Chas 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Commissioners weigh in on jail-sheriff split

rider has it entirely correct.

Sheriff Turner seemed always to me more about "cops & robbers" than the complete job description I'm informed by history. Custody of the body: upon arrest, before trial, as adjudged at trial, the County Jail serves the Court, the Commissioners, the People. It is not to be punishment before judgment. Many cannot make this subtle distinction.

That TWO jailers have been dismissed by the Sheriff's will, and paid penalty and court costs for one termination, leaves me only to think he's insufficient as a manager of the jail. Who would know better than the jailers? Actions are louder than words.

Eight hundred years ago it was hard fought that " We will not make men justices, constables, sheriffs, bailiffs, unless they are such as know the law of the land and are minded to observe it rightly."

One termination was not found lawful at trial. I've never heard the Sheriff own that failure.

Law and order is not guaranteed by election. I have better confidence of the County governance than that of one office-holder. What was the problem? Will Sheriff Turner detail the reasons for dismissal? He is certainly not required, and probably cannot inform the Commissioners due to privacy issues. The Commissioners must pay for the County liability & insurance, the bottom line.

Observe it rightly.


Chas 3 months, 3 weeks ago on Corps plans to clear-cut trees, brush from Mill Creek levee

Having survived the Touchet River flood of 1996 I know the levees that were only rip-rapped on one side became breeched sections of inter-grown brush and trees ripped away and floated downstream, clogging a while at some bridges. The levee on the east side of the Touchet River at the Waitsburg Park was washed away, but not before first becoming a dam which raised the water blocks east before breaking through. I was lucky to live at elevation just higher than the eastern levee on the Touchet River that crossed the valley north just east of Waitsburg. Levees that don't operate as expected, or water on the wrong side of a levee, may make a bad situation become suddenly dangerous.


Chas 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Commissioners weigh splitting jail from sheriff’s control

If Sheriff Turner doesn't know the percentage of his budget allocated for the jail under his authority, case closed. He is the wrong man for the job. Sheriff is ALL about custody of the body, not just catching "bad guys." .

The Commissioners should act to establish a separate command of the jail.


Chas 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Port of Walla Walla seeks relief for high sewer bill

NO! The lack of accountability of the Port of Walla Walla is breathtaking by their negligence. Rest assured, no administrator will lose a job. Bonuses all around, again, I'm sure. Explosives are stolen & they were so witless to not monitor with CCTV to that site. Fuel is taken because they cannot be troubled to put a lock on their tank. Didn't they collect money from Homeland Security? Was that spent on the theater for airline passengers only? If I went on it would become ad hominem and language familiar to muleskinners. They disgust me. My property tax arrived today and they get a small portion. For what? Incompetence on a grand scale!


Chas 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Fraudsters profit as more file their taxes online

Electronic fraud is becoming so rampant without obvious changes for greater security that people will lose confidence of the marketplace and banking system. The only reason I can think that it has been allowed to continue this long is some people must be making money with the status quo.


Chas 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Request for cable TV in judge’s chambers raises questions

When Judge Scott Wolfram is in chambers I expect his concentration and concern to be the issues at bar. If Judge Wolfram needs "to keep in tune with what is happening" beyond the courtroom he can resign. I elected the judge to perform one of the most essential roles in County government. TV is a distraction and recreation and has no purpose in chambers.

Thank you Auditor Karen Martin for seeing a misuse of public funds with Judge Wolfram's request.


Chas 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Moneytree leads push to loosen state’s payday-lending law

MoneyTree profits are down so they lobby our state lawmakers to recreate the consumer debt-slavery they enjoyed in the 20th century. What could possibly go wrong?

They rely upon the lack of memory by the public and lawmakers of the financial disasters they, and the banks, created by deregulating the market. "Markets will self-regulate" we were told when Congress destroyed the Banking Act of 1935. The Gramm Bliley Leach Act destroyed this economy for tens of millions in 2008. Senator Gramm was well rewarded with employment with the Swiss Bank UBS following his role. Remember UBS and its criminal practices? No one went to jail for those crimes. (I think that may be wrong; wasn't the whistle-blower of their crimes charged?)


Chas 6 months, 1 week ago on Two-thirds majority for tax hikes is unconstitutional

We shall not make men justices, constables, sheriffs or bailiffs unless they are such as know the law of the land and are minded to observe it rightly. 15 Jun 1215



Chas 6 months, 1 week ago on Editorial: City Council’s decision to give Aviary more time pays off

Congratulations to the Friends of the Aviary!

I'm curious of the specifics to the current disagreement on operations? I enjoy our parks and think them well maintained. Are there are veterinary and public health requirements? I read of flocks in Oregon, Benton County, Washington, infected by migratory fowl with the latest avian flu and wonder what criteria, whether financial or public health determine their destruction?