I’m responding to Robert Phillips’ letter featured in the opinion section of the Union-Bulletin’s April 13 edition. I’m assuming it ran in the opinion section because there isn’t a fantasy/fiction page.
It amazed me how precisely Mr. Phillips regurgitated the talking points of our current sheriff. The content was so similar to Sheriff John Turner’s propaganda I wondered who actually authored it.
In the aforementioned letter, Mr. Phillips alludes to the fiscal recklessness and apparent greed of local politicians who demand ever increasing taxation to support their insatiable addiction to wasteful spending. Phillips then extolled the virtues of John in comparison.
Are you kidding? John was the only elected department head who overspent his budget since the 2010 election.
Previous Sheriff Mike Humphreys turned in excess funds most years compared to John, who yearly spends every dime left in his budget during the last quarter. This year was no exception as the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office now has a new 65 inch television in a preparation room about the size of your living room.
Did I mention the taxpayers funded that television? Did I mention there was already a 50 inch television in that room? How many big screens do you have in your living room?
John requested massive budget increases every year since the 2010 election.
Does anyone remember the Ash Hollow folks who said John’s spending nearly bankrupted them when he managed their winery? Seems like John loves spending other people’s money.
It looks like Mr. Phillips is paving the primrose path to higher taxes rather than being a proponent of fiscal restraint.
Another of Phillips’ apparent departures from reality was his ridiculous statement about John keeping every single campaign promise.
John said he would reduce gang-related problems. There were certainly changes — for the worse!
Since the election we had our first gang-related homicides. I’m not suggesting correlation is causation but it clearly demonstrates John enthusiastically made promises he had no ability or intention of keeping.
Mr. Phillips can endorse the reckless spending of John if he chooses but I will be supporting any other sheriff candidate in the upcoming election.