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Letter - Federal law can’t violate laws of nature

Ruralite magazine of September 2014 published by Columbia REA, a local power company, contains the following nonsense statement:

Letter - Lack of leadership, accountability at Sheriff’s Office

It is painfully apparent there is a fundamental lack of leadership at the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office.

Cantwell’s call to eliminate Redskins name might succeed

The National Football League is once again coming under fire for allowing the Washington, D.C., franchise to retain Redskins as its nickname. This time by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

Column: What keeps girls from studying physics and STEM

Every student returning to school this fall should have the opportunity to prepare for the rapidly growing job opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math — also known as STEM. But many students, especially women and underrepresented minorities, needlessly opt out — or are shut out — of discovering a passion or talent for one of these subjects.

Letter - ‘Local-only union’ better option for WW Schools

In their periodic collective bargaining sessions, our School Board members and the Walla Walla Valley Education Association determine the quality of our schools, the services to be offered for children and the priorities for levies funded by local taxpayers. Typically, the union works to reduce accountability, increase costs and control service levels.

WSU-UW turf war shouldn’t get in way of new medical school

Is Washington state big enough for two publicly funded medical schools?

Retirees should not be collecting ‘unemployable’ benefit from VA

Tens of thousands of veterans who are beyond retirement age — and have no intention of getting a job — are receiving substantial “unemployability” benefits.

Letter - Current sheriff has priorities backward

I learned recently the Sheriff’s Office annual budget has increased by a half a million dollars during the current sheriff’s term.

Letter - The rumor mill churns out fodder for thought

The rumor mill is running at full speed.

Column: Are cities discriminatory in banning legal marijuana?

The growing number of cities and counties in Washington opting out of Washington’s marijuana legalization experiment is eating away at the foundation of Initiative 502, as a Seattle Times editorial recently suggested. The lack of stores in widening swathes of the state perpetuates the black market and maintains underground access of youth.

Letter - If deputy doesn’t like 12-hour shifts — quit

Responding to Chris Blackman’s letter to the editor. It is appalling her husband has to work in such barbaric conditions at the Sheriff’s Office — 12-hour shifts, how cruel. Oh wait, my daughter is a registered nurse and works 12-hour shifts up to four days in a row depending on the schedule. No complaints there.

Letter - Sheriff John Turner is a terrific asset

I support John Turner’s re-election. John has done an outstanding job in his four years of being sheriff.

Letter - Voters can hear candidates at Wednesday’s forum

Exercise your right and responsibility to be an informed voter. Local citizens will have the opportunity to question the legislative and policy views of candidates running for local and state positions and for Congress by attending the Candidates Forum on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Community College Conference Center, Room 185.

Letter - McMorris Rodgers out of touch; vote Pakootas

On Sept. 9, the House of Representatives voted on and passed HR 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. This bill serves to limit the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ability to undertake a rule clarifying which of our national waters are protected from increased risks of pollution and destruction.

High court’s threat to punish state Legislature goes too far

Will the state Supreme Court “jump the shark”?

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