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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, April 10, 2014 KOMEN COMMENT Anchor Brinkley helped define generation of news oday's younger generations may have never heard of him; his name means very little. But to those of us with a little expe- rience under our belts , David Brin- kley was the man of many an important hour. On television, Brinkley was half of"The Huntley- Brinkley Report," the most- watched network television newscast of the 1950s and '60s. Chet Huntley, who got his broadcasting start in Seattle radio, was the sten- torian voice whose delivery denoted importance and objectivity. Brinkley delivered the news in a dry and wry style, his voice cool and somewhat detached with a hint perhaps of cynicism. Young TV newscasters around the country tried to emulate his delivery and his voice inflections, until you had Brinkley clones on the air in almost every American city. Brinkley was on the air until he was an old man, winding up his ca- reer anchoring ABC's Sunday morn- ing news roundup, largely centered on interviewing Washington, D.C., politicos. He had left behind the days of Huntley-Brinkley on NBC, when they would sign off each news- cast with the laconic "Good night, Chet; Good night, David." He wrote a book that was pub- lished in 2003, the year he died. And in it Brinkley offered observations of the people and places he had known and seen in his television news ca- reer. He came to Washington, D.C., a very young reporter in 1943. By the time his run was over, he had covered 11 presidents and 24 presi- dential nominating conventions. There wasn't a lot he hadn't seen. As a reporter covering President Franklin D. Roosevelt: "We almost always waited a few minutes -- time for Roosevelt to make sure he had enough cigarettes to get through a half hour with reporters." On President Lyndon B. Johnson: "He became the most impressive, but also, in some ways, the most ap- palling of the 11 presidents I have known." President Ronald Reagan: "None of them remained as mysterious to me as Ronald Reagan. He had talented people who worked hard to create an image of him as a leader who knew exactly what he was do- ing." President William Jefferson Clin- By JOHN KOMEN ton: "For all his brilliance, he was an undisciplined man -- most rio- toriously in his personal behavior." And: "Clinton deserved to be embar- rassed by the tawdry relationship he had with an intern." Brinkley is unsparing in his dislike for Sen. Joe McCarthy, who bullied and terrorized his human targets as he hunted for hidden communists: "A few years later, repudiated by the public, censured by his colleagues in the Senate, far gone in his alcoholism, McCarthy died, pathetical- ly, from the effects of years of uncontrolled drinking." Brinkley seemed in some ways to admire tough Jimmy Hoffa, president of the powerful Teamsters Union. Hoffa, he said, hated Wash- ington, D.C., and he quoted him in an interview: "I think there's more con men in Washington than there ever was in a carnival." "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" came into being because the pair had been assigned to cover the 1956 Republican and Democratic national conventions. They turned out to be a surprisingly effective tandem, and NBC turned that popularity into a nightly news program. Brinkley watched the national conventions eventually evolve into scripted presentations, no longer worthy of gavel-to-gavel news cover- age: "The infomereial conventions of today are at least a small part of the reason that so many Americans have lost interest in politics and think that everything about our po- litical system is phony and corrupt." Brinkley is equally frank in his assessment of himself and his an- chorman career: "There is no ques- tion that television journalists, and particularly television anchors, have become enormously famous. "So what are we famous for? Mainly, we are famous for being famous." David Brinkley died in June 2003. During his time, he received 10 Emmy Awards and three George Foster Peabody Awards. John Komen, who lives on Ma- son Lake, was for 40 years a reporter and editor, TV anchorman, national TV correspondent, producer, colum- nist, editorial writer and commenta- tor. His column, Komen Comment, appears each week in the Mason County Journal. Mason County GUEST COLUMN CleanHydro: A balanced approach to managing federal hydropower ason County residents are seeing something on TV and in other media that has been a part of our way of life for more than 75 years, yet is often overlooked: how hydropower dams and the incredible power of the Pacific Northwest's Columbia and Snake rivers benefit our dally lives. This public education effort is CleanHydro. It's coordinated by Northwest RiverPartners, an organization that promotes a bal- anced approach to managing the federal hydropower system on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Mason County PUD 1 and PIJD 3 are members of this group and are proud to support its efforts. Hydropower seems to have faded in the public's awareness, along with the understanding and appreciation for the tremendous economic and environmental values of this resource. The reasons for this are two-fold. First, many people have moved here from other places where they didn't grow up with dams and hydropower. Also, younger generations are not learning about hydro- power as they used to. Second, the energy industry has changed dramatically with the huge growth in other renewable sources of energy, particularly wind. While this has played prominently in the media, hydro- power has been overlooked. This gives the perception that these newer technologies are the only renewables in the region. That's why Northwest RiverPartners continues to tell the incredible story of our dams, hydropower and Columbia and ' Snake Rivers. Last year, the CleanHydro campaign increased awareness and sup- port for hydro by demonstrating its value to the Pacific Northwest's environment and economy. Afar the campaign, 77 percent of those polled identified hydropower as a clean, renewable source of energy, up from By RON GOLD and TOM FARMER 72 percent. Public support for state and federal laws to identify hydro as a renew- able resource has increased by 6 percent. The work is not done, which is why it is so important to both of Mason County's PUDs to be a part of this public education effort again this year. Hydropower accounts for 75 percent of Washington state's renewable energy. Mason County PUD 1 receives 88 percent of its energy from hydro, while PUD 3 receives 87 percent. Hydropower is clean; it doesn't burn fossil fuels and it keeps our carbon footprint about half that of other parts of the country. Hydroelectric power is inexpensive power. It costs much less compared to wind, coal, nuclear and other energy sources. Hydropower and the Columbia and Snake river commerce system provide many other benefits to the region. Tugs and barges use the rivers to transport bil- lions of dollars worth of agricultural and other products to the world and employ thousands. CleanHydro is about reviving the conversation about the importance of hydropower. It's about reminding people of the tremendous energy, economic, and environmental benefits these resources bring to their everyday lives. Telling that comprehensive stor helps people appre- ciate these benefits and understand why they make the Pacific Northwest the envy of the rest of the country. Take a moment to visit cleanhydro. com, which features information about our hydropower. We have a great story to tell. We are proud to be a part of it and hope youll join this conversation. Ron Gold is president of Mason County PUD l"s board of commissioners. Tom Farmer is president of Mason Coun- ty PUD 3"s board of commissioners. USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Journal, RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Journal at 227 West Cota Street, Shelton, Washington Mailing address: RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone (360) 426-4412 owww.masoncounty.com Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington Mason County Journal is a member of Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 par year for Mason County addresses, $51 per year in state of Washington but outside Mason County, $61 per year out of state. Owned and published by Shelton-Mason County Journal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Natalie Johnson, reporter Gordon Weeks, reporter . Emily Hanson, sports reporter Kirk Ericson, proofreeder : Advertising: Dave Pierik, Sr. Acct. Executive Kathy Brooks, ad representative Lloyd Mullen, ad representative + Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Renee Chaplin, circulation Composing room: Willia m Adams, graphics Linda Frizzell, graphics All editorial, advertising and legal deadlines are 5 p.m. Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, . email edam@masoncounty.com. [i i ! I  +ill ][ I