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Other Voices: Doolittle misses key points in The Union interview

Notes on the recent Doolittle Interview with The Union.

1. When referring to the Sacramento Bee Auburn Dam article, “A Torrent of Doubts” (Sunday, Feb. 19), Mr. Doolittle called it “outrageous.” He said, “It only quoted environmentalists.” However, several quotes in the piece are attributed to the following: Randy Kanouse, a Utility District lobbyist; Bruce Kranz, Chairman of the American River Authority (a joint powers agency consisting of foothills governments); Sacramento County Supervisor and Chairman of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Roger Dickinson; Otis Wollan, board member of the Placer County Water District. Environmentalists?

2. In the interview with Pat Butler, he said, “The Auburn Dam is the only effective solution to protecting Sacramento.” In the article the Flood Control Agency Chairman points out that there are numerous threats to protecting the area, not the least of which would be another protracted dam debate, which could delay funding for much needed “levee improvement and Folsom Dam modifications expected to double the city’s flood protection.”

3. Our Representative wondered about claims that he’s “out of touch.” He asked Mr. Butler, “What do they mean when they say that?” Well, when he supports building the most costly dam in American history (and, as the article points out, one of questionable efficacy) in a time of record deficits, one has to wonder. Maybe they mean it has something to do with his failed sales pitch on privatizing Social Security. People didn’t want the changes suggested. Perhaps they have in mind the fact that despite numerous polls showing strong public support for environmental protection, he voted for legislation . . . that would take apart the Endangered Species Act. (Union interview.) Could they be thinking that at a time when folks want real lobbying reform his support of a “modest” version won’t cut it? But, by any measure, they mean if you have to ask the Editor of a newspaper (and not your constituents) you’re so far out of touch a Legion of Lobbyists won’t get you back.

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