From The Idaho Statesman, Saturday, August 25, 2007, Main page 14
Cascade Docks - Federal policy an invasive imposition on homeowners
I would like to let the public know about another invasive and
ridiculous government proposal that will probably interest few people
even though it is a practice that is becoming more and more typical
of the increasing government interference in our lives and may
someday affect each one of us.
The latest proposal: the Bureau of Reclamation (headed by Dirk
Kempthorne of the Department of Interior) wants to remove all private
docks from Cascade Reservoir. These docks have permits issued by the
B.O.R. and generate thousands of dollars annually. Under the
proposal, this revenue will be entirely lost, but I have yet to be
told what or who this propsal would benefit. However, as I
understand it, the huge proposed marina at Tamarack will be allowed
to stay. Hmm.
The B.O.R. has graciously allowed the homeowners a comment period.
Do they expect all homeowners to say: Oh, yes, please make us remove
our docks that have cost us thousands of dollars?
Is it any wonder that our confidence in government is at an all-time
low, and our politicians' approval ratings are the lowest ever
Basil Harrison, Donnelly