The most divisive issue in Klamath County is the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement. You will be hard pressed to find someone who either doesn't know anything about it or doesn't have an opinion about it — well except Congressman Greg Walden.
In both 2010 and 2012, three county commissioners were not re-elected because they stood for the KBRA — Elliott, Switzer and Hukill. They were replaced by three commissioners who stand strongly opposed to the KBRA — Linthicum, Mallams and Bellet. State Representative Bill Girard was elected in 2010. He was anti-KBRA. His 2012 replacement, Gail Whitsett is also publicly against the KBRA, while her opponent was a big supporter for it (he lost). Then there is the State Senate seat held by Doug Whitsett — and as you guessed it — he too is against the implementation of the KBRA.
Then there is U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, who is has dropped into Klamath several times over the past three years. And his stance on the KBRA is _____________??? That's right, he has made no official stance. His only comments usually come in the form of saying there are some good parts and some bad parts to the KBRA, but he is careful not to define what those are. One would think we should get more from the Walden than, “no comment” concerning the biggest issue in the Klamath Basin. His lack of public opinion on the matter is as slippery as a sacred sucker fish.
But this isn’t the only issue where Congressman Walden is silent. He also is interestingly quiet concerning the current immigration debate in congress. Serving his eight term in office (that's 16 years), and according to his own statements as the “5th most powerful man in congress” shouldn't we expect leadership from this man? It’s easy to sit on the fence, to wait for a side to win and then shrug his shoulders as if he didn't have a dog in the fight. But again, is that why we elected this congressman — to sit on the fence concerning issues that will deeply impact this great Klamath community going forward?
If you follow other conservative legislators they have little difficulty expressing their views. From Texas Senator Ted Cruz to Representative Justin Amash (who by the way posts all his votes and why he votes on his Facebook page — now that’s a representative who is not hiding from his district) there are many conservatives who proudly voice their opinions publicly and then back them with votes.
Yet Where’s Walden? Where is he? He’s had plenty of time to study the KBRA and have an opinion. All we ask is that he quit dodging the tough issues and let us know what he really thinks. Remember, he is supposed to work for us.