from February 2013, Economics
In May 2013 Klamath County residents will face a ballot measure asking whether the Klamath County School District should be allowed to borrow $31 million to build a school and do capital improvements on current structures. The proponents of this measure will claim the virtues of supporting our schools. They will claim how it is wrong to send children to "shacks" instead of nice buildings to attend class. Furthermore, they claim the community will be better off with a new building, and how this will foster a sense of pride. This pride will translate into those outside the county reconsidering Klamath County. And once it is discovered how modern the school buildings in Klamath County are, people will begin moving their families into the area. Indeed, what a wonderful world this will be!
Unfortunately, this fantasy world quickly falls apart when facts are introduced, and we consider the real reasons why people and families move. While education may be a factor in deciding to move a family from one location to another, there are more important factors families consider before moving. There is the larger family to consider — will they be farther away from Aunts and Uncles, Cousins and Grandparents if they move to Klamath? There is the weather to consider — some people don't do well in snow or colder climates. But mostly there are economic issues to consider — by moving will the family be in the same, a worse or a better economic situation? While every family will weight these questions differently, the majority of people put economics first. If moving means a loss to a standard of living, it is a good bet the move will not take place.
Guest article by Finnious T. Fogbottom
To the current Klamath County Commissioners,
I agree with your stance against the KBRA and related issues. To understand your position one need only look at how the integrity of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Paul Houser and seven or so Federal biologist was savagely maligned because they refused to support a set of indefensible dirty tricks and unscientific falsehoods. How could they be forced to call it science anyway when there are no (acknowledged) Basin deep core samples hanging around: Samples that would have established a reliable scientific baseline as to the true hydrologic etc. etc. etc. history of this disturbingly and darkly coveted region?
Heck, if they just went along with it all and then got busted they’d just be promoted in one way or another like the Hair of the Lynx Hoax folks. So their stand agaisnt the safe, lazy and easy path makes them true American heroes!