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Will voters re-elect ignorant leaders?

Letter: David Bearman, Kooskia

Convicted drunk driver Gov. “Butch” bemoans Federal Judge Winmill’s ruling that closed U.S. Highway 12 to megaloads, saying that the judge obviously doesn’t share Idaho values. The judge didn’t “make law” suiting those who worship unregulated capitalism.

From top to bottom, from our D.C. legislators down to our governor, from him to our legislature down to our county commissioners, those who fancy themselves “in charge” worship capitalism at any cost.

The Woodlot Tavern & Cafe in Orofino recently went bankrupt because there’s no longer enough of a supportive fisher-folk customer base. Fish numbers have dropped too low, they said, yet not one voice from those “in chargers” was heard when the Port of Lewiston knowingly dumped dredged material into the Clearwater/Columbia rivers at the (“overly-regulated”) illegal time, thereby threatening, if not killing, those fish.

“Let Mammoet use Highway 12,” wrote someone from Orofino. “They’re professionals, they’re not going to drop a megaload!” Mammoet did just that, although thankfully not into the Lochsa.

A recent megaload haul using an alternate route past Salmon, was stopped by ice on the roadway. Idaho’s Transportation Department “helpfully” sprayed thousands of gallons of chemical deicer, reported one of the crew who applied it (probably just a “radical environmentalist” fisherman, right?) to get them going. The chemical runoff goes where? Downhill, of course, right into the head of the Salmon River which, we all could know, is “only” important to a bunch of fish.

Are Idaho voters so ignorant they’ll elect/re-elect money-grubbing, ignorant “leaders?” We’ll see, eh?

David Bearman



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