from August 2017, Government
If you have not heard, PenAir is stopping flights to and from Crater Lake - Klamath Regional Airport today — Monday, August 7, 2017. For businesses and residents of Klamath County this is a major bummer. PenAir started service only 10 months ago after Klamath had no commercial air service for over two years. Now PenAir is also saying goodbye.
There seems to be an ongoing pattern: an airline comes to service Klamath Falls and then the airline departs, leaving our community without commercial service. Why is that? What is going on? Why do they come and then leave?
Is that forest fire smoke or is it pot-smoke in the air? It is hard to tell given the promotion of legalized-weed all across the state of Oregon. Here in Klamath County, and more specifically in Klamath Falls, the cry for marijuana dispensaries and the embrace of growing of marijuana is led by a minority who are persistent, bold and sometimes annoying.
But before we as a community fall prey to the trappings of “economic development”, “agricultural diversity”, “personal liberty” and of course “increased tax revenue”, we should be certain to not inhale this rhetoric too deeply in order to think carefully about this topic.
When someone promotes the expansion of marijuana in our community, we need to ask “Do you also favor the legalization of cocaine, heroin and meth?” That may seem like an odd question, but it is the most important question. If the marijuana proponent says “No” then they are ignorant at best or deceptive at worst. Full acceptance of marijuana in Klamath County — growing it, selling it, using it — is just Step 1 of a two-step plan to legalize all hard drugs. Another way to think of it is, the legalization of marijuana is not alone.