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RESPONSE TO DAILY COURIER EDITORIAL
Scott Stoddard at the Daily Courier calls me out by name for criticizing M113 and its voters in his “The 68% knew exactly what they were doing” editorial. (link is behind a paywall) Here is my response:
Scott, 68% of voters pig-ignorantly voting to force the minority to submit to a reduction in minority quorum power doesn’t make it right. I stand by my evaluation of the dim bulbs who don’t think past the “DO YOUR JOBS” claim by the majority in power.
The Senators denying quorum at risk of not being able to run for re-election are TRULY doing their jobs. If you think the majority of people voting for a bill makes it a good bill you’re woefully naive.
Yes, Democracy often gets it wrong. Look at the naive/foolish votes for Measure 110 among others. It’s not hard to figure out that the majority in Leftist-controlled Oregon would come out voting basically against Republicans. They knew who, if anyone, was going to walk out using the only tool in a minority party’s toolbox – denial of quorum.
M113 was a blatant partisan attack against Republicans and you know it…as if Democrats were ever concerned it would apply to them in Oregon. I’m sure you would have wanted the Democrats who walked out in 2001 banned from seeking re-election when they protested the (then) majority Republicans from moving forward with a redistricting plan they didn’t agree with? Yeah, sure you would have.
Anyone in favor of eliminating minority party rights via denial of quorum is promoting and helping to ensure a pure totalitarian single party state.
Friday 5-26-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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7:10 Greg Roberts – Mr. Outdoors at www.RogueWeather.com
7:35 Ward 3 GP Councilor Dwayne Yunker talks about the true meaning of Memorial Day
8:15 Captain Bill Simpson, naturalist, Wild Horse Fire Brigade www.wildhorsefirebrigade.org but today he wades into the Klamath Dam issue. Concerned about the land around the dams being given away. Here’s more:
TO: Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors
RE: Brandon Criss endorsement of re-zoning of 7,027 acres of land in Siskiyou County favoring
I am requesting an answer to this question:
Is the Board of Supervisors also endorsing the re-zoning of the lands (7,027-acres) around Copco and Iron Gate Lakes?
It seems that: Brandon Criss, Siskiyou County Supervisor used his position as the Chair of the Siskiyou County Flood and Water Conservation District to support the sell-out the Citizens of Siskiyou County (especially those citizens in his District) by providing support to an Agenda to re-zone land away from Agricultural uses (Open Range grazing, etc.) into some other designation. (SEE BELOW). And how will this impact the land and home-owners in Copco and Iron Gate areas?
That 7,027-acres of land (aka: ‘Parcel B’ in the Final Agenda) should have rightfully been granted to the County as partial reparation for the loss of our dams, beneficial uses of the water and the green hydroelectric power.
The questions now for Citizens is this: Does Mr. Criss represent the genuine interests of the Citizens of Siskiyou County?
Does our Board of Supervisors represent the highest and best interests of the Citizens who elected it?
Also, before any ‘re-zoning’ can happen, the County has to provide Notice to each and every individual landowner with contiguous (or affected) land, and have a public hearing with proper notice on the matter of re-zoning 7,027 acres around Iron Gate and Copco Lakes from Ag-2 to some other designation.
I am unaware of any such ‘hearing’ or public notice being given by the County.
The County Board of Supervisors has a duty to answer these questions as made herein.
Regards, William E. Simpson II
Rancher and Citizen of Siskiyou County
Ph: 503. 890-0707
Capt. William E. Simpson II – USMM Ret.
Founder – Exec. Director – Wild Horse Fire Brigade
Ethologist – Author – Conservationist
Wild Horse Ranch
P.O. Bx. 202 – Yreka, CA 96097
Thursday 5-25-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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6:35 Murray Sabrin, PhD, author of From Immigrant to Public Intellectual : An American Story, is Emeritus Professor of Finance, Ramapo College of New Jersey. Dr. Sabrin is considered a “public intellectual” for writing essays about the economy in scholarly and popular publications. He is the author of Tax Free 2000, Why the Federal Reserve Sucks, Universal Medical Care: From Conception to End-of-Life, and Navigating the Boom/Bust Cycle. Sabrin’s latest book, The Finance of Health Care was recently published. His new book, From Immigrant to Public Intellectual, An American Story was just released.
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7:10 Listener Kim at Copco Lake talks about the Klamath Mitigation Fund www.KlamathMitigation.org and its offers to her and other property owners around the Klamath Dam removal areas. Is it a good deal??
7:35 Richard Emmons, publisher of the Josephine County Eagle joins me for a talk on Senator Ron Wyden’s Townhall meeting in Jo County Wednesday.
