The British Exit, or Brexit, from the European Union shocked the world on Thursday evening. Even a few years ago the idea of the EU’s largest economic member leaving the European Union was only left to pub-talks in rural English neighborhoods — and that was only after a few good pints.
51.8% of England decided enough was enough and voted to leave the “comfort and security” of the European Union. But why? Upon examination the ideas our jolly ol' friends from across the pond took to heart are the very same ideas that founded America.
1. Sovereignty and Self-Governance: The British were tired of being told by far away officials that they could not influence one way or another what their immigration policy was going to be, what regulations they had to adhere to, what trade restrictions must be followed towards those outside the union, and so forth. In other words the Brits were tired of aristocrats on the continent telling them what they could and could not do. Sound familiar? Is that not what we want for ourselves here in Klamath and Lake Counties? To have more power locally rather than bureaucrats and politicians in DC and Salem deciding what we can and can not do with our land, our water, our timber, our agriculture? The American project is about local governance which enables real accountability, not centralized control without accountability.
Proponents of Dam Removal along the Klamath river continue to promise peace and prosperity if they get their way. But if you think about it, just the opposite will occur. Here are a few key points to consider:
Dam Removal will limit our ability to control water flow
Without the four dams along the Klamath river, water, once released from the Upper Klamath Lake head-gates, will flow uninterrupted into the Pacific. This means it will require more water from the Upper Klamath Lake in order to maintain stream flow levels. The end result is less water for local farmers and ranchers. Moreover, by removing the Keno dam, the ability to send water back into the Klamath Reclamation Project, is impossible.
Dam Removal will increase electric rates
During a time when many are struggling to make ends meet, unnecessarily increasing our cost of living is the last thing we need. The Klamath river dams provide the most affordable, most efficient and most consistent power to Basin residents. Removing this resource will only send electric rates for all rate payers higher, much higher.
On first glance the results of last Tuesday night’s election might seem puzzling. How could a conservative like Tom Mallams lose by a 2-to-1 margin and yet conservatives like Linthicum and Reschke win by wide margins? Why did the Predator Control ballot measure pass and the marijuana one fail? Those were some questions we wrestled with until we looked closer at the races and the data. Below are some truths that will help make sense of what happened in May’s primary election.
Principle #1: Voters preferred non-incumbent candidates in non-partisan races. Whether it was the two Commissioners’ races or the Sheriff’s race, it was clear that voters preferred someone new over someone currently in the job. Current Commissioners Mallams and Bellet were both beat by political new-comers Boyd and DeGroot. While Mallams was significantly outspent, the only difference in the Position #1 race was that Boyd was able to secure over 50% of the vote and not have to run again in November. DeGroot is the favorite against incumbent Bellet. It will be interesting to see if the trend of “throw the incumbents out” in non-partisan races continues this fall and onto 2018.
For the Sheriff’s race Martin Rowley was seen as Sheriff Skrah’s substitute. Voters clearly preferred the two outsiders: Kaber and Lewis. Kaber and Lewis will have run-off election in November to see who our next Sheriff will be.
If you have not voted yet, you still have time to fill out your ballot. At this point DO NOT mail it but drop it off at the County Clerk’s office by 8pm tomorrow night.
Even if you don’t know who to vote for Dog Catcher Position #15, you should still vote for those people you do know and want to support.
Three of those people that should be on your list are: Tom Mallams, Dennis Linthicum and Werner Reschke.
On Tuesday April 26th at 9:00 A.M. there will be a brief presentation of the “In God We Trust” plaque from the people to the County Commissioners. This event is open to the public. In February the Klamath County Commissioners approved the sign on a vote of 3-0 after overwhelming support by local residents.
There are now 616 city and county offices all over the U.S. displaying the National Motto — that is 100 more than when residents in Klamath County began this project last year.
About two weeks ago, voters in Klamath County received a well designed postcard from Donnie Boyd’s campaign. While Donnie sports a nice smile and slogan on the front, the back is where we find the meat — what Donnie will do if elected. Let’s just say, his ideas are vague at best and some even contradicting.
- Economic Growth and Recovery
- Efficient Government
- Public Safety
- Water Solutions
These all sound great on the surface. Who isn’t for these types of things? However the problem arises when you think how he plans to accomplish these promises as Klamath County Commissioner. Donnie says he will use his business experience to lure new businesses into the basin, but his third point promises to raise taxes for public safety. How in the world does Donnie plan to raise the cost of doing business locally and at the same time lure new businesses to the area?
