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Hypocrisy of state lands commissioner a concern

Washington state Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is unquestionably a smart man. Before being elected lands commissioner, Goldmark, among many other things, earned a doctorate in molecular biology and was state Secretary of Agriculture.

Video replay has been good for pro baseball

Baseball is a game built on traditions and an unwritten code of conduct.

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.

Releasing federal inmates early requires care

Good intentions are only the starting place for good legislation.

Punch lines about ACA may be changing

Have you heard the latest on the Affordable Care Act?

Valley should step up to save Multicultural Arts Festival

A 20-year-old event may end if volunteers don’t see this as a core value worth saving.

People in the Walla Walla Valley are known for stepping up to the plate when something needs to get done.

Campaign targets distracted driving

Driving has become such a routine for people they often don’t pay close enough attention to what they are doing.

Revisting Memorial Pool is a smart move

As sure as spring follows winter, Walla Walla residents have plunged once more into the swimming pool issue as the temperatures start to rise.

Every 15 Minutes program serves community well

About 30 to 40 years ago society didn’t take drunken driving seriously.

Putting off real Medicare fix with temporary patches a poor prescription

Medicare is one of the few government programs nearly every American expects to benefit from, most likely when they retire.

TVW broadcasts essential for open government

TVW — Washington state’s version of C-SPAN founded in 1995 by the late Sen. Jeannette Hayner of Walla Walla, former U.S. Rep. Denny Heck and former state director Stan Marshburn — has been a great public service for nearly two decades.

New science building is a must for Wa-Hi

Walla Walla High School needs a new science building. The $10.2 bond proposal on the April 22 is exactly the right plan to meet that need.

Unionization of student-athletes could destroy college sports

If, and it’s a very big if, the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling that Northwestern football players could unionize stands it could be the end of college sports.

Mariners off to a perfect start

Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season is special. Every team in America (and one in Canada) is even — 0-0 — and its fans can dream of a World Series championship.

Hanford cleanup must be done before disaster

Some of the 56 million gallons of radioactive waste — visualize roughly 50 football fields filled 10 feet deep — contained at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will eventually find its way to the Columbia River. And when it does it will be a national disaster.

Restrictions still apply to pot use in state

Marijuana is technically legal in Washington state — or, at least, semi-legal — and that’s not going to change. The voters have spoken.

State auditor right; commissioners’ pay raises done wrong

County commissioners are not like other county employees. They are elected officials who comprise the county’s legislative body. One of the commissioners’ roles is to set salaries.

Inslee must use reason in setting water-quality rules

The fate of Wallula’s Boise Paper mill — and its 600 jobs — could depend on how much fish Washingtonians eat. Or, to be precise, how much fish Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Ecology estimate state residents consume.

Big boost in state lawmakers’ expense money is poorly timed

State lawmakers once again, this time those serving in the Senate, saw their daily expense money increase by 33 percent — from $90 every day they are in session to $120.

Are Wa-Hi’s science facilities truly that bad?

A lot has been written and said in recent weeks about the sorry condition of the science building at Walla Walla High School. And many more observations will be offered leading up to the $10.2 million bond election to replace the 50-year-old science building with a new, stand-alone structure.

Growing pile of student debt can’t be sustained

The price of going to college passed reasonable a few year ago and is now deep into outrageous. Yet, people continue to pay the tuition and other costs — usually by taking out huge loans — because they believe a solid education is a key to a well-paying, satisfying career.

There’s no easy solution to county building debacle

Good intentions have Walla Walla County so deep in a fiscal mess that climbing out will take time and cooperation. And even then the result could be a multimillion dollar debacle for taxpayers.

Those denied access to air travel entitled to due process

As far back as 1823 the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized freedom of movement — travel from state to state — as a constitutional right.

State lawmakers miss target when attacking drones

Drones, essentially high-end remote-control helicopters with cameras or recording equipment, have a lot of people concerned about their privacy — and with good reason.

County Sheriff Mike Humphreys was a man of integrity and kindness

Mike Humphreys was more than a sheriff to folks in Walla Walla. He was a citizen who cared deeply about the community and its people. His sudden death on Monday stunned and saddened the people of Walla Walla County.

Enforcement of DUI laws critical as pot becomes legal

As Washington state, its 39 counties and many cities continue to work through implementation of regulations and policies for the voter-approved legalization of marijuana, the focus has been on its sale, distribution and production.

