PNP comment: Talking about protecting their own! Herald & News has signed-on to the KBRA, just like Greg Addington and Dan Keppen. Hum, you can’t even write biased letter to the Herald & News in Klamath Falls without them making it biased to dam removal. It used to be that individuals were allowed their right to an opinion without others immediately being able to comment. Looks like YELLOW Journalism is alive and well in the 21st century! — Editor Liz Bowen
Where is the water going to come from?
Agreement doesn’t promise more water
Herald and News
Letter to the Editor
May 1, 2012
Editor’s note: Because of the tenor of the remarks in this letter, the Herald and News contacted the targets and asked for responses, which are below:
The truth about the KBRA: Dan Keppen and Greg Addington are implants from the federal government’s agenda to depopulate rural America.
They are here to destroy the farms in the Klamath Basin and in that it will destroy the economy of our community.
Does anyone remember the year 2001 when the government took the water away from farms, and there were our fellow citizens standing in food lines for assistance? Well, I do and it was sad and degrading to hardworking families that depended on the economic base from the farmers.
In the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, there is not one single thing that guarantees water for the farms and it actually says it will take water from the farms.
Keppen and Addington have been lying to this community all for a position in the New World Order at the cost to our community and children’s future.
The KBRA/Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement might as well been written by Hitler, Gorbachev and Stalin. Ask Keppen and Addington what page, what paragraph, and what line in the KBRA promises water for the farmers. And don’t let them beat around the bush, hold their feet to fire. They will not show you because it’s not there.
Charter Board member of the Klamath Bucket Brigade, and farmer in Klamath and Lake counties
Editor’s note: Dan Keppen is Executive Director of the Family Farm Alliance. Greg Addington is executive director of the Klamath Basin Water Users Association. Both have been supporters of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. Their responses follow.
By GREG ADDINGTON
Bob King’s letter alleges that Dan Keppen and I are “here to destroy farms in the Klamath Basin” and we “have been lying to this community all for a position in the new world order.” Interesting, I haven’t even sent the NWO my resume!
Mr. King just doesn’t get it. The one statement he makes that deserves a response is one that challenges us to show him exactly where the KBRA “promises water for farmers.” I’m not a lawyer, but I know that if the KBRA promised water to anybody it would violate state water law.
Under the KBRA you can’t divert water unless you have a water right. What matters about the KBRA is that it protects the use of the water under that water right.
My great-grandparents homesteaded on the shores of Lower Klamath Lake and my kids are the fifth-generation of my family to call this place home.
I care deeply about this community and its future. We should all be grateful to those who came before us and developed the infrastructure and perfected water rights that built these communities.
In these times it is irresponsible — silly, even — to simply deny the existence of things like tribal water rights or the Endangered Species Act.
Our obligation to the community and those who will come after us is to deal with the real world in an intelligent way and find meaningful solutions.
The KBRA does that. It will use legal tools that have not been used before and includes many significant commitments that protect the right to divert water.
Read Mr. King’s letter again and then ask yourself, what you think the biggest threat to agriculture and our community really is.
By DAN KEPPEN
I admit I am uncomfortable responding to unsubstantiated allegations of this sort, but do appreciate the opportunity to set the record straight.
Mr. King’s letter tries to put words in my mouth. No one in the West has a 100-percent guarantee of water. What I have stated is my belief Klamath Project irrigators will have much more water supply certainty under the KBRA than with the status quo.
That belief is derived from 25 years’ experience dealing with water resources engineering and policy issues at all levels.
That belief is built on the understanding that a very complex document was forged by very diverse, sometimes traditionally adversarial, water professionals — and that every sentence in that document was painstakingly negotiated by all of those parties.
That belief persists after thoroughly reading the KBRA and knowing the character and credentials of many who were involved with crafting the agreement.
For the record, an organization I work under contract for — the Family Farm Alliance — has not taken a position on the KBRA. However, as an independent citizen of this community, I have every right to stand up and take a civil, reasonable position on something I feel strongly about.
I certainly respect the passion Mr. King and the other KBRA opponents carry for their cause. But, really — those of us who take pride in the fact that our community took part in the creation of a historic accord should not be personally and publicly attacked simply for having a different viewpoint. I honestly do not know what Mr. King means when he calls me an “implant” from the “federal government’s agenda.” So, I cannot respond to that particular claim. Ironically, the best argument I have in my defense on this matter is Mr. King’s own letter. Read it again. Please.
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