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Be wary of a new treaty’s burdens

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International treaties are not casual documents. They are more than regulation, more than state law. The Constitution gives them weight. They are not easily made, not easily changed. Obligating the people of the Northwest by international treaty to finance assistance for their own country’s fish runs, beyond the billions already spent, beyond the perpetual legal burdens they already carry, should not be done lightly.

It may happen, if the draft recommendation for a new Columbia River Treaty released Friday can…

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