As a lifelong resident of Walla Walla County, it is very difficult for me to watch what is happening in the campaign for county sheriff.
As I recall over the years, letters to the editor supporting a local candidate were written by local people in our community who we might know and whose opinion we might value. That apparently no longer seems to be the case. How can the opinion of a letter writer on the East Coast, another state or county for that matter whose character, integrity and knowledge are not verifiable or known be valued?
This community has known Bill White for at least 30 years and we know his work history, his family and his involvement in our community.
His opponent, on the other hand, doesn't have a work history in his area of education (law or law enforcement) in Walla Walla County. His work experience in Walla Walla County was for a short time in a winery.
John Turner is virtually an unknown commodity whose qualifications and credentials are being attested to by people who probably don't know anyone in this county.
What do they have to lose? Unlike us, it won't matter one way or another who is elected sheriff to them, they don't live here. But it does matter to me and it should matter to you as well and that is why I think it is imperative that the voters pay close attention to what local people are saying about the candidates for sheriff.
It has been my experience in life that where there is smoke, there is fire and all that glitters isn't gold.
Judy B. Chamberlain Holloway