(From Richard’s Report) Today, Sen. Ron Wyden held his 1052nd Town Hall meeting. Yes, he holds at least one town hall meeting per year in all 36 Oregon counties. This is both good and bad.
I’ll cover the good first.
Sen. Wyden held today’s town hall meeting in the North Valley High School gym. Hundreds of students were present along with roughly 50 community members.
When I arrived, a staffer handed me a raffle ticket to give me a chance of asking a question.
I asked, “Do I need this since I’m with the Josephine County Eagle?” Another staffer said, “Oh no, you won’t need a ticket.”
As things turned out I’m glad I held on to my ticket.
We sat up in the bleachers and got started. Students asked questions on topics such as green energy, Ukraine war, inflation in the manufacturing sector and rising medical costs and the impact on families.
In between student questions were community questions. Here’s a recap of these questions.
Sue Densmore of the Oregon Caves had her ticket number called first. She asked about getting a little more funding for rebuilding the Oregon Chateau. Amazingly, the senator said, “Are you part of the Densmore family?” Successful politicians have had great facial recognition abilities long before such software was invented. Not surprisingly, he thought he could get more money for the project.
Next up to be called was yours truly. I hesitated for a half a second to wonder if I should wait for the “media question time.” Glad I took advantage of the moment.
I asked, “In light of your support for defending the Ukrainian border, what about protecting our Southern border? The millions of people crossing our border will take housing, jobs, and opportunities from Americans including these students while bringing in deadly drugs like fentanyl. What can be done about this?”
His answer was less than satisfying because he hearkened back to the days of President George Bush working with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy and their plan to make it easier for law-abiding illegal aliens and their children to gain citizenship.
He thanked me for my question and got the crowd to give me some applause. He did this with about every question.
Someone from KS Wild asked a question about the River Democracy Act and protecting old growth forests. KS Wild handed a flyer with suggested questions to attendees at the door. That’s called being prepared.
GP City Council President Valerie Lovelace may have asked a $50 million question. In roughly 30 seconds, she articulated the impact of federal lands causing JoCo to be a poor county, the increase in cost of our water treatment plant from $58 million to $116 million, and how the city had applied and been denied a “Bi-partisan Infrastructure Program” or BIP grant. Without begging, she made it clear we need to get this grant approved on second application. Sen. Wyden looked her in the eye and said he would make a call on this matter.
He said he normally does not make calls like this. We’ll see what happens. He did not promise me he’d call President Biden to build the wall or unleash ICE to stop the southern invasion.
The final community question was from a woman who had 43 years of healthcare work experience. She complained that the cost of Medicare was 3 times what she expected due to her being employed.
8:15 Dr. Steven Greenleaf “Steve the Marine” Talks the debt limit debacle, but says it is perfectly constitutional to repudiate the public debt…and we’ve done it before.
Wednesday 5-24-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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6:35 Eric Peters, automotive journalist at www.EPAutos.com and another great crop of articles discussed including:
7:10 State Senator Dennis Linthicum from Klamath Falls – www.ElectDennis.com – Week 3 of denial of quorum, what’s at steak and what are the latest negotiations?
8:15 Kevin Starrett, Oregon Firearms Federation – The Paramilitary Bill, why is it SO bad?
Tuesday 5-23-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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6:35 Marie Fischer with Project 21, www.Project21.org
Project 21 member Marie Fischer is an information technology specialist in higher education with over 20 years of experience in the IT field. She also works as a freelance political consultant on various campaigns in the State of Maryland.
Originally from Memphis Tennessee, she is currently a resident of Frederick County, Maryland — where she was a 2018 primary candidate for the Frederick County Board of Education.
“When I saw the warning issued by the NAACP I thought it was ridiculous. I am a new Florida resident, I am a woman who is black and Jewish and have never felt a more comfortable, safe and accepting environment in my life. Their reasons for the travel ban has nothing to do with minority status but progressive status. Here in Florida African American History is a graduation requirement for all high schools, so to say Black History is being erased is completely false. The restrictions on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is because it maligns other groups and ethnicities that do not fit their idea of victimhood. Many DEI programs have a tendency to perpetuate racism causing more hostility between races and ethnicities instead of bringing us all together.
In an era where our public schools have fallen even further behind than our global counterparts, (and black students are less likely to be proficient throughout the country than even their Hispanic, Biracial, and White peers) NAACP needs to concentrate on true education and knowledge for all to be able to compete, instead of being stuck in their feelings.”
7:10 State representative Kim Wallan HD 6, the latest from the state legislature!
7:35 Jo County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger, former ORP state chair. Why the quorum power is important, what does “equity” really mean today? Always a freewheeling convo!