Keeping waiver for No Child Left Behind critical

Washington state lawmakers did a disservice to school children around the state last week when they adjourned this year’s session of the Legislature without securing federal funds to help provide additional instruction for students who might be struggling in school or who have other academic issues.

The only Wa-Hi plan to debate is the one on the ballot

Some wanted a bigger bond proposal, others wanted a different approach. Another direction was taken. It’s a science building or nothing.

“Perfect is the enemy of good.” Those words, credited to 17th century French philosopher Voltaire, seem to have some relevance in the ongoing (and seemingly endless) effort to upgrade the Walla Walla High School facilities. Some fervently want to see a complete overhaul of campus — the sooner the better.

Local wineries’ support of Seattle Children’s Hospital amazing

Go to a fundraising event in Walla Walla, and it’s likely wine from local wineries is being poured and many bottles are auctioned off. The amount of money garnered from the contributions is usually impressive.

Confusion about ACA mandates needs fixing fast

Although the Affordable Care Act remains a polarizing political topic — the left hailing it while the right hates it — many people seem to agree (at least in theory) that basic health care for all is reasonable.

Open government training for elected officials should save money

When folks are elected to public office — from local school boards to city councils to county commissions — many have little to no experience with state law regarding public access to government information.

Senate rejection of Obama nominee troubling, chilling

The U.S. Senate rejected President Obama’s choice as the government chief civil rights attorney because he defended a cop killer in court.

Baseball is a fun game, but making opening day a holiday is silly

Opening day for Major League Baseball is special. It is a time fans across the nation have hope that their favorite team will win the World Series. Everybody is 0-0 when the first pitch is thrown.

Letter - What will $10 million pay for?

There’s has to be more to the $10 million school bond than just the science building. I wonder what the Walla Walla School Board has added to it?

Latest effort to curb initiatives is, again, wrong

We get it. Many state legislators aren’t particularly thrilled with the way Tim Eyman uses the initiative process to undercut their legislative vision.

New science building key for Wa-Hi’s future

Yes, it does seem as if the Walla Walla School Board is moving with lightning speed as it considers asking voters to approve a $10 million science building on the Wa-Hi campus.

Deep cuts to military can work if cuts are targeted

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, previously a Republican U.S. senator from Nebraska, has been pilloried for more than a week, mostly from the political right including his former GOP colleagues in Congress, for proposing deep cuts in military spending.

Community effort to keep Aviary deserves support

The Walla Walla City Council, after the recent public outcry, had an obligation to citizens to find a way to keep the Pioneer Park Aviary open. It made a wise call to embrace the request — with some caveats — of a group of private citizens to take over operation of the Aviary.

White House plan to ban soda ads misguided

First lady Michelle Obama is on target when she urges young people not to drink sugary beverages such as Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, PowerAde and the many other similar products on the market.

Google Glass ban for drivers wise approach

Drivers should drive.

State must find way to meet federal education mandate

The No Child Left Behind Act is unnecessary meddling from the federal government.

Legislature must keep eye on liquor sales

Politics, booze and money have been intertwined since, well, the advent of politics, booze and money.

NFL effort to end racial bullying should start in locker rooms

The National Football League, still reeling from the perception it has a serious race problem after the Miami Dolphins locker room bullying flap, is poised to make it a 15-yard penalty to say the N-word during a game.

Government has no business monitoring media

The federal government wants to study — using out tax dollars — how media gather news to meet the public’s “critical information needs.”

Oregon wise to explore Internet voting

Internet voting is coming.

Local control of school funds is critical

The state Senate this week rejected an educator-evaluation proposal that would have allowed the state to continue to be free from the onerous federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Effort to build veterans home must continue

A groundbreaking ceremony on the grounds of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center took place in May to signal the project to build an 80-bed veterans home was under way — a done deal.

Pioneer Park Aviary should be kept open

The public outcry in cyberspace has been loud in the days since the City Council voted to close the Aviary.

It would be a mistake — and incredibly unpopular — to close the Pioneer Park Aviary.

Letter - Voluntary labeling keeps consumers in the dark

Did I read correctly, or does the Union-Bulletin Editorial Board favor the idol of the marketplace over consumers’ rights to know what they are purchasing for consumption by their family or business?

Wa-Hi staff members matter, but ultimately voters will decide on bond

It’s hardly a shock 90 percent of the Walla Walla High School staff members favor a bond proposal of some sort to upgrade the school’s facilities.