Opinion / Letters to the editor

Letter - If deputy doesn’t like 12-hour shifts — quit

Responding to Chris Blackman’s letter to the editor. It is appalling her husband has to work in such barbaric conditions at the Sheriff’s Office — 12-hour shifts, how cruel. Oh wait, my daughter is a registered nurse and works 12-hour shifts up to four days in a row depending on the schedule. No complaints there.

Letter - Sheriff John Turner is a terrific asset

I support John Turner’s re-election. John has done an outstanding job in his four years of being sheriff.

Letter - Voters can hear candidates at Wednesday’s forum

Exercise your right and responsibility to be an informed voter. Local citizens will have the opportunity to question the legislative and policy views of candidates running for local and state positions and for Congress by attending the Candidates Forum on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Community College Conference Center, Room 185.

Letter - McMorris Rodgers out of touch; vote Pakootas

On Sept. 9, the House of Representatives voted on and passed HR 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. This bill serves to limit the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ability to undertake a rule clarifying which of our national waters are protected from increased risks of pollution and destruction.

Letter - Is there anything really new with current VA medical-care scandal?

There is an old saying — the more things change, the more things remain the same. In this instance, I’m referring to the recent and continuing scandal about the Department of Veterans Affairs treatment of its patients. The following is excerpted (due to length) from a newspaper editorial I recently discovered.

Letter - Brown has compassion, education to be coroner

This is a letter in support of Frank Brown for the position of county coroner.

Letter - Accept reality of climate change; seek solutions to problem now

I think climate change is happening and we need to do something now.

Letter - Vote Democrat Joe Pakootas for Congress for your best interests

This is a critical year for Eastern Washington. This year’s Eastern Washington Democratic candidate for Congress, Joe Pakootas, was born and grew up in Eastern Washington.

Letter - Turner has made things better at WW County Sheriff’s Office

I began my career with the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy in 1993. I have been a fully commissioned law enforcement officer for 19 years. During my tenure with the Sheriff’s Office I have worked under Sheriffs Jackson, Humphreys and Turner.

Letter - Commissioners were right to ban marijuana sales in county

The logic used in the Sept. 4 editorial to criticize Walla Walla County commissioners and others for banning marijuana sales in certain areas is puzzling. (“Bans on access to marijuana undercut intent of Initiative 502”)