Red traffic light means ‘stop’ not go faster
My home and my job are on other sides of Walla Walla, so I drive through town several times a week and have witnessed many drivers run red lights at intersections. Sometimes the light has been red for a few seconds while cars sail through, apparently without looking for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
This week two people were struck by a pickup truck on Main Street. I even saw an off-duty police officer struck by a truck while he was riding a motorcycle on Palouse Street.
At the risk of sounding like a grumpy guy, I say we all need to slow down a little. Sitting at a red light or coming to a stop when we see the amber light come on is not going to hurt us.
But rushing through against the light just might.
Strict gun laws alone won’t stop violence
A recently read article (“Urban advocates say new gun control talk overdue” by Jesse Washington, national writer for The Associated Press) referred to gun violence in Chicago.
He quoted Tammerlin Drummond, a columnist for the Oakland Tribune who wrote “about 7-year-old Heaven Sutton of Chicago, who was standing next to her mother selling candy when she was killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout.
Also in Chicago, which has been plagued by a recent spike in gun violence: 6-year-old Aaliyah Shell was caught in a drive-by while standing on her front porch; and 13-year-old Tyquan Tyler was killed when a someone in a car shot into a group of youths outside a party.”
How could this possibly have happened in Chicago, which had among the most restrictive gun laws in the country for its citizens, even while the mayor had armed guards?
In addition, Connecticut, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, ranked #5 on its safe state scorecard — even higher than Illinois.
If strict gun laws alone were the key to preventing gun violence the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and others, such as those referenced above, should not have happened.
It is hoped that other factors brought up (access to mental health, reporting suspicious behavior, influencing factors) will continue to be discussed, allowing for possible solutions/remedies to save lives.
Award in Christmas Lights contest was surprise
What a surprise.
On Dec. 21 our doorbell rang and there stood a lovely couple who said, “Congratulations, you won. And you didn’t even know you were entered.”
Home Loan Center had the Christmas Lights Tour contest. We didn’t even know our home was on the list of the tour.
We won third place in the People’s Choice award.
Orv and I appreciate all who voted for our home of lights as we received many nice gifts as our prize. We also appreciate the Home Loan Center for the tour and contest.
‘Cold cash’ for carbon credits cost ratepayers
The Dec. 20 U-B article “Methane burn-off nets city ‘cold cash,’ ” pointed out the city was going to sell its “carbon credits” (whatever pie-in-the-sky reasoning that is) for $120,000 “cold cash.”
I would be willing to bet that all those windmill projects are also earning “carbon credits” they sell for “cold cash” (which makes them so attractive to foreign investors).
My question is where does all this “cold cash” come from? Does it fall out of the sky or does it ultimately come out of our pockets?
Utilities do not have “cold cash” unless they acquire it from their ratepayers in the form of increased rates.
Living must think about responsibilities as citizens
Regarding the Newtown disaster, there is nothing any of us can do except bear witness to the suffering of those who lost loved ones and to the suffering that will follow those who witnessed this tragedy in one way or another.
Sadly, the living will suffer.
We cannot change the past, but we can ask about the future.
We can ask why someone wants multiple weapons. We can ask why someone wants assault weapons and automatic weapons. These are designed only to kill.
We can point out the irony of a mother buying weapons to defend herself (against whom?) only to be killed by her own son using one of the weapons.
We can ask why anyone buys thousands of dollars of ammunition.
Notice, I wrote “wants” not “needs.” Clearly, no one needs this stuff.
We can ask why the Second Amendment is deemed absolute in ways that the First is not.
And for the “originalists” in the house, we can ask how many understand the context in which this amendment was proposed and adopted.
As for laws controlling who can own guns, how many among us will accept a ruling that we are mentally incompetent? How many will predict who among us is or will become mentally incompetent?
And we can ask why no one notes that this problem is not just a problem we suffer.
Note how many children and adults in Sudan, Congo, Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere see similar slaughter on an almost daily basis. Killings that are meaningless except to the minds of those doing the killing seem to plague our world.
Are there answers?
I don’t know. Perhaps we should stop and think about these issues and stop worrying about having our rights infringed.
Perhaps we should start to think about our responsibilities as citizens and as human beings to live together.
Blame for shooting rests with everyone
Why massacre babies?
The shooter was punishing the vermin who’d tortured him at age 6, his peers. Many a 7-year-old contemplates suicide, and he achieved it psychologically by destroying the pursuing vermin who’d stove him in upon himself.
He was too unformed to discriminate, his mind too clouded for anything but his mission.
Age 6 is a great peak for the early mind, and this boy was frozen there, obsessed with his injury. He didn’t see individuals, but only miles of cruel vermin.
Had his mother tried to rescue him?
She was receiving $240,000 in alimony, which was soon to be increased to $300,000 per annum. She spent her life eating and drinking in a local saloon, where she was considered part of the “bar family.” The unsecured arsenal was hers.
All across America dingbats have such arsenals.
The family’s absquatulated males knew he and she were dingbats, and looked aside. Being important is a full-time performance, and patience is Malthusian, running out at last.
Who is to blame, finally?
We are to blame. It’s our carnival mentality that allows us to believe any selfish nonsense we prefer to believe.
It’s our feeling of self-importance as individuals and as a nation among the nations of the Earth.
Story helped readers learn about Cochran
I appreciate Richard Greenwood, Annie Eveland and of course the Union-Bulletin for presenting such a great story about David Herbert Cochran.
I’ve known Dave for several years without knowing about him. I knew he ate at the Christian Aid Center (our parish prepares meals once a month). I knew he shopped at thrift stores (I met him through St. Vincent de Paul). And that he loved to wear Hawaiian shirts.
His friend, Corey, came by to tell us of his passing and I felt such remiss that I knew very little “about” him.
Then in Sunday’s paper was his life story. How great to really know about his life.
I knew him as a pleasant, polite fellow. But what a life. He touched so many people here in Walla Walla as a DJ, a Santa and a friend.
I appreciate the great tribute and story of a fine gentleman.
Continuing to raise taxes will bring down nation
Recent census data indicate New York, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island led the nation in population migrating from their states to states that have a more friendly tax climate.
Liberals who claim taxes don’t matter should take note of this fact.
If our nation and some states continue on this path of fewer taxpayers paying more taxes we will be progressing toward a place where no one wants to be.
It seems that the voting majority wants things and they expect someone else to pay for these wants.
National health care is a good example of this. We want health care that someone else pays for.
It seems our legislators’ utmost concern is re-election and they support what the voting majority wants.
You can see how this all ends by watching some European countries work their way through this predicament.
Raising taxes on a few doesn’t solve our problem. Unless we get our government’s spending under control we can’t ensure our country’s solvency.
Currently it seems our government is fiddling while Rome is burning. Perhaps we need some new fiddlers and a audience that comprehends fire prevention.