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By Donna Westfall – March 29, 2017 – If you have been following the Board of Supervisors meetings (BOS) and read the articles in the local newspaper, you’ve heard these words many times, “We must support our congressman because he is working for us.”  No one has been more vocal about this than Supervisor’s Cowan and Howard.  So, when it came time for our board to support Congressman Huffman and his efforts to get high speed internet for us, this board stood silent like a deer in the headlights.

Congressman Huffman has submitted H.R. 800, a bill called “The New Deal Broadband Act of 2017.”  It would develop a comprehensive strategy for broadband in rural and underserved areas such as Klamath and would provide technical assistance to local governments to develop deployment strategies for broadband in our outlying areas.

This is a no-brainer for us because Del Norte County has many areas that are not served by broadband.  So, when Supervisor Berkowitz asked that the board submit a letter of support  for Congressman Huffman’s bill and submit copies of letters to the House of Representatives leadership, specifically to to House Majority Leader McCarthy and Speaker Ryan, the silence was deafening. Incredible.

Supervisor’s Cowan and Howard could have spoken up to support our congressman’s bill but instead, after a long period of silence, they voted to take up the issue at a later meeting.
So the question we ask is, how can we expect our congressman to support us on the issue of Last Chance Grade when our board won’t support him in his quest to get a bill that would benefit us?
Sometimes I think there are some members of the board of supervisors who are a few clowns short of a circus.
  1. This guy Bob Berkowitz is the real deal, I’m telling you something. This guy’s got his eyes on the prize. Just you wait and see, once this recall goes through? Wow. When the chips are down and that $320 million comes in he’s going to be right out there on the bulldozer, buddy, laying down that bypass himself. I’m telling you, he’s going to go the whole 9 yards! Bob Berkowitz: a name you will never forget!

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