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Consult a Mirror, Dick

by Sophia Gill
Lewiston Tribune, October 30, 2022

Graphic: Lower Snake River dams combined with their Compensation Plan hatceries are the high cost producers of the FCRPS. On Oct. 6, a letter in the Lewiston Tribune suggested that Scout Alford's involvement in Youth Salmon Protectors indicates that the Tribune is "indoctrinating our children" into supporting dam breaching.

As a junior at Lewiston High School, I can tell you that the only indoctrination happening concerning this issue is by the federal government.

The Bonneville Power Administration, an out-of-state run, federal entity has been lying for years about the efficacy of the four lower Snake River dams.

They say that salmon survival rates are about 95%. They say that the dams are producing 3,000 megawatts of power. They say that without barging, Lewiston will be economically inviable.

What they don't say is that while salmon can get over the dams, the hot water behind them is driving these keystone fish to extinction.

They don't tell you that the 700 megawatts that dams actually produce are artificially inflating power prices in the Northwest as these dams are more expensive than energy on the open market.

They don't say that you, a taxpayer, are subsidizing $15,000 per barge that passes through Lewiston when rail is, in fact, cheaper.

Dick Sherwin, you are the indoctrinated one.

Sophia Gill, Lewiston
Consult a Mirror, Dick
Lewiston Tribune, October 30, 2022

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