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Best for Salmon, Taxpayers

by Editors
The Oregonian, July 25, 2000

Contrary to your editorial, "Saving Salmon the Right Way" (July 20), the decision to delay breaching is not welcome news to taxpayers.

After spending $20 million studying the fish to death and more than $3 billion on failing salmon-recovery efforts, the federal agencies continue to evade this issue.

As if that wasn't enough, federal taxpayers could be liable for billions in compensation payments to Columbia River Basin tribes if the fish go extinct. It's time to do what's right for salmon and taxpayers: Breach the four lower Snake River dams.

Kathleen McNeilly, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Washington, D.C.
Best for Salmon, Taxpayers
Letter to Editors of The Oregonian, July 25, 2000

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