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Electing Turner is a win-win situation

I attended the debate among the candidates for sheriff at Walla Walla High School to get a clear picture of each candidate running for the position. I came away feeling that though there are three candidates for sheriff, there are really only two choices since two candidates seem to be on different sides of the same coin.

Among the topics covered were budgets, experience and the growing gang problem. One candidate expounded on his many years of experience and reported to know "every nook and cranny of this county." One spoke of his large amount of grant writing to help fund much-needed products and services for our county. John Turner spoke of the specific ideas he has to enhance the programs we currently have and demonstrated he has "enough gas left in his tank" to make positive things happen for our community.

If John Turner is elected, we will be gaining a motivated, experienced sheriff who will fight to keep the small-town charm of Walla Walla while attending to some of the big-city ills plaguing it.

If he needs to use the knowledge he gained in Los Angeles and around the world to do so, then more power to him. To me, it seems parallel to sending a child off to college hoping he will return to better his town with his education and perspective.

So my thought is this. Why not have our cake and eat it too? Electing John Turner is a win- win situation.

Walla Walla will benefit from an innovative new vision and attitude while Mr. White and Mr. Romine would continue serving our community in the capacity they both spoke of when asked about their experience.

In electing anyone but John Turner we are electing to keep the status quo. Why not have the best of both worlds and make a positive difference in the future of Walla Walla by voting for John Turner?

Lisa Davis

Walla Walla

Support for roller derby appreciated

To those of you who enjoyed the inaugural bout of the Walla Walla Sweets Roller Girls last Sunday evening at the YMCA, we very much appreciate your support of your local roller derby league.

Modern flat-track roller derby is the fastest growing women's team sport in the U.S., and there are many people in the Walla Walla Valley community who are passionate about the WWSRG. After almost 10 months of training, the skaters of the WWSRG were more than ready to share their love of roller derby with their community.

It was a huge undertaking to plan this event, and there are so many people who helped bring the idea to reality.

A year ago, none of us could have imagined how roller derby would change our lives. Now through the combined efforts of our league members, skaters, coaches, referees, volunteers, big sisters Atomic City Roller Girls and the fabulous Walla Walla YMCA, the lives of many women in our community have been enriched beyond measure.

The WWSRG is here for the Walla Walla community and there is much to be excited about for the future of our league. Stay tuned! We are honored to be your own hometown roller derby league, and we appreciate your support.

Barbara Mosher

WWSRG vice president

Walla Walla

Valley Bands grateful for support

On behalf on the Walla Walla Valley Bands I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the community for the incredible support we have received that has allowed for the purchase of so many needed instruments.

Over the past three years, more than $40,000 was secured through a combination of private grants, business and individual donations, including large investments from the Clara and Art Bald Trust and Blue Mountain Community Foundation.

Earlier this summer we were notified of a successful request from the Sherwood Trust totaling $51,000. The funding has allowed us to purchase equipment to increase our membership and grow as musicians, some of which came in time to be utilized for our annual Fourth of July performance and greatly enhanced the concert for the audience.

The members of the Walla Walla Valley Bands are all volunteers and pay annual dues to support the organization. They come together once weekly to rehearse and work hard to provide the community with outstanding performances of concert and jazz band literature regularly. When informed of the result of our request from the Sherwood Trust, the room burst into applause and excited statements.

As an organization, we can't say how much we appreciate the Sherwood Trust and its Board of Directors for its incredible investment in the future of amateur wind music in the Walla Walla Valley and validating the hard work of so many musicians over the last 20 years.

We are looking forward to our first concert that will premiere the incredible assortment of instruments purchased, a special performance to be held the afternoon of Oct. 31.

We hope members of the community will join us for this celebration and help us recognize the outstanding commitment made by the Sherwood Trust on our behalf.

Ron McHenry

Walla Walla Valley Bands director

Attend the next debate for sheriff

I spent 28 years in law enforcement. I retired from the Oregon State Police and moved to Walla Walla in 2004. Most of my career was spent working narcotics in Oregon and Washington.

Due to the fact we routinely worked in Walla Walla County, I was deputized by Sheriff Bill Jackson in September of 1987 and was later deputized by Sheriff Mike Humphreys. My interaction with state, county and city law enforcement officers was a very positive one.

Last week I went to the Republican Women's candidate debate. I was amazed to hear from Mr. White and Mr. Romine that they deserve to be sheriff because they have lived and worked here for over 30 years.

Mr. White claimed his leadership skills were passed down from previous sheriffs, but being a good soldier for the sheriff does not make you a good leader. These are decent guys who appeared to be out of their element.

Mr. Turner worked for LAPD, one of the premier law enforcement agencies in America. Mr. Turner worked in Watts as a team leader on a gang unit. He later earned a law degree and used it to defend law enforcement officers and departments.

Mr. White and Mr. Romine have no formal education. I'm not big on patrol officers having a degree, but these are hard economic times and it will take some creative thinking to improve the department within the current budget. Mr. Turner came prepared and presented some new ideas. Mr. Turner has handled budgets and as an attorney he advised law enforcement agencies on their budgets.

I've heard people say Mr. Turner is an outsider.

His family farm is here, he spent time here as a child, and his wife grew up here on the family farm. I've also heard I don't want to vote for someone outside the Sheriff's Office I will feel like a traitor.

These are not good reasons to ignore the most qualified candidate. I will paraphrase Mr. Turner to make my point. If you take your critically injured child to the emergency room do you want the doctor who has seen this type of injury once or twice in his career? Or, do you want the doctor who trained at one of the premier trauma centers in America and who saw this type of injury every day to work on your child? I'll take the latter for my child and Mr. Turner as Walla Walla County sheriff. You owe it to yourself to go to the next debate and make up your own mind.

Mike Davis

Walla Walla

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