Jerrycummins 14 hours, 13 minutes ago on Letter - Real names should be used on U-B website posts

I have followed this dialogue for a week plus now. Personally, I take a fairly strong position that a person should be williing to sign their name to a public statement made to sway public opinion. If, however, a writer chooses not to want readers to know their name, ultimately the reader has the ability to accept or reject the persons statements. A writer can usually justify in their own mind why they do not want to be known or why they want to remain anonamous. I personally receive both signed and unsigned (anonamous) letters concerning issues related to our city. I often find communications that are anonamous to be deflamatory, untruthful or negative in nature. If a letter is signed, I attempt to respond and take appropriate action. Regarding anonamous letters, I normally place less stock in what is said unless I am told and I personally accept the reason for anananimity. In addition, I obviously have no recourse in attempting to follow up to get additional information or to confirm statements made. Relationships are built from trust and I must also assume if a person takes the time to communicate to me, they have a little trust and/or faith in me or my position and understand I will treat their name or comments confidentually unless I ask and receive permission to use their name with others relating to the issue. Ultimately, I find myself in a position of being willing to work for people who idenitfy themselves much more readily than those who want to remain ananamous. Interesting, however, is find people who write anamomous comments usually are the individuals who are the quickest to complain about not receiving a satisfactory response or action.

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Jerrycummins 1 week, 5 days ago on Walla Walla veterans home clears another hurdle

This is great news for the 50,000 plus veterans who are in the geographical area serviced by this VA Medical Center who may need long term care. It is a shame older veterans have to be located long distances from their homes and families because skilled nursing facilities are not available closer to where they live. This project will also provide 93 family waged jobs for the Walla Walla Valley so not only will it serve Veterans, it will be an economic advantage to our citizens.

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Jerrycummins 2 weeks, 1 day ago on Leslie “Les” Wendler

Les was a very gentle person who was well liked. May his family know Les was an inspiration to many of our youth during his tenure as a teacher and administrator. He certainly left a positive mark on others. Rest in peace . . .

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Jerrycummins 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Former Walla Walla County Sheriff Mike Humphreys dies

Mike Humphreys was my former neighbor many years ago and I knew him also during his many years he served as Sheriff for Walla Walla County. He was a very sincere and dedicated individual who always had time to listen to people. My wife and I extend our condolences to his family and his many close friends. He will leave a positive mark on our community and if you keep score, he was a positive influence not only to the physical environment but also to the citizens of our Valley. Rest in peace, Mike.

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Jerrycummins 6 months ago on Tiny Social Security hike squeezes seniors, vets

Most individuals living on Social Security also pay a Plan B Medicare premium. In 2014, Medicare Part B premiums are scheduled to increase from $104.90 to $123.10 for individuals earning less than $85,000 or couples earning less than $170,000 annually. If a person has a higher annual income, they will also pay a proportionate higher Plan B Medicare premium commensurate with their income level. If Social Security increases by 1.5%, the increase will not cover the added cost for Part B Medicare for most low income seniors. I am not trying to insinuate the increase in Social Security is not enough. I am trying to point out lower income citizens living on Social Security will not have any increase in discretionary income because they will not see any increase in their monthly Social Security check.

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Jerrycummins 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Louis Perry

My sincere sympathy goes to Dr. Perry's family. Lou was a very gracious person who was a gentlemen in every way. I have always looked at Lou as a person I wanted to emulate. He certainly gave of himself to his family and unselfishly reached out to his community and Country. Rest in peace Lou, and my condolences to your family.

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Jerrycummins 7 months, 2 weeks ago on Dr. Kenyon Knopf

I knew Dr. Knopf a little different than probably others. He was chair of the Civil Service Commission for the City of Walla Walla in the 1980's. I was a teacher at Wa-Hi and was serving my first term on the Commission. I was struck by his leadership style--which was leadership by knowledge, understanding, perseverance, and kindness. Ken was prepared for each meeting, and he provided common sense and leadership for several years. I will always remember what I learned from Ken--it was he who inspired me to begin my service on the city council of Walla Walla.

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Jerrycummins 9 months ago on Low-flying Navy jets stir high anxiety

I also heard the military aircraft flying over Walla Walla. It certainly sounded to me like the cost of freedom. Go Navy!

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Jerrycummins 9 months ago on Low-flying Navy jets stir high anxiety

I heard the aircraft last night also. It sure sounded like the price of freedom to me. Go Navy!

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Jerrycummins 9 months ago on Low-flying Navy jets stir high anxiety

I also heard the military aircraft flying over Walla Walla last night. It sounded like the price of freedom to me.

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