Conservative News & Commentary

Mar 25, 2016 — by: A. Smith
Categories: Government

The KBRA (Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement) was written in secret, behind closed doors by self-appointed people. After finalized, the KBRA was sold to the broader community as the best way forward to solve all water issues. Tribes would get prime timber land, fishermen would get fish, farmers would get water — what’s not to love in this wonderful agreement? It’s a win-win... or so the proponents claimed.

The problem with the KBRA/KHSA is that they both promoted special interests over the interest of the people. While these groups (Tribes, some farmers and fishermen) got what they wanted, the burden (aka the cost of this agreement) would fall on Pacific Power rate payers and tax payers. This is always how special interests work — benefits for the few at the table, and everyone else ends up with the bill.

Now think about the write-in candidates that challenge Dennis Linthicum for the State Senate and E. Werner Reschke for State Representative. A group of self-appointed people met in private to draft candidates. When their decision had been made they began to sell these people as the best way to move forward in Salem. Sound familiar? Once again, this is not the will of the people, but the will of a special interest group who are angry there is not a liberal or Democrat in the race they can support. Therefore they have drafted two write-in candidates, with R's on their name badges, but who have policies that align well with liberal ideas, not conservative ones. It is no coincidence advocates for the KBRA are also the same people who have drafted these write-ins.

But that is not enough. This special interest group is also encouraging Democrats and Independents to switch to the Republican party for the primary. People are not switching because they are changing their political views and now want to become Republicans, but to help steal the Republican nomination away from conservatives — the base of the Republican party and the base of this community.

So once again special interests are pushing their agenda as if it is best for the everyone. In reality, it is a win-win them and for their write-in candidates. Should the write-ins win, who do you think they will have an allegiance to — the people or the special interests? And then who do you think will bear the cost for their grand write-in idea?


  1. Lee Webber ~ Mar. 25, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

    Right on! It's possible that Whitsett's had this planned, but so be it, no laws were broken. I think we need someone in office who is conservative. Who does the Mayor think he is? What business is this of his? As far as I'm concerned he is a drunk that should be voted out of office... #
  2. George George ~ Mar. 25, 2016 @ 1:37 pm

    Many of Mike Judge’s fans will be thrilled to learn that his famous duo, Beavis & Butt-Head are back! Who could portray them better than a couple of RINO’s from Klamath County? Al Switzer, a disgruntled former commissioner that couldn’t even place second in his own party’s primary, is hoping conservatives have forgotten why he lost so badly in 2012. He received fewer votes than the Democrat candidate running for his office, which lost in the general election to Tea Party Conservative, Tom Mallams. Switzer supported the KBRA that was a key issue during the campaign. In other words, he supports dam removal that has been rejected by both California and Oregon residents. Todd Kepple, a former Herald & News reporter is the other half of the duo. Need I say more about his connections with The Herald & News? Anyone who has been in Klamath County for awhile is well aware of the newspaper’s position in local politics, and it isn’t exactly conservative. Kepple led the public safety levy in a losing attempt to convince Klamath County voters the jail needed 5 million dollars to stay afloat. Soon after the levy attempt failed the county again found enough money to continue. The attempt to raise money for public safety was honorable, but the amount that his committee asked for was beyond the pale. The request was not unusual given the political ideology of many of the committee members that included Kepple, and Kelly Minty Morris, both RINO’s. If the amount asked for would have reflected the actual amount needed it is quite possible the levy would have passed. The torch bearer for the write-in candidates is none other than the liberal Klamath Falls Mayor, Todd Kellstrom. Remember Pine Cone Corporation and his losing eminent domain court case? He has also spent a great deal of taxpayer’s money to study another ‘takeover” of a local utility. Obama would be proud of Mayor Kellstrom! The talking points for the group is; “Tea Party Republicans are too conservative!” They insist we need representatives that will get on their knees for the Democrats in Salem and, “Shine their shoes?” Just because we don’t have a majority of conservatives in Salem doesn’t mean, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” We have to continue to fight with every possible method at our disposal to defeat the RINO Republicans who want to hand it all over to the Socialist/Communist Democrats! The “Todd’s” are no different than the McConnell’s, the Boehner’s and the Ryan’s in Washington DC. They would elect Beavis & Butt-Head rather than Tea Party Republicans! This has been an amazing election cycle. It has filtered out the RINO’s all the way from Washington DC to Klamath County. They have finally had to come out of the closet because We the People are finally fed up and are calling them out on the lies they have espoused for decades. Folks, this is happening right here in our back yards, and it is real! This is the year of reckoning of our culture and way of life, vote accordingly! #
  3. Thank You ~ Mar. 30, 2016 @ 10:59 am

    I just want to say thank you. I think this satirical op ed piece is hilarious, thank you for the laugh. As a Republican myself, I am embarrassed by the Whitsett's and their backdoor shady deals to steal the election. And to think I voted for them. I would vote for someone like Bernie Sanders instead of the knucklehead Linthicum. He destroyed Klamath, lets not give him the chance to destroy the State. Glad we have a choice now. #
  4. Finnious T Fogbottom ~ Apr. 8, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

