Answers needed on state worker cuts
It seems to me that we the people need to speak out louder than we have been. Money is tight for everyone. However, all we hear is, cut these funds, cut those jobs, take away benefits here or there - or tax, tax, tax.
I have not heard one thing about the governor taking any cuts in her pay or benefits. Or any benefits or pay being taken away for those who are suppose to be working for the people, the senators and representatives.
They have no problem calling special sessions to take away or tax, but I am sure they are getting paid well to do it with per diem and whatever other perks they decide to give themselves.
There are positions being cut in the Department of Corrections, and I am sure other departments the governor doesn't think are that important. We hear nothing of any of her close cabinet members being put on the unemployment line or their wages being rolled back 3 to 5 percent. Now she wants to take away from the retirement of those that have put their 30 or more years in working for the state. Anyone taking bets her retirement won't be affected?
Just where is all the money going being taken away from the workers as jobs are being cut?
I can remember when the state first got into the Lottery business. It was sold as a way to make sure there was enough money for schools and yet education funding is being cut and I hear advertisements that the Lottery is giving out a few scholarships. Where is the rest of the millions, or maybe billions, being taken in from the Lottery?
There are a lot of questions that need answers.
David Base Sr.
Keep sexual orientation out of parade
I applauded and cheered Arlene Hiatt's letter concerning the Veterans Day Parade. Her words were my thoughts that day. There have been many who would condemn the Nov. 28 letter as "hate speech" while calling their perverse message "free speech"
I loved to see all our military veterans and that is how I want them presented to me and my family, as military veterans.
The point is that I have to answer the questions my kids have, and when they ask who the rainbow people were, I have to tell them about the gays. They were not in uniform, so what was I supposed to tell them?
Kenneth James says that I do not understand the diversity that is within the current military. He is wrong! You do not need to read "The Art of War" to understand diversity, but it would not hurt if you did.
I do not introduce myself as a white, overweight, Christian, balding, heterosexual farmer, and would never do so.
I have a few friends of the other persuasion who have only told me they were gay so I would have the choice to not be embarrassed by being seen with them in public. I was never embarrassed of my friends and I never introduced them as my gay friends. They never introduced me as their heterosexual friend. I say this because I am tired of you trying to make me accept what you do and then throwing stones at me if I don't accept your lifestyle. Keep it private. Don't parade your perverse lifestyle in front of God and everyone. I am afraid to ask what an "intersex" individual is. I barely understand what the others are.
Mr. James also stated that they were invited to participate.
If you were invited into the lion's den would you take them up on that offer as well? I know what it is like to be on a mailing list.
They send invitations to everyone who entered a past parade. Not everyone accepts the invitation.
Let your confession be that you are a veteran, an American patriot, a hero.
Keep it simple and I appreciate your service of the nation.
Bank's handling of Christmas tree a concern
A few days ago I watched a news item on Fox News about a JP Morgan Chase Bank branch in Texas with a Christmas tree in its lobby. The tree was given to the bank by a customer who had done the same the year before. It was beautifully decorated and all was well. Or so it seemed.
Word of the Christmas tree got back to the corporate headquarters and the local branch was ordered to take it down, which it did. It seemed the corporate office did not want to offend some people with the name, "Christ" in Christmas.
I went to the local branch of Chase in Milton-Freewater and turned in my Chase credit card. I explained that I would not patronize or support a business that denied the existence of Jesus Christ at Christmas time.
In my opinion, Jesus Christ is the only hope this world has to survive. We are a Christian nation, regardless of what our president thinks or anyone else. Therefore, I closed my account with Chase and asked them to destroy my card.
As I got up to leave I asked why the bank did not have a reference to Christmas in its offices. The young lady said it did on the windows outside.
I looked and there was nothing referring to Christmas, except for a sticker replica of colored lights. I had to search the windows to find them. There is no reference to this holy season.
Take new approach to indebtedness
Now that Americans of every persuasion have been convinced we cannot, as a nation, "spend" our way out of debt and must seek other solutions to our indebtedness besides unending "bailouts," perhaps its time to "think outside the box" politicians have offered thus far.
What if all legislators were "frozen" to a pension based on no more than two terms in both houses of Congress, provided with rent-free public housing during these terms and held accountable for the number of staff each has? What if their top pay was no more than an Army major? What if, in an electronic age of "transparency," they could pass no comprehensive laws thousands of pages long no one has read and therefore never have to take responsibility for? What if no bill could be of greater length than the Constitution of the United States and had to be in understandable English instead of legalese no one but lawyers understand?
What if all unfunded mandates and entitlements were wiped from state and federal laws until funding is clearly provided?
Do you think if the dead wood at the top of the Postal Service was eliminated (as any private business would have done long ago in order to be both profitable and sustainable) it would be able to afford six-day-a-week mail delivery? Both Fed Ex and UPS do better, and they are private profitable businesses.
What would this do for both state and federal indebtedness?
Octopus has become legendary
"All things bright and beautiful." This line sums up my opinion of the delightful mural at Inland Octopus.
If the toy store must concede its lovely mural, it will be likened as a "tempest in a teapot." The mural is attractive, amusing, unique and colorful, as well as non-pornographic and apolitical. Ergo, where's the beef?
I hope the naysayers and authoritarians realize this debacle apparently produced an abundance of free, positive publicity for the toy shop.
This is good and productive. I hope that many profitable benefits for Inland Octopus will be the legalese results.
To remove the mural will only be further indicia of the petty mindset that has seemly been bellwether in keeping the Valley at a commercial and industrial standstill of no growth, and will only support the presence of the rife red tape which has been apparently prohibitive by putting the damper on the influx of larger industrial and commercial concerns here, which would provide a stable fiscal condition for the area.
Perhaps the municipality should enforce the present one. I propose that all of the sidewalk sandwich signs in downtown that are not compliant with existing regulations in size, format, etc., be legally removed or forced to be replaced with ones which fit the parameters of legality.
Also, the much-maligned, most-benign mollusk must remain. It is a lovable objet d'art, and not actually a sign at all. The octopus has become legendary and of great value in the annals of Walla Walla history, and likewise in our hearts.