For those asleep during the summer, it is time to wake up and take notice that another business is closing its doors in Klamath Falls. If JELD-WEN officially moving its headquarters to Charlotte, NC for a more business friendly environment wasn’t enough, now Haggen is closing its two stores in town. What? Haggen, when did they come to Klamath Falls?
Earlier this year Safeway and Albertsons merged into one company. The merger was approved by the FTC only if they would sell off 146 of their combined stores. Haggen won that bid to purchase those stores and went from an 18 chain grocery store to 164 overnight. Talk about a growth spurt. In Klamath Falls both Safeway locations were converted into Haggen stores. However, within months of Haggen’s acquisition, Haggen was losing money — and a lot of it. Haggen needed to borrow $25 million to weather their cash flow problems, which increased their total debt to $270 million. Did Haggen bite off more than it could chew?
What Went Wrong
After Haggen took control of their new stores, Haggen immediately incurred losses in several of those stores. Local customers either did not know the brand Haggen or thought it was too pricey compared to the previous occupant. There was an error assuming business would continue as usual. Clearly this was not the case everywhere. An outside consulting firm was brought in to do some analysis. They found stores fell into two groups: core and non-core. Core stores were profitable. Non-core stores were losing money. The non-core store loses occurred because of either a lack of traffic (revenue) or they were too costly to support. Some non-core stores were also in remote locations where Haggen did not have efficient distribution. The Klamath Falls stores most likely fell into both categories and easily made it to the Haggen chopping block.
Harsh words maybe, but unfortunately true. Sometimes the truth can hurt. Greg Walden’s editorial published in the Herald and News is yet another example that demonstrates what is wrong with Washington, as well as with Mr. Walden’s thinking.
Walden’s plan is nothing but another “shuffling the deck chairs” to make you think he is working hard and that he is getting something done to better Oregon’s forests. While all the activity and smoke created by Walden & Co. might produce something slightly better, in essence all will be the same. One has to ask, is that what we want from our Representative — a lot of activity but little real change?
The problem is not how well the US Forest Service or BLM manage forests in Oregon. The problem is that the US Forest Service and BLM manage forests in Oregon.
The Founding Fathers empowered the Federal government with a very narrow scope in how to govern the union. Believe it or not, managing forests was not one of the powers granted the Federal government. Read the Constitution. Read all of the amendments. Read the Declaration of Independence. The word “forest” is absent in all of them. Why? Because the Federal government was never meant to, nor designed to, manage forests all across the nation. This responsibility was to be “reserved to the States, or to the people.”
We can cry and bellyache all we want about Democrats. But we at least should know what to expect: socialism. However, when Republicans, especially Republican Leadership in the House and Senate, also act like Democrats, we have a serious problem. Watch the following video to see how Senator Ted Cruz is unafraid of those who try to bully him into submission. He stands up for us. He stands for truth. He does not let “leadership” — even Republican leadership — get away with telling a lie.
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To start at the beginning of this article, be sure to read Road Funds or Public Safety Funds? - Part I
How best to spend the “Road Funds” (on roads and bridges or public safety) is a distraction; moreover, it is symptom to the larger and real problem: Klamath County Government is living beyond its means. In other words, County Government is spending more money than it receives each year in tax receipts. How to best spend the Road Funds is a silly question and feigns the idea that County Commissioners are truly looking for the wisest ways to spend your tax dollars. Wisdom says:
The Klamath Patriots Conservative PAC has recently released a new website that does an excellent job of aggregating U.S. Representative Greg Walden’s voting record. The website is called WaldensRecord.com.
The website has compiled information from conservative watchdog groups Freedom Works, Heritage Action, Club for Growth and Conservative Review so that you can easily weigh Rep. Greg Walden’s words against his actual voting record. A sidebar tab quickly lists key votes with links to more explanation from several conservative websites.
The website also sports a simple and secure online donation form to help the Klamath Patriots Conservative PAC in its efforts to support conservative ballot initiatives and candidates. Finally, there is an email update sign-up that will keep you informed about his voting record going forward.
This has been a very bad two weeks for our nation. Last week five unelected FCC officials (thank you Congress for “overseeing” their activities) voted 3-2 to make the internet a regulated utility, now under the jurisdiction of the FCC. The liberal lie of Net Neutrality won, and another sector of the free market economy falls.
Not to be outdone, earlier this week our beloved Congressman, Greg Walden, joined 74 other Republicans who voted to fully fund Obama’s executive order — making millions of illegal aliens legal. In other words, Walden voted for Obama’s Amnesty.
You can read the full story here. I’m certain Walden will soon be traveling the district (on the tax payers dime), giving excuses for this traitorous behavior. Get ready to hear:
Wednesday morning at Klamath Community College a group of about 30 government officials and state-wide bureaucrats gathered to congratulate each other for signing a non-binding agreement to launch the Klamath IDEA project. Klamath IDEA stands for Inspire Development – Energize Acceleration. According the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce’s website, the big idea (pun intended) is to
“...focus local, regional, and statewide resources on the creation of a business incubator and accelerator in Klamath County. The IDEA will promote, support, consult, and provide business and marketing advice to local entrepreneurs in the development of start-up and business expansion opportunities in Klamath County.”
If you’ve surfed the web anytime since January, you were bound to see a Greg Walden ad. The picture above shows two ads. The one of the left is from February, which has now been replaced with the ad on the right. Notice any difference?
The change is subtle, but that is exactly how career politicians work. They slowly shift from one position to another all the while claiming to have your best interest at heart. But do they? Does he? Let’s examine the change and then you can decide for yourself.
This video appeared yesterday and is an interesting look at how Rep. Greg Walden’s voting record isn’t so different from the other four representatives in Oregon — all democrats.
Rep. Walden likes to make the case since he’s the only Republican in Oregon, that we can’t un-elect him. Watch the video and see if that is such a good idea now that the truth of his voting record is coming to light.
Today, Klamath County Commissioner Dennis LInthicum announced his bid to represent the 2nd congressional district in Oregon. According to Linthicum's press release:
“I’ve been so humbled by the outpouring of support during the exploratory phase of this run,” Linthicum continued. “I’m excited to continue to hear from people in the 2nd District as we work together for common-sense policies and individual liberty. Folks here care about economic growth and Constitutional conservatism, but their voice is largely going unheard. We need to allow enterprise to create jobs, build infrastructure and grant opportunity to everyone equally, not creating carve-outs for specific industries or kick-backs for those with connections.”
Dennis Linthicum was first elected to County Commissioner by unseating fellow republican and four-term incumbent John Elliott in 2010. Linthicum announced on September 17th that he was forming a congressional exploratory committee.