    SOMEONE ELSE’S CHOICE = YOUR SACRAFICE Over the past 25 years over 800 dams of various sizes have been destroyed in our nation alone. That is a bit scary since one of the big differences between first and third world countries is found in the existence or absence of fully functioning dams. The politically correct World Bank had been busily financing the construction of Third World dams by the way, until there arose too much pressure from their otherwise Green allies. Truly when the ethically protected usage, flow and storage of water is harnessed by and for humankind freedom can have a tendency to abound, when combined with free markets that is. With the availability of resources as such there also comes great opportunity for individual advancement in terms of education, employment, wealth, strength, vitality, health and the pursuit of happiness. That also leads directly to the enhancement of the general fitness, financial soundness, global relevance, unity, security and wellbeing of a nation, from the bottom up. On the other hand if a certain sort would like to subversively take control of a nation an obvious place to begin would be to gain despotic, destructive and disruptive control over its waters. Because with that also comes authority over many other things that we can’t live without like food, wealth, jobs, electricity etc. It hasn’t gone without notice that over recent decades there have been many an alarming attempt and success in the movement to drain our citizenry and nation of its wealth, rights, freedom, future, confidence, trust of government, unadulterated history and might. Simultaneously a form of top down centralized constituency free governance has been worming its way into the political landscape of our nation and even the world. So, what if there really were dedicated and well funded operations in existence which work tirelessly to undermine capitalism, and with that reshape the balance of local, regional, national and global power? What if their preferred and nearly perfected disruptive mechanism is simply the oppressive manipulation of water, species, rights, equality issues, sea and land policy? What if all of this was falling into place through Marxist inspired radical political correctness and environmentalism, empowered by the tragic consensus, collaboration and support of a manipulated populace which has apocalyptically yet proudly exchanged the truth for a lie? Well, that just may be what is currently taking place near and far. Not too long before the seemingly treacherous and unsupported agreement to remove four Klamath River dams was signed (with blatant indifference to voter or congressional approval) it was more than a little disquieting to find out that Dan Keppen, (former head of the Klamath Water Users Association) had met with the Obama Whitehouse and the United Nations in person to discuss water issues, water policy and resolution templates including the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) etc. That time line may be coincidental, still it is important to consider how many of the KBRA collaboration buzz words are found throughout a UN report titled MANAGING WATER UNDER UNCERTAINTY AND RISK. It is quite revealing to search out (control/F) certain words in that document. There are some words and terms with a local parallel which you will quickly recognize like: STAKEHOLDERS, SUSTAINABILITY, UNSUSTAINABLE, COLLABORATE ,WATER UNCERTAINTY, JOBS, GREEN ECOMOMY, BIODIVERSITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, RESTORATION, WATER QUALITY, POLLUTION, STATUS QUO (which is probably code for locals trying to maintain their legal, economic, citizenship and constitutional rights) INEQUALITY, EQUALITY, INDIGENOUS, LOCAL, OGRANIC, ORGANIC AGRICULUTRE, BIOODIVERSITY, NATURAL, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH, CLIMATE CHANGE, ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT, MONITORING, FAIRNESS, JUSTICE, DISTRIBUTIONAL JUSTICE, GOVERNANCE (as opposed to representative government) and on and on. We have been thoroughly sound-bite-bitten by those same UN mantra bumper sticker slogans and terms around here since the beginning of the local collaborator's stakeholder “settlement” process. It all seems to be frighteningly in sync as well with what is referred to as he UN’s Millennium Declaration and Millennium Development Goals. I was sad but not astonished as well to see in Keppen’s Herald and News article that he was also happy about the success enjoyed by Klamath Blue Zone programs and projects. Here too rises up the nagging fear that KBZone may be just one more local manifestation of a citizen’s Marxist Manifesto. It does make you wonder for sure when the recent H & N Blue Zone article spewed this: “A community effort …these measures may look like someone coming into town and arbitrarily telling people what they can and can’t do. But he said there comes a time when a community needs to consider how an individual’s decisions impact the entire group… Sometimes, as a society, we have to ask and answer some very hard questions about what is best for all of us…Similarly, he continued, when it comes to health, sometimes we’re going to have to make difficult choices and make individual sacrifices in favor of benefiting a larger population.” It sounds like they would also like to eventually make some UN similar choices for us: choices for our improved healthy happy alternative communal sustainable future. In the end it is all about others answering questions and making choices for us – for the greater good of the greater number of course! Sky Lakes Medical Center (for the greater good) is NOW telling us that it is not making Blue Zones like choices for us, yet visitors can no longer buy sugared anything on the hospital premises. It is so nice that we have so many caring people running around close to where we live making “good choices” for we dummies! We dummies who don't know good from bad, right from wrong, evil from good and on and on. A few more Soviet style consensus councils and we just may be on our way to heaven on earth, and peace and unity without God. Until things literally and predictably go to Hell. So, it should go without saying that there is as usual just a whole lot at stake in the upcoming elections. Especially when one considers that no truly conservative politician could ever have anything to do with the Marxist inspired, anti-republic KBRA etc., Blue Zones or the whole mess of tax and spend Citizens for Great Sounding but Eventually Self-Destructive Stuff. At their core one must fully consider the probability that whether by naivety, greed, misdirection, foolishness or malice they share the some of the political leanings as found in the bulk of our nation’s enemies past and present. It is all a receipt for disaster. As we discover through inquiry and questions what the candidates are all about and where their roots are fastened, we will then have a good idea of where they are coming from and where they are trying to go, or take us. In the end don’t vote for anyone who will try to get you to agree to sacrifice what you can’t afford to lose to someone who hasn't earned it, then take you somewhere you don’t want your family, your friends, yourself, community, city, county, state or country, or world to go, let alone become! Finnious T. Fogbottom #
  5. Tim Phillips ~ Apr. 8, 2016 @ 8:54 pm

    Ironic that Mr. Smith is worried about people switching to the Republican party to 'steal' the election. #

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