Letter: People affected by HB77 need to make sure voices are heard

October 21, 2013 

I feel Ed Fogels' well-written article on water reservation rights and HB77 missed an important point.

He states that “water reservation applications should be submitted by a public agency, whether state, federal or local. …” That’s easy for people living in a village or city, but if you and/or your neighbors are living off the grid a hundred miles from a town hall, what our your options? Well, you band together with your neighbors and figure out a way to have your voices heard. Our democracy is based on this right of individual freedom to address/redress government. Passing HB77 would trump those freedoms and take away your voice. As Margaret Mead famously said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.”

Strip mining nine miles of salmon-producing stream to get at coal that will be sold to Asia is a serious matter and those people whose lives it will affect should not be silenced. 

— Mark Miner





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