Monday 5-22-23 Bill Meyer Show Guest Information
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7:10 Cal Martin is in studio, and we discuss a troubling development involving election ballots being given to non-citizens.
8:35 Buffy Pollock, reporter for the Rogue Valley Times discusses the amazing 5-part series on the Death Of Bobbie Kolada, a local caregiver. Here’s the first installment: https://www.rv-times.com/localstate/the-death-of-bobbie-kolada-part-1-did-somebody-do-this-to-her/article_13e06080-e934-11ed-944d-b711dcee8c15.html
8:15 Dr. Dennis Powers, “Where Past Meets Present” More about Dennis at www.DennisPowersBooks.com
The Table Rocks
By Dennis Powers
Rising 800 feet above the Rogue River, the Upper and Lower Table Rocks overlook the valley with exquisite views. The “upper” and “lower” refer to their positions alongside the river; Lower Table Rock is downstream, or lower on the river, from Upper Table Rock.
Approximately 50 to 35 million years ago, the Rogue River and other rivers deposited sandstone and materials in this area. The formation of the Rogue Valley happened 20 to 10 million years ago when the nearby Klamath Mountains uplifted. A large volcano built almost entirely of fluid lava flows (called a “shield volcano”) erupted 7 million years ago, as a huge lava flow spread out over the valley, from Prospect to Sams Valley.
This lava caused the land mass to rise to the Table Rocks’ height. The ancient Rogue River meandered through, eroding and carving away most of the lava rock. The Rogue washed away 90% of the lava-filled ground to the Pacific Ocean, leaving behind a few large rock masses and the two horseshoe-shaped buttes know as the Table Rocks. It is believed the shape of these steppes is due to the swift river curving around these new outlines.
With the influx of miners and settlers into the Rogue Valley, the Takelma Indians in 1853 launched an attack to reclaim their lands. As the U.S. Army retaliated, the Takelmas retreated to different places, including the natural fortress of Upper Table Rock. The Army sent a peace negotiator, Joe Lane. The Native tribes and U.S. Government negotiated a peace treaty that brought a temporary end to the bloody conflict. The peace treaty was entered into with the Shasta, Takelma, and Dakubetede Indians, collectively named the Rogue River Indians.
Congress ratified the Treaty of Table Rock, as the provisions established a temporary reservation on the Rogue River’s north side that included the two Table Rocks, Sams Valley, and different watersheds. It also provided supplies for the Indians to farm and ranch, as well as building nearby Fort Lane to protect both sides from one another.
This small fort was quickly erected on a hill overlooking what’s now Gold Ray Road and which pointed towards the reservation. Enlisted men and officer barracks, guardhouse, hospital, camp store, kitchens, and a blacksmith shop were within those walls.
Skirmishes continued between the two factions, culminating in October 1855, when a mob killed 28 Indians near the Table Rock Reservation. The Natives responded and murdered some 27 settlers and miners in kind. This ended the peace and brought about the “Rogue River War, 1855-’56, between the Natives and settlers. The Takelma, however (and unlike other tribes on the reserve), stayed on the reservation at peace, seeking also refuge and protection at Fort Lane. When the conflict ended, they were removed in 1856 to a reservation west of Salem. By the end of the year, Fort Lane was abandoned with scant evidence now left as to its ever having existed.
During the decades following, residents and tourists alike enjoy hiking the trails, picnicking, and seeing the marvelous sights. The hike to Upper Table Rock is an easy 3-mile trip, gaining some 700 feet; the hike up Lower Table Rock is a moderate 5.5-miles, gaining near 800 feet.
As an aside, John Day (another story) in the late 1980s constructed a 3⁄4-mile airstrip on the level top of Lower Table Rock to impress visiting Hollywood celebrities and buyers to purchase lots in Table Rock Estates—with luxury houses built on land high over Gold Ray Dam (now removed). The runway closed in the late 1980s, but stories abound about the small aircraft that landed there afterwards.
The Bureau of Land Management and Nature Conservancy manage the Table Rocks in different areas with these public-access trails. “Memorandums of Understandings” were signed in 2011 and 2012 with the Confederated Tribes and Umpqua Tribe to “allow the coordination of resources to protect the Table Rocks” for the future. A cooperative management plan for the area was completed in 2013.
Sources: Bill Miller, “The whispering walls of Fort Lane,” Mail Tribune, March 28, 2010; Buffy Pollock, “Hiking the Incredible Table Rocks,” Mail Tribune, January 16, 2008; Jeff LaLande, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: The Council of Table Rock,” at Treaty of Table Rocks.