A few weeks ago, I spoke out in support of Rep. Mike Simpson’s bold new plan for the Northwest. I wrote about the inextricable link between my community of Riggins and our salmon and steelhead. I spoke about spending my lifetime listening and learning to what our wheat farmers require, what our power needs for the future are and what the tribes have lost as part of their culture.

Last week, the Idaho County commissioners sent a letter to Simpson opposing his plan to restore Idaho’s salmon and steelhead and invest in new energy and transportation infrastructure. The county commissioners claim that the representative is out of touch with Idaho.