Chas 1 month, 1 week ago on Letter - Handicap spots should be those truly need them

I walk my dog daily. I'm 100% permanently disabled. I'm grateful for SSD and L&I. I still manage to live independently, pay taxes, debts, and non-profits. I have a disabled sign I hang on the mirror of my vehicle.

You are entirely within your rights to approach me and inquire if I am the individual the handicapped sign is intended for? Do I have further identification?

I would respectfully say, "Yes, I have a wallet card, too." And I would show that to you, politely, with my driver's license. You are allowed to write the information down.

You are not allowed to inquire as to my injuries. What my medical condition is. I may refuse to answer that question under HIPPA. I'd probably tell you and then you'd wish I'd shut the... you get the picture. I have a problem carrying anything, and a limited capacity for total poundage for a day at that.

If I could ride a motorcycle, or enjoyed it, I would. You're judgmental without knowledge. What does it matter how motorcycles are paid? The older I become the greater I give of my pensions to local charity. You may disapprove of them, too. There are some things I would share because the law require me to do so. Sir.


Chas 1 month, 1 week ago on Clash raises concerns about police militarization

The video I've seen of police in Missouri show them to be less disciplined with a weapon than those of military discipline and training.


Chas 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Cooper has experience, demeanor to be sheriff

Well said. Sheriff Turner doesn't work well with other elected officer-holders. Demeanor. Good word, that.

I've voted for most of those other officials. They may represent me, issues and complaints I may share with my neighbors, to the Sheriff's Office as a constituent. This is old-school civics.

Some of the elected officials the incumbent sheriff doesn't speak with have earned my respect, and votes, with decades of service and the good management of their office, and staff, when I've sought answers, records, & payed license & taxes, and, have always resulted in a pleasant personal experience.

I highly regard their opinions as someone who knows the day-to-day workings that never reach the public.


Chas 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Letter - If Aviary gone, what’s left in park?

The algae is a problem. I don't recall the problem in my youth. I think I may have remembered the smell and I don't. That was decades ago and I'd not rely upon my memory if it were a problem.

I've wondered if the algae bloom is related to the use of fertilizer on the fields to the east of the great pond. More generally, their common use by households and commercial businesses that apply chemicals for lawns throughout the season. That wasn't done when I was a young man. Golf courses, certainly, but not the household usage we know today.

When we stopped feeding the ducks their local population reduced in size appropriate to the pond. Before, during mating season, the greater number of drakes killed significant numbers of ducks. Walking through the park in the early morning was to find several ducks with the back of their necks chewed to the spine. Day after day ducks were needlessly dying because it was "cute" and "fun" to feed the ducks.

The good old days were not so good as our memories, certainly not good for the ducks.


Chas 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Letter - If Aviary gone, what’s left in park?

Without the Aviary what is left in Pioneer Park?: Seriously?

A nice play area for children near restrooms. A bandstand for public events or a nice view of the grounds.. A building with attached patio for weddings, anniversaries, and other meetings. A covered picnic area near restrooms on the east edge of the great pond. A small hill to take small children when it snows so they may sled down. A rose garden. A turn of the (19th) century fountain and a naval cannon. Plenty of paved sidewalk and trails for exercise. Various trees and shrubbery, flowers.

There are picnic tables and benches to enjoy sitting, alone or with a friend, while eating, watching the birds and squirrels, listening to nature. It's a quiet place if you know where to sit. Acres of lawn to lie upon and let your imagination go.

The aviary is shabby and has decades of fecal matter concentrated within and has always seemed, to me, to have potential as a public health threat. (a problem even if the aviary remains) Removing the aviary isn't the end of the project, I'm sure. Cleaning up the site for public use will take both time and money.


Chas 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Letter - Tourism threatens Walla Walla’s identity, culture

The Public seem to have decided upon the Aviary. It's time to let that go. It was about the money and budget and the people aren't willing to pay. Yes, Seattle did work it out. Walla Wallan's were given the opportunity and did not.

