Re: NANFA-- spikedace radio script & article

Jay DeLong (
Fri, 13 Jul 2001 13:57:12 -0700


>Go to and click on the story, "Senator loses bid
>to release wate"

From that article, referring to the Klamath basin's farms:
"It's too late for this year's crop -- I grant you that," Smith said. "But
it's turning into a dust bowl like what existed before Franklin Roosevelt's
vision, and foreclosure notices are going out."

What a joke-- it was not a dust bowl! What created dusty conditions, if
any, was the federal government draining of a massive series of wetlands
and creating farmland early last century. Is it any wonder we get such
stupid representation and silly laws when elected politicians mislead like

I sympathize with the families in the basin who can't raise crops in a
drought like this year. They and their families accepted the land back then
in good faith, and it was given to them in the same good faith, thinking
they'd always have water. But it's humorous and hypocritical to me that
here we have a community of people screaming about government intervention
(protecting endangered species) while they themselves have been the
recipients of government handouts of land and water for decades.

A few NANFA members visited the Klamath Basin a few years back and I wrote
an article about our trip for AC. It's a 600+ KB pdf file and is at:

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
"When you believe in things you don't understand, then you suffer. 
Superstition ain't the way."

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