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May 2012




This month, we define hypocrisy.  The dictionary definition of hypocrisy is:

hypocrisy  (hɪˈpɒkrəsɪ) — n  , pl -sies

1. the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc, contrary to one's real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety

2. an act or instance of this

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition 2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

The Swinomish Tribal newsletter Kee Yoks professes to be opposed to plastic because of its severe impacts on fish and marine life in general.  See below:

From Page 15 of the Swinomish Tribal Newsletter Kee Yoks April 2012 Edition

Meanwhile, Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell is building a massive expansion to his water treatment plant after his municipality “recently gave Tethys Enterprises a contract for five million gallons per day of Skagit River water without any environmental review or meaningful public notice. This water will be exported from the Skagit Basin, forever. Unlike exempt wells, the water sold to Tethys will not be recharged into the groundwater table. The water will be hauled on railcars, permanently taken out of the Skagit River Basin. To put this quantity of water into context, five million gallons per day represents approximately 25 percent of the existing U. S. market in bottled water--a massive amount of water. In the face of climate change, shrinking glaciers and a reduced water supply, the Skagit estuary will need this water in order to keep producing threatened Chinook for the Tribe's commercial and ceremonial needs. The issue is directly connected to a viable fishery for future generations.” (See: 5/9/2012 Letter to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community)

Perhaps this explains why in December 2010, the Anacortes City Council “approved three contracts totaling nearly $60 million for construction of a new water treatment plant on the site of the current plant in the Riverbend area of Mount Vernon” (Source: 12/14/2010 Anacortes Now).

Anacortes Water Treatment Plant 

So what does Tethys Enterprises do with 5,000,000 gallons of water per day?  They put it into plastic bottles and the Swinomish Tribe does not protest the same.  This is the same Tribe that protests individual property owners from developing private wells because it “might” harm salmon.  Hypocrisy never had a finer hour…

A true and tried statement of politics is politics makes strange bedfellows.  Strange indeed when a Tribe allegedly dedicated to preserving the salmon and is opposed to the use of plastics but yet has no problem when their cohorts in crime want to build a plastic water bottling plant.  

Hypocrisy and Brian Claoodsby

Follow the money… because it is always about the money!


May your fields be ripe and budding and your rivers full and flooding (because its the only time people pay attention).

 The Angry Citizen

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