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Celebrate local control


o the Editor:

This week we celebrate Public Power Week, Oct. 2 through the 8th.

Seventy-eight years ago, the citizens of Klickitat County decided they wanted to run their own electric system. They didn’t do this to lower rates. Today’s rates are about the same as Pacific Power, the company we had previously.

The reason citizens voted to run our own power company was for local control. We didn’t want to have someone from Portland or Kansas City making decisions that affected the very livelihood of our County. Not long ago, when you wanted a bank loan, you could meet up with the bank president downtown and lay out your case. They knew you and your family and made decisions on your rep...

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