Guest article by Finnious T. Fogbottom
To the current Klamath County Commissioners,
I agree with your stance against the KBRA and related issues. To understand your position one need only look at how the integrity of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Paul Houser and seven or so Federal biologist was savagely maligned because they refused to support a set of indefensible dirty tricks and unscientific falsehoods. How could they be forced to call it science anyway when there are no (acknowledged) Basin deep core samples hanging around: Samples that would have established a reliable scientific baseline as to the true hydrologic etc. etc. etc. history of this disturbingly and darkly coveted region?
Heck, if they just went along with it all and then got busted they’d just be promoted in one way or another like the Hair of the Lynx Hoax folks. So their stand agaisnt the safe, lazy and easy path makes them true American heroes!
When you hear the words Subsidy or Grant what first comes to mind? Thoughts of a benefactor giving generously to a noble cause? A charity getting money to help it achieve some worthy goal? The community benefiting from an outside contributor?
Words have meaning. Using language properly helps to successfully communicate a particular message or idea. However, language can also be twisted so that one can say a particular thing and yet mean something entirely different. Political scientists call this twisting of words, to say one thing but mean another, propaganda. The Nazi's and Soviets were masters at this game. For example, the Soviet paper was called "Pravda" and pravda means truth in Russian. However, the paper was anything but true in its reporting. It was filled with Soviet lies about America, the West and how wonderful life was in the Soviet Union.
Another group that is good at twisting words and meaning are liberals. Unfortunately their success has made it so we don't stop to think what really is happening. We just accept what is said as good and noble and move on with our day. For example, the words subsidy or grant has a positive meaning in our culture. If your industry or organization receives either, it means your group is doing something right, something well and we should all be thankful for your efforts. However, that is only true when it is a private subsidy or private grant. Private subsidies and grants come from organizations that have created wealth in the free market place. They have created a good or service that people like and in return freely given their money for said product or service. Furthermore the organization has done so in such a way to make a profit. Those profits have accumulated and now that organization decides to give back to the community in the form of a subsidy or a grant. In other words a gift. It can be in the form of a scholarship, in the form of matching funds, or just a lump sum. Private gifts are good things. They are voluntary. They are of free will. They allow for the full expression of liberty.
There has been a lot emotion and bloviating since the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school. The main theme has been how to prevent the Sandy Hook tragedy from ever happening again. Both the Right and the Left have been strongly advocating their solutions to solve this problem.
For conservatives the Second Amendment is sacrosanct and therefore removing guns from law abiding citizens isn't the answer. The Right argues that if more people carried weapons, if schools weren't "Gun Free Zones" but if there were trained teachers and administrators who were armed, Sandy Hook would not have been nearly as bad — if it had even happened at all. Most of these murders are cowards at heart. That is why they take their own lives in the end. They only prey on the helpless and a school full of children, without armed adults to defend, is an easy target to make their point —whatever sick point that may be. If schools were armed by trained adults who worked at the school everyday, such murders would think twice, three times or just give up before trying. They wouldn't be able to roam the halls and shoot whomever stood in their way, because around the next corner might be someone who will shoot back.
On the other hand the Left blames the Guns. If we would just remove all guns from society then sick people couldn't murder. Of course they can't get rid of all the guns now, so they move slowly picking and choosing which guns look the scariest. But the Left's end game is to remove all guns from society. No guns means that no children are mass murdered.
Bishop E. W. Jackson says it all. The Bishop makes a strong case why one can not be a Christian and part of the modern Democrat party. His appeal is to the African American community, but applies to all races.
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Wednesday's (Sept. 26) Herald and News had an article (page A3) summarizing an interview of Congressman Walden by several people in the community.
However if you look at who was allowed to be part of the interview, they all had something in common: they all asked Congressman Walden questions to make sure they money keeps flowing from Washington into their pockets. They were there to make sure they get their pork from the big piggy (the Federal Government). What's worse, what they are really saying is that they want the Feds to borrow and steal from us, the taxpayer, in order to keep the money coming in for them. Here is a sampling from the article:
Toby Freeman, Pacific Power — Mr. Freeman's question was about the KBRA and whether it is moving forward in congress. (Really Mr. Freeman is asking if the KBRA is moving forward because he wants the Fed's to pay for the removal of dams under the KBRA, and doesn't want his company to be on the hook. Real Motive: Free Money.)
