Letters to the Editor, November 27

Walden irrigation bill

Congressman Greg Walden's recently introduced legislation, HR 4239, the proposed Klamath Infrastructure Improvement Act, continues the practice of bestowing taxpayer funded benefits on growers who receive irrigation water via the US Bureau Of Reclamation's Klamath Irrigation Project.

Those benefits mostly accrue to a small group of about a dozen growers who, through a combination of relatives and leases, control the most productive farmland in the Klamath River Basin, including the Tulelake Irrigation District where dominant growers farm in the fertile bed of what was once Tule Lake.

Taxpayer funded subsidies to affluent federal irrigators creates an unequal playing field, bestowing a competitive advantage on growers who receive water supplied by the federal government over those Basin residents who developed and maintain their own irrigation works. That is wrong and not in keeping with America's tradition of fair play.

For that reason, and because taxpayers should not be made to subsidize well-to-do private businesses, residents of the basin should tell Mr. Walden to withdraw his bill and never again seek to use taxpayer's hard earned dollars to subsidize federal irrigation.

Mr. Walden should be ashamed to be seeking subsidies for individuals that will add to the ballooning deficit.

Resident's of the Klamath River Basin: Let's say no to Greg Walden's legislation, restore fair play, and insist that everyday citizens must not be made to subsidize wealthy growers.

Felice Pace


A City Hall for Ashland The Ad Hoc Committee which studied options for the location of City Hall realized that no matter what, the current City Hall building is not adequate. In other words it should be either reinforced or dismantled and rebuilt no matter what its future use might be. Since it has been added on to and the facade reworked, the historic value of the building is compromised. Thus, the best decision is to dismantle it and start over and build a larger City Hall building in its place even if the project calls for building over the steps towards the park to gain additional space. A project of that size will require a bond issue. The passage of a bond issue is never guaranteed, but there will be a guaranteed defeat unless the bond issue stipulates keeping City Hall in the downtown area. Moving City Hall out of the downtown would be a further abandonment of our downtown to tourists, travelers, and the homeless. Downtown business owners won't benefit from that, and Ashland as a whole doesn't need that. We need our downtown to be relevant. Brent Thompson Ashland

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