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I thought Blackman had retirement in his immediate plans? That is what his spouse claimed when she was running for County Commissioner? It never ends........
This is exactly why the purple octopus added a flavor unmatched by any of the downtown merchants! It seems anything other than whineworld folks are unwelcome, and in fact; discouraged from doing business!
Dang.....Let it rest. There are reasons 11 out of 12 school bonds in Washington State failed.
I understand the concerns about the expenses of maintaining this vehicle, given the cities inability to be fiscally responsible and accountable. What with the aviary debacle, unrealistic city raises, etc….. they can’t manage control of current assets. However, it is easy to see why this vehicle may be needed. There could be certain situations where law enforcement could be outgunned. The use of explosives also may call for extra security. There might be a standoff, like what we have had in the past where suspects refuse to surrender. With the drug problems that exist in Walla Walla, the price was right on this purchase. I see this as something that may enhance public safety.
Nobody is judging this young man, and I hope is able to straighten his life out. However, it is troubling for all citizens when our local judges coddle the criminals with pleas, and they continually renege on these agreements. Anyone on the road could have been injured or killed by this act of negligence. Like it or not, that is concerning for any citizen. There have been several cases in recent times where if the judges would have levied maximum sentences on previous criminal charges tried (instead of letting them walk), things would be much different. Cannot give specifics, due to ongoing investigations. I can say that two young ladies in their 20’s would still be alive. One savagely had her throat slashed (perpetrator still only received 13 years prison); the other girl was shot in the head. I can also say that a man that was critically injured in a police chase would not be suffering the agonizing pain of trying to heal for many months, and live with permanent injuries. This stuff is becoming all too common and could affect any of us.
I am amazed you are turning this into a race issue. I see it more as a breakdown in the judicial system and in society. Simply put, neither; any longer place any value on human life. Criminals in general, are coddled and seldom receive any punishment - especially in Walla Walla.
There was an elderly woman ran over and killed at Wal-Mart. the name of the perpetrator was kept a secret, and no charges were ever filed. There have also been 5-6 people mowed over and killed in Tri-Cities this past year – no charges filed in any of those cases. Often times it is hit and run. It is amazing to me that drivers are not being held liable for their actions in what I perceive as a deadly weapon (motor vehicle), when used incorrectly. Do not expect this problem to get any better once the marijuana laws come into full effect.
Thank you for taking the time to categorically spell out the truth - I am glad to see someone besides me can see without clouded vision. It is too bad that more don't realize the real facts before it is too late. These facts speak for themselves, yet the liberals continue to live an existence of denial.
The only equitable way to implement a bond would be to assess an increase in sales tax. Punishing the property owners will not fly. With many folks on a fixed income, and rising inflation on consumables, it is simply not fair to punish homeowners. That way everyone would be contributing to the cause. You can bet the many loud mouths pushing this bond would become quiet, once they became included in the contribution. It is easy to say you are for an issue when it will not affect your pocketbook. I am glad the property taxes came out right now. For those who are riding on the fence, that bill should help them in casting a firm NO vote.
Thinking outside the box is fine when appropriate. This very expensive project is coming from a council member who (despite the majority opinion of constituents), voted NO to maintain and keep open the Pioneer Park aviary. The cost of doing that would probably be less than what the consultant and study costs would be for this new proposal. From the aviary debacle, a lesson should be learned. It is time to freeze salaries at city hall, cut other expenses, and NOT live beyond our means – just like each of us would do in our own personal financial lives. Nothing wrong with dreaming BIG, but now is not the time.
Marijuana is still illegal under federal laws. This creates a situation where it is prudent for local venues to approach with caution. There are other counties in the state responding in like manner. They do not want to fall prey to federal enforcement, or legal action. Many folks still feel the need to abide by ALL laws. If Feds were enforcing their laws, this item would have never been on the ballot. It is not nearly as cut-and-dried (literally), as you seem to believe it is. Regarding drug dealers…. If Washington models the same approach as Colorado, the illegal vendors will increase business and profits. The supply and demand created an increased selling price due to greed for more taxes. Why would a regular user not just continue buying from his normal sources for a lower price? Growing your own will also seem much more appealing, since possession penalties have been minimized. Bury your stash in your backyard and only carry small amounts, right? I am amused at the administration in Olympia presenting and passing a bill that had never been thought out as to how it was to be administered. I believe this to be more of the source of your frustration as anything. Pass the bill and then read it, right?
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