Jo99362 3 weeks, 2 days ago on Letter - McMorris Rodgers works across party lines

McMorris Rodgers voted to allow health insurance companies to raise your premiums or drop your policy if you become ill, she has also voted to dismantle medicare and privatizing social security. She also does not feel violence against lesbians, Native Americans, and immigrant women are worthy of protection, or voting that women have equal pay.

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Jo99362 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Cantwell’s call to eliminate Redskins name might succeed

According to the federal government, you aren't really a Native American unless you are enrolled with a handy card from one of the recognized tribes. Claiming Native American roots doesn't do a whole lot because no tribe recognizes its members based on DNA testing. Some tribes you have a blood quantum, others is based solely on lineage, others its generational lineage (meaning if your mom wasn't enrolled, anyone after her in the family are not able to enroll). Also, you can only enroll into ONE tribe.

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Jo99362 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Cantwell’s call to eliminate Redskins name might succeed

"Redskins" is a derogatory racial slur, it is equivalent to saying the "nigger/apes" for blacks, or "wetback/spic/beaner" for latinos, or "gook/chink" for asians. Why do white people/NFL want to keep promoting racism? Its not honorable in anyway to hold on to a mascot name that has been historically negative and promoted the killing of