Dead or Alive: How do you like your herring?Permalink +
Sun, Jan 18, 2015, 8:15 pm // Tip Johnson
Bob Watters, boss of now infamous mouthpiece Craig Coal, has stepped in personally to prop up his crumbling coal dump investment scam. This follows Lummi official Tim Ballew's Herald editorial of Jan. 8, in which he states that the tribe will not negotiate because the impacts cannot be mitigated. In response to Ballew, the Herald later granted Watters his own editorial counterpoint. Watters clearly knows how to dissemble and is obviously now playing to latent local anti-indian racist sentiments. Craig Coal earlier threatened the Whatcom Watch with an arbitrary and capricious law suit for suggesting a connection between local anti-indian events and Watters' bogus coal dump scam. That put the Watch into a tail spin it from which it is now just recovering. Now we should reexamine that connection.
Watters first plays his hyper-inflated jobs card, pretending he will create great jobs for Whatcom County's underemployed. This fantasy has already been thoroughly debunked. Then he plays the property rights card, just to stir up the good old boys who typically resent the tribe. He further suggests the Lummi already have far too much, not only in terms of grants and subsidies, but also too much control over their fishing grounds. Does he think a fishing people would have agreed in 1855 to fish for half of an ever diminishing supply of salmon? What does he think salmon eat? Pollution? Or is he just trying to rile up non-tribal fishers?
He argues that Cherry Point is only .002 percent of the 1.9 million acres of Lummi fishing grounds. How can the Lummi possibly be so greedy as to deny him the right to pollute minuscule Cherry Point? Watters neglects to reveal that three industrial permits previously issued at Cherry Point destroyed more than 60% of the total herring production of all Puget Sound. He seem eager to finish off the herring, suggesting Lummi fishing is already not sustainable.
I have news for Watters. Fishing is worse because the herring stock was whacked by industrial pollution at Cherry Point. Salmon sustained human habitation in this area for at least 12,000 years. Without salmon, we will lose the seal and orca, too. Does he really think his pollsters would find support for that? Malarkey! I challenge Watters to ask residents if they would rather have a few jobs or protect the salmon, seal and orca.
Coal is the new buggy whip. Watters' project is a scam. Herring are the real deal. Ballew is right and Watters is wrong. Dead wrong. Ballew speaks for life and a way of life. The likes of Watters and Cole will destroy anything to make a buck. Restore the herring at Cherry Point before issuing ANY new permits for pollution. Period.
As always, the Herald should reconsider how much ink they afford folks appealing to racist undercurrents.
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