?”
Commissioner Kelly Minty Morris, the dissenting vote, claimed the issue was too complicated to be resolved with a simple question. “This is not a simple issue. This vote simplifies something that is not appropriate. I truly believe in asking for voter input where something could be acted on, such a funding the jail. This is just furthering a political agenda. The topic of dam removal hijacks the conversation when we need to be talking about health care and other issues.”
In a written statement Commission-elect Donnie Boyd added “I find this vote a waste of time, funds and will have no impact. It is a cruel game being played on our community.”
You can’t handle the truth!
When leftists know they will be exposed, they often turn to rules and attorneys to save the day. This time was no different as four dam removal advocates hired a Portland law firm to stop this simple proposed advisory ballot measure. Their claim: this is a complicated issue and therefore the question on the ballot should be more complicated. They insist on an alternative advisory ballot measure to be an up or down vote on the Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (K.H.S.A.). We believe the real goal of the lawsuit is to run out the clock so that the Commissioners’ advisory ballot measure does not meet the ballot deadline and therefore not find its way onto November ballots. If they fail in keeping it from the ballot, their next aim is to make the issue confusing to voters so they are discouraged from wading in with their opinion. In summary progressives, who want to destroy all dams along the Klamath river, are doing everything in their power to keep from being exposed as the extreme minority view in Klamath County.
The fact is the result of a successful K.H.S.A. means dam removal, as destroying all hydropower on the Klamath river is the key component of the “agreement”. But by changing the ballot to an up and down vote on KHSA instead of “Dam Removal” it allows the liberals to cause confusion and uncertainty in the voting public, as several unsuspecting voters will not understand K.H.S.A. = Dam Removal.
The Commissioners are perfectly within their power to ask for an advisory vote on anything — whether Klamath citizens prefer cloudy days to sunny ones, what the public’s favorite flavor of ice cream is, or whether the County logo should be changed to a big pelican head. That the Commissioners were interested in understanding the voting public’s view about dam removal is a use of an advisor vote that ought to be in the public knowledge.
We thank Commissioners Mallams and Bellet for doing the right thing. Once again, Commissioner Minty-Morris finds herself on the wrong side of an issue and stands in the way of finding out what people want rather than telling us what she thinks we should want.