Leading not meddling


Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2000

Thanks to the Empire for the Nov. 19 article on potential negative impacts to Alaskan fishermen due to salmon-killing dams on the Snake River in eastern Washington.

The author did a fine job bringing Southeast residents up to date on endangered salmon recovery efforts in the Pacific Northwest, but comments attributed to Bob King, spokesman for Gov. Tony Knowles, left me puzzled.

It's clear removing the Lower Snake River dams is in Southeast Alaska's best interest. But Mr. King described taking a strong stand in support of dam bypass as meddling in the internal affairs of other states. The governor would not be meddling by supporting dam removal, he'd be doing what's best for salmon and the thousands of Alaskans who depend on them.

In fact, Gov. Knowles would be echoing the position of seven Alaska communities, hundreds upon hundreds of Alaska commercial fishing permit holders, sport fishing businesses and trade associations, several Fish and Game advisory committees, his own experts at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the governor of Oregon.

We here in Southeast Alaska need Gov. Knowles to make a clear, bold statement supporting removal of the four Lower Snake River dams in order to save wild salmon. He can rest assured that here at home we won't see him as meddler but as a leader.

Tim Bristol

Save Our wild Salmon


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