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Letter - Pascal’s wager

Blaise Pascal was a mathematician, physicist, religious philosopher and master of French prose. The Encylopedia Britannica mentions his “wager,” which in essence indicated if God did not exist the skeptic lost nothing by not believing in Him.

Long sentences for candy robbers built case for reform

OLYMPIA — The most important thing about Senate Bill 5064 isn’t that it passed the Washington Legislature, but that it passed with large, bipartisan majorities.

Letter - Council cuts off competition for backflow testing

I attended a Walla Walla City Council meeting a few weeks ago on the subject of Backflow Assembly Testing. The Council’s discussion was about compliance, which is down to under 70 percent from over 80 percent two years ago (a number the city had committed to the state).

Letter - Burden of funding schools is shared by all

So now we’re starting to hear from the whining property owners having to pay for all the children’s educations, even when they themselves don’t have any!

Letter - Dayton bond addresses current, future needs

As an member of the Dayton School District Facilities Committee, the first order of business was to review the state’s comprehensive (independent) report on the current “health” of the district’s structures, which include electrical, mechanical, H/VAC and the like. The facts spoke volumes.

Letter - Everyone should vote; support future of children

Young voters, parents and grandparents of current or future Walla Walla Public School students, vote “yes” for the Walla Walla High School science building bond.

Letter - How Medicare operates doesn’t make sense

The biblical exaggeration of “straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel” has come true courtesy of Medicare.

Letter - Walla Walla High School must have more space

Walla Walla High School cannot provide appropriate learning environments for Wa-Hi students without additional square feet of construction.

Targeting family for parents’ old debts ridiculous

It’s unfair, outrageous and ridiculous for the federal government to seek repayment for decades-old debts incurred by relatives — some of whom died long ago.

Letter - Writer needs to get facts straight on wind turbines

I just finished reading Jim Thorn’s letter “Windmills turning aren’t necessarily generating” and I am appalled at the inaccurate information he uses.

Releasing federal inmates early requires care

Good intentions are only the starting place for good legislation.

Letter - Putin has set perfect stage for US to reclaim Cuba

If I were president of the United States I’d tell Vladimir Putin his gross disregard of protocol, ethics, treaties and historical norms plus disrespect for rights of citizens in neighboring countries deserves a resounding well done!

Letter - Law enforcement dedicated to violence prevention

On March 27, Whitman College hosted the third Walla Walla Violence Prevention Coalition Conference, co-sponsored by many local organizations and institutions and funded partially with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Letter - Bond isn’t in long-term best interest of Wa-Hi

I attended Walla Walla Public Schools and graduated from Walla Walla High School. I have two children who graduated from Wa-Hi. I am a longtime supporter of the district yet, sadly, do not support the Wa-Hi bond because I am convinced it is not in the long-term best interest of district facilities and Wa-Hi.

Punch lines about ACA may be changing

Have you heard the latest on the Affordable Care Act?