The streets and roads in some areas of Walla Walla are terrible because we built a town on enormous gravel beds. These gravel beds provide the many springs in the area around Pioneer Park. I've noticed the water level of the streams leaving the park has dropped several inches since Spring. I'm not writing of gravel used in underlayment for asphalt and concrete construction, but rocks the size of bread loaves. Walking on these gravel bars is difficult because they constantly move underfoot, they move as water levels rise and fall, they move as seasonal temperatures change. The same movement is happening beneath the streets.

People see bad roads and traffic and too many assume the traffic is the source of the problem because that's what they see. Many problems arise from what isn't seen.

The current street work with sewage and water line replacement offers a great opportunity to understand the challenges the engineer's face.


Chas 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Letter - Letters to the editor reflect the community

Science has no agenda but data, tested, then found, or, not, to be supported by evidence. It is neither "left" nor "right." If you read any article of science and find disagreement, then by all means conduct your own experiments, collect data, publish it for peer review. That's science. This newspaper prints valuable information about science. I don't want to read those articles in the Perspective section.

Willful ignorance of our elected politicians is regarded a badge of honor. That's nothing new. We elect few leaders to Congress, but sycophantic demagogues from all sides of the political spectrum with most currying favor from their corporate sponsors/donors who seek their payoff when they leave public office. This is nothing new, either. Mark Twain and Will Rogers made reputations addressing the same buncombe in their day. What has improved is the finesse our radio and TV, now, online media shape their propaganda and the gullibility of the witless who think shouting loudest will win any argument.

E pluibus unum was the Founders and Signers ideal of a motto and is a philosophical principle of government. "In God We Trust" is vacuous to the notion of self-agency being a requirement necessary of any people desiring good governance. The UB staff publish letters from people with vastly different outlooks of the world. I think they do a fine job with the paper. I look forward to read the ideas of a younger generation and hope they've success recruiting those voices.

I'd seriously like to know why the editors allow anonymous posts on their website which has "annoying nasty comments" but require a signature for print? It must be for the greater views to the most pages i.e. it's just about the money. Their policy is incoherent.


Chas 2 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Sheriff Turner’s debate question was mean-spirited

Excellent question. The Sheriff's Office is not the font of knowledge of law and precedent. The County Prosecutor holds that position and the Sheriff relies upon their good judgment.

Law and Justice are too often confused. Law and enforcement are NOT decided by the Sheriff Office but the County Prosecutor. Judges sign warrants, deputies are Officers of the Court seeking evidence of crime and delivering Papers for the County Clerk, Prosecutors (lawyers) seek legal compliance to our laws and regulations, if necessary before a Judge. Wrongs are adjudged by the Court.

A Sheriff must : jail, transfer, cite, arrest for violations, hold custody of prisoners before trial (remember, we're innocent before Trial) and incarcerate criminals under the Order of the Court. They are Officers of the Court and are sworn to uphold the Law, not make it.

mythoughts are well intended, I understand them, I may have had the better Civics teacher.


Chas 2 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Turner not afraid to challenge status quo

I respect your opinion. I've not personally met this "poised, charismatic and articulate" Sheriff. Elective offices become for too many a cult of personality.

The "status quo" for a Sheriff is Justice. No more, no less.

$235,000 paid for wrongful termination. Egregious use of an employee medical record, while still under process.

I'm not finding Justice, here. All those other great qualities, and I admit they sound like great qualities, but they are worthless without the understanding that Justice is not a "thing" but how we live our lives justly.


Chas 2 months, 1 week ago on Sheriff's candidate forum video available

Tom Cooper is on L&I medical leave. It's not his decision to "return to work." He's under the care of a physician who must "return him to work." This is L&I policy and procedure. Sheriff Turner as the employer either knows L&I or he is misrepresenting L&I to the public. If the Sheriff "knows" labor law then I'd have expected him to honor medical privacy laws. Federal and State.