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Stories on Salmon
Too Often Skewed

by John L. Cox
Tri-City Herald, September 13, 2018

Young children poised to sing Woody Guthrie's 'Roll on Columbia' before a congressional subcommitte hearing in Pasco, Washington (September 10, 2018). There has been a lot of skewed stories in the Tri-City Herald (TCH) over the past few months about the benefits of the dams and in particular the lower Snake River dams.

The TCH does a disservice to the news profession and the general public by not carrying balanced news and education on the subject. Who speaks for the salmon and other life forms impacted by dams? What are the long-term negative impacts of the dams? Just as sure as the scientific community is of man-caused climate change, they are sure that dams are detrimental to salmon and one of the principal causes of their demise.

I believe the salmon are one of the foremost Northwest icons, and that we ought to do more to save them. Surely a community that contains the organizations with big ideas and a prestigious National Research Laboratory could unbiasedly identify the roots of the problem and chart and help with a solution. I don't want to be known as someone who stood by and did nothing, similar to the case with Celilo Falls, where one of the greatest landmarks of the Pacific Northwest was destroyed by The Dalles Dam.

Related Pages:
Don't Blame Snake Dams for Grieving Mother Orca, Congressional Members Told in Pasco by Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, 9/10/18
Congress is Holding a Dam Debate in Pasco. Guess Which Side Has More Speakers by Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, 9/8/18
Tri-City Economy Would Crumble without Snake River Dams by Carl Adrian & David Reeploeg, Tri-City Herald, 8/29/18
100,000 Jobs Depend on Them. A Congress is Coming to Pasco to See If They're Worth Saving by Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, 8/29/18
Dams Also Make Our Desert Bloom by David Serell, Tri-City Herald, 8/15/18
Semis and Rail Cars Can't Replace Barging on the Snake River by Randy E. Hayden, Tri-City Herald, 9/1/18
Snake River Dams Critical to Irrigated Ag Industry by Darryll Olsen, Tri-City Herald, 8/25/18
The Immoral Reaction to an Orca Mother's Grief by Todd Myers, Tri-City Herald, 8/17/18
We Must Band Together to Protect Our Most Important Regional Asset -- the Snake River Dams by Utility Managers, Tri-City Herald, 8/11/18
Salmon and Dams Can Co-exist by Rachel Little, Tri-City Herald, 7/27/18

John L. Cox
Stories on Salmon Too Often Skewed
Tri-City Herald, September 13, 2018

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