Conservative News & Commentary

Nov 23, 2012 — by: J. Madison
Categories: Government


On Tuesday November 21st, both Commissioners Switzer and Hukill outvoted Commissioner Linthicum to extend the KBRA for two more years.

What is curious is that only a few months prior these same two commissioners, who knew their terms would be up at the end of the year, decided to extend county employee contracts only one year instead of the normal two, three and five years. The reasoning was that since Switzer and Hukill were soon to be leaving, it didn't make sense for the outgoing commissioners to saddle Mallams and Bellet (the new commissioners) with these types of decisions. So by extending the contracts just for a year, Mallams and Bellet would be able to negotiate with the unions for the length of their first terms.

One wonders if something that important, county employee contracts, can be put off for one year so the new commissioners can be directly involved, why was it okay to extend the KBRA for another two years giving the new commissioners no say in the matter? Why didn't they just table the extension, as Commissioner LInthicum motioned, in order to allow Mallams and Bellet a say in the matter?

The main reason both commissioners wanted the KBRA to go forward was because they said they saw no other alternatives. This is laziness at best and malpractice at worst. There are several alternatives to the KBRA but none of these alternatives are allowed into the arena. They are kept outside and called names: radical, stupid, won't work, bigoted, you name it. There are plenty of ways to ensure farmers have enough water each year and to ensure that fish populations don't go extinct. But again, these ideas aren't allowed into the discussion. Only the secretly written, created behind closed doors, sacred KBRA is allowed for consideration.

Switzer also claimed his vote was to ensure that the commissioners "stayed at the table." Really?! This man must be kidding if not senile. So now the new rule is if you disagree with something, you aren't allowed at the table? What school of thought is this? Pure idiocy.

The Majority is Against KBRA

One can look at all sorts of data which shows the KBRA is not the majority opinion in Klamath County. There is the 2009 telephone poll conducted at the direction of State Representative Girrard and Senator Whitsett and the 3:1 ratio of opinions opposing the KBRA at the October 2011 meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Interior.

One could further argue that this specific issue, the KBRA, is the very reason that three commissioners (Elliott, Switzer and Hukill) are soon to be former County Commissioners — they were for the KBRA, when the majority of Klamath is against it. And yet, one of Switzer's and Hukill's last important decisions will be to rule against the will of the people for who they supposedly serve.

Either they didn't learn their lesson during the primary campaigns when they lost to Mallams and Bellet (who both are strongly opposed to the KBRA), or are just stubborn, thinking they know best.

Indeed, foolish to the end.


  1. Carol Warren ~ Nov. 24, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    Personally, I think Switzer wanted to punish the people for voting him out of office, and Hukill enjoyed it. This is the most mean-spirited thing I've seen in a very long time! What a Loving Legacy they've left of themselves ... #
  2. William Penn ~ Nov. 25, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    Yes indeed, LAME + DUCKS Lame because the two outcast commissioners would not listen and will not listen. Besides the previously listed options to the KBRA there are good minds, willing and able and disinfeanchised by a socialist agenda, to create a map that takes us away from the tallons of the federal government. Ducks because they ignore the obvious. The KBRA is expensive to participate in and it's outcome reduces the community tax base while it grows a dependence on federal tax dollars. #
  3. Benedict Arnold ~ Nov. 25, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    1st order of business for new Commissioners should be to review and probably rescind all motions & resolutions passed by the vote or votes of Lame Duck Comm's!! Bene #
  4. Finnious T. Fogbottom ~ Nov. 27, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Well that settles it then; K-bra is in fact for boobs. Finnious #
  5. Terry Clemens ~ Nov. 27, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    What a couple of buffoons!! Good riddance!! #

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