SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dani Nichols
KLAMATH FALLS, ORE. - Today, Constitution Day, at the Klamath County Commissioner’s Weekly Public Meeting, Dennis Linthicum announced his intention to explore pursuing the U.S. Representative position in Oregon’s Second District.
“After talking to the people of Klamath County and surrounding areas, I’m convinced that those in the 2nd District of Oregon are looking for leadership and strong, Constitutionally conservative values,” Commissioner Dennis Linthicum said before the meeting. “Our economy is struggling and, at the county level, I see every day how individuals, families and businesses are impacted by bad policies and tone-deaf regulation. My goal with this exploratory effort is not to turn away from Klamath County’s issues, but to be able to represent them, and other counties in the 2nd District, in a more substantial way at the Federal level.”
Someone once said a picture is worth a thousand words. Therefore...
A recent Letter to the Editor and a radio ad campaign by the Citizens for Klamath Schools PAC take direct aim at Dennis Linthicum, by launching several personal attacks. Isn't it interesting that when someone opposes the Left (increasing taxes to solve a problem) that the person who stands up against these “elites” who “know what’s best for you” is personally attacked? Well it should be no surprise. Rule #13 in Communist Saul Alinsky's handbook, Rules for Radicals, states:
13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.
If you read the Sunday paper's lead article, 2012 Looking Back / 2013 Looking Forward, there were some interesting trends:
- Of the 41 opinions gathered by the paper, only two were from business leaders. The other 39 were from government employees, non-profit leaders, students and volunteers.
- The collective opinion of the group was that while 2012 was difficult, 2013 looks more promising with grand plans in store for the Basin.
- Only one of the 41 opinions said anything about the Affordable Care Act, which sinks its teeth in much deeper in 2013. Another opinion spoke about Federal and State mandates becoming more difficult to navigate.
While this is an interesting perspective from a select section of the Klamath community, my specific question is where are the opinions from Jeld-Wen, from South-Valley Bank & Trust, from Bell Hardware, from Lithia Motors, Columbia Forrest Products, Fred Meyers, Basin Mediactive, Winema Electric, your favorite restaurant owner and from a former Aqua Glass employee? If the paper was really interested in giving us a story on the real economic outlook for 2013, you would've seen fewer opinions from students, volunteers and government employees and more from business leaders.
The big election of 2012 has come and gone. The results were a mixed bag and each side got something and yet each side didn't get all they wanted.
For the Liberal side of the ledger, the nation re-elected its most liberal President in 100 years. Despite a sputtering economy, despite a national debt that grew 1/3 larger under his first term and despite people attaching themselves to the social safety net in record numbers, President Obama outdid the wealthy Romney machine. The Senate and the House pretty much stayed the way they were as well, with the Senate in Democrat control and the House run by the Republicans.
Locally there were a few good developments: two new, more conservative, commissioners were elected to join the already conservative Dennis LInthicum. Local representative and state races were also filled by conservatives. But as with most things, local control is great as far as it goes. When under the wing of a liberal state government and an even more liberal federal government, there are only so many things local officials can do to ward off new costly regulations and mandates.
You know you must be making headway when:
- Your opponents hide behind a anonymous PAC.
- Their only tactic is to twist your words into something you never meant (they have to be dishonest).
If you are a registered Republican in Klamath County, you probably got one of these warm and fuzzy postcards over the weekend. The assertion made by this piece is that Tom Mallams is against agriculture in the Basin. Now anyone who knows or has ever heard Tom speak for more than two minutes would know how silly that idea is — if not laughable. Tom has been a rancher himself for many years. Before that he was a retail manager in Klamath Falls. Tom has enemies not because he is anti-business or anti-rancher, but because he is anti-KBRA.
Today's Herald and News has two front page headlines read,
Main Headline: “Our lives depend on the river”
Sub Headline: “We were taught to be ashamed of who we are”
Here is the liberal bias of the Herald and New's editorial desk front and center. Neither of these headlines report news. Instead the front page becomes the editorial page telling a story from a particular perspective — a liberal one.
What if I were to say that as a conservative I can make those exact same claims? They only differences would be I wouldn't get my picture on the front page of the Herald and News, and I wouldn't get my story told properly. I too depend on the river — for fish, for affordable power, for agriculture and more. I could argue I depend on the river as much or far more than the perspective the editors chose to portray. I also could claim as a white male that I have been taught to be ashamed of who I am. White, male and of European descent is equivalent to unadulterated evil for the liberal. The only way to assuage that guilt, to rid of the sin, is to give back and restore everything to the way it once was — in a time when men were supposedly more at peace with the land and nature at large.
Gail Whitsett (R) Klamath Falls filed as a candidate today to represent District 56 in the Oregon House of Representatives.
Gail is married to Senator Doug Whitsett and has served as his legislative Chief of Staff for the past seven years. She believes that her knowledge of the legislative process and issues, as well as her working relationships with incumbent legislators, will allow her to quickly become an effective representative for the people of District 56.
“I have worked on the front line listening to the needs and concerns of the people that live and work in much of five southern Oregon counties” Whitsett said. “I am confident that my experience in listening and helping to resolve their many issues will help me to better serve the district.”
The Herald and News did it again. They just can't help themselves. In Saturday, August 13th's edition on page A5, editor Steve Miller quibbles,
“To the strategists in the left and right camps, everything that anyone else says is biased. As well, no one from between the wings can simply think what the camps do or say or propose is wrong, or vain , or bad policy... it can't be other than premeditated political speech.”
Mr. Miller is making the case that reality consists of three main points of view: a “left” or liberal view, a “right” or conservative view, and finally a “middle” or neutral point of view.
KlamathNews.net is proud to announce that Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum is now blogging on our site. Commissioner Linthicum is tired of the misquotes, one-sidedness and out-of-context statements published by the Herald & News concerning himself and the issues he cares about.
Therefore, Commissioner Linthicum published his first “unfiltered” thoughts today on our website.
We welcome the Commissioner and hope you appreciate being able to read his words and ideas — without the H&N filter. You read and decide for yourself what to think. The H&N can go pound sand. Visit Commissioner Linthicum’s Blog >