As Commissioner Linthicum laid out in his excellent four part series on Air Quality in Klamath County (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4), the method and the rationale used for the EPA's and DEQ's regulation on Klamath County air quality is ridiculous at best and indefensible at worst. Klamath County has one, yes, only one air monitoring station that supposedly represents air quality for the entire county. According to the U.S. Census from 2010, Klamath County covers 5,941.05 square miles. On the other hand the state of Rhode Island covers 1,033.81 square miles. So for the math impaired, Klamath County is almost 6x as large in land mass as Rhode Island. Now guess how many air quality stations are set up in Rhode Island? One? Nope. Two? No. Four, Nodda. There are seven, yes, seven air quality stations in Rhode Island for an area that is 1/6th the size of Klamath County. Hmmmm. Seems backwards wouldn't you say? Welcome to Government Think.
Now let's add to our discussion the fire in Lake County during the past four-five days. What if everyone in Klamath County had a wood stove and burned it for 24 hours a day for 12 weeks straight? I can guarantee that Klamath County wouldn't come close to the amount of pollution created by the Lake County fire. And yet, the EPA and DEQ will fine Klamath County for violating their "air quality standards" due to industrial or wood stove pollution. What? Yeah. More Government Think.
A more serious question is who the Klamath County Commissioners can hold responsible if the EPA/DEQ takes a reading of Klamath County's (from the one, single station we have to represent the entire county) and finds that Klamath County air quality standards are above their mark? If Klamath County can be fined by the EPA/DEQ for poor air quality due to a fire in a neighboring county, can Klamath County sue Lake County? Can Klamath County sue the U.S. Forest Service for an inadequate job of managing the forests (why else would this fire be out of control) and isn't that who's land is burning anyways?
Guest article by Finnious T. Fogbottom
At least one of the Forest Service camp grounds at Lake of the Woods has been subjected to great “progress” since my last visit. The old yet stout bathrooms which were capable of accommodating several desperate campers simultaneously have been replaced by new and grand nature appeasing edifices. Sadly though the men’s side now is now limited to one standing and one sitting opportunity and it has been reported to me by a reliable source that the girl side can now seat only two.
One wonders just how much it costs these days to demolish a perfectly good building, haul it away, then replace it with a larger one which accomplishes so much less. To add injury to insult, I don’t really appreciate toilets that flush themselves (occasionally and at the wrong time), lights with a mind and switch of their own, erratically automatic micro drip water faucets and strange looking hand dryers which I neither understand or fully trust. Why have space aged dryers when you can barely get your hands wet in the first place?
Then there is that both good and bad factoid. One can now see the new and expensive structure’s all-aglow second story height window from great distances: That’s good because you can find it easily in the dark. Bad because that usually means someone else has found it first.
If you haven't noticed, a reoccurring theme has permeated this blog by various writers: Public Unions. The writers at KlamathNews.net have been very careful to make the clear distinction between public and private unions. We believe there can be a place for unions in the private sector. However the public sector is completely different. The public sector is a monopoly on a particular set of services for the community. It is this very fact that because governments hold monopolies on particular services that employees of the government should not be able to unionize.
Why? We'll let's look at an illustration. Suppose the union that manages the District Attorneys office think the DA and his crew aren't getting a good deal and decide to strike. Who else can prosecute a criminal case? No one. The DA's office owns a monopoly on that activity. Because this has the potential to do great public harm, Oregon law doesn't allow a public union to strike. Instead Oregon law states that if the county and a public union can't agree on a compensation package the matter goes to mediation. Almost always the mediator will rule somewhere in the middle. While that might seem fair, it isn't. What if the county doesn't have another nickel to spare? What if the voters want the commissioners is to cut costs? Does the mediator take these factors into consideration? Of course not. At best the mediator looks at the two proposals and picks something in the middle. But that is not what the voters may have wanted, so the public union process has subverted the people's will on the county controlling costs.
You've probably heard the phrase, "A government of the people, by the people and for the people." It is the last part of this phrase that public unions totally destroy. Public unions only represent the government employee's best interest (and their own), not the public at large.
On this Memorial Day weekend, as we take care to remember those who have fought and died for this country, it's odd that in this land of liberty and opportunity that people would fall into the trap of thinking this nation was founded on the value of equality. Not equality of rights or equality under the law, but rather equality of results. During the past 30 years the Left has been indoctrinating the foreign versions of fairness and equality into our children. On their face, these two values seem as American a apple pie and Chevrolet. However, it is imperative to understand the meaning of these terms, for these are the calling cards of the Left to revolution and a Brave New World of tyranny.
Words have specific meanings. Unless those meanings are understood by all, then communication becomes confused. And confusion is exactly what the Left hopes for and inspires. The Left's revolution can take place through a brutal civil war or by causing such confusion and despair that citizens demand change by yielding more power to government. The Left is fine with either type of revolution. As long as more power is granted to an all knowing government, all is well.
It's important to define what the Left means by equality and fairness and what the American meaning is. So when you hear the Left speak of equality and fairness it becomes clear they are really intending something different than the American ideal.