- Write letters to editor at the H&N to show your support for Dennis and Werner.
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- Sign up for their E-newsletters on Dennis and Werner's website.
- Be vocal with your friends and neighbors about what great representatives Dennis and Werner will be for our area in Salem. Share this web page and our newsletters with everyone you know through social media and email.
- Pray for strength and encouragement for Dennis and Werner.
- Donate to Dennis and Werner. If everyone just gave $10 it would make a B-I-G big difference.
Evil prevails when good men (and women) do nothing. Let’s do something and actively stand behind these conservative candidates! If we do not, we only have ourselves to blame.
The problem with the KBRA/KHSA is that they both promoted special interests over the interest of the people. While these groups (Tribes, some farmers and fishermen) got what they wanted, the burden (aka the cost of this agreement) would fall on Pacific Power rate payers and tax payers. This is always how special interests work — benefits for the few at the table, and everyone else ends up with the bill.
Now think about the write-in candidates that challenge Dennis Linthicum for the State Senate and E. Werner Reschke for State Representative. A group of self-appointed people met in private to draft candidates. When their decision had been made they began to sell these people as the best way to move forward in Salem. Sound familiar? Once again, this is not the will of the people, but the will of a special interest group who are angry there is not a liberal or Democrat in the race they can support. Therefore they have drafted two write-in candidates, with R's on their name badges, but who have policies that align well with liberal ideas, not conservative ones. It is no coincidence advocates for the KBRA are also the same people who have drafted these write-ins.
On Tuesday, former Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum and local businessman E. Werner Reschke filed to run as State Senator and State Representative. The following day, State Senator Doug Whitsett and State Representative Gail Whitsett decided not to run for re-election and withdrew their names from the ballot.
The Herald and News is busy trying to kick up dust in a rain storm as they are out beating the brush to find anyone who will say that the process was unfair, that it was unethical or it was illegal — anything to support their view, which is any conservative in office is a bad thing. However, nothing could be further from the truth. From where we stand Linthicum and Reschke will be excellent replacements for the Whitsetts. Their political views are nearly identical. If you were planning this election cycle to vote for either Whitsett and were not upset that they were likely to be unchallenged, then you should have no problem supporting and voting for Linthicum and Reschke, who are now in a very similar position.
Those that say this process was unfair are the ones that didn’t think to run against the Whitsetts. Apparently Linthicum, who has run against an incumbents previously (John Elliott in 2010 and Greg Walden in 2014), and Reschke decided the risk was worth the $25 filing fee. The fact that they waited until the last moment is actually a shrewd strategy, certainly not unethical. Perhaps those who are complaining and were not courageous to step forward, also are not savvy enough to be your Representative or Senator. If they were so timid to be this easily out-played, how would they fare in Salem — where the professional politicians live?
Donnie Boyd recently announced that he was getting into the race for Klamath County Commissioner, Position #1. This office is currently held by Tom Mallams, who is running for reelection after his first four-year term. Donnie’s campaign is backed by one of the wealthiest (if not the wealthiest) family name in the Klamath Basin: Wendt, as in jeld-WEN.
Donnie is not holding back on spending money to win this race. Early this week he rented a vacant office on Main Street for his campaign office. It has nice desks, new computers and big signs out front making anyone walking by take notice.
Despite his deep pockets for the campaign, and his connection the farming community from his time as owner/operator of the local John Deer dealership, Floyd A. Boyd, Donnie has a serious flaw — he was an advocate for the KBRA/KHSA. Being an advocate of this failed agreement doesn’t make Donnie a bad guy. But what it does do is tell you a lot about how he views the role of government in our lives. Moreover it shows you that Donnie thinks it is okay for private groups to make deals and then raid the government and rate payer piggy banks to fund such a deal.
Who would have ever thought four little words would make people so angry? That very well may be what happens on Tuesday, February 9th at the Government Center around 10:00am.
[ Correction: The Meeting Starts at 9:00am. ]
Even though the Commissioners voted in favor 2-1 (Minty-Morris opposed) of posting an “In God We Trust” sign in the Government Center, Minty-Morris wants more public comments, which will happen this Tuesday. Her hope is to have enough people against the plaque show up or for enough people to cause a controversy that Commissioner Bellet will change his mind. It is an election year after all, and the last thing politicians like is a controversy that might cost them votes.