It is obvious (and appalling) to me that the Union-Bulletin editor, reporter and Walla Walla County sheriff’s deputy Tom Cooper threw a “cheap shot” at our sheriff on April 14.
This front-page attack on Sheriff John Turner is unjustified and simply wrong.
Ed Reading’s letter on April 16 was spot-on correct. The U-B and Cooper demonstrated their bias with that disgusting attack — especially when the Union-Bulletin editor should have offered a direct response from Sheriff Turner right alongside Cooper’s “free ad” instead of hiding it a few days later in a back section of a Sunday paper.
The U-B needs an editor who is fair and balanced, not biased — as this one has continuously demonstrated to the public. Folks, think about this. Cooper has been drawing checks from the taxpayers since September of last year while not being able to work. In December, he went on light duty, drew his pay until April and is still drawing paychecks while not working. I have heard he went hunting this winter with this “recurring injury” while drawing paychecks from the public.
He wants to run for county sheriff ? Your tax money, folks!
It seems obvious to me that being a strong supporter of Bill White is not a very credible endorsement, considering White is the same deputy who was said to have thrown other officers under the bus during a riot at the Fairgrounds sometime back. To be more specific, other deputies were being physically attacked (and injured) and yelled for his help. He stayed by the car and didn’t assist. That said, being a good ol’ boy is not bad, except when it becomes a bad, good ol’ boy!
Here is some more worthwhile information to consider. Sheriff Turner made several promises during his campaign, including working hard to add 2 K-9 Deputies to his staff. It’s done and they are both here and ready to serve.
Citizens may see them on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at L&G Ranch Supply.
Two other promises were transparency (Sheriff’s Roundtable Meetings with the public, quarterly) and 24/7 Sheriff’s Office coverage throughout the county. These promises have been kept, and are a lot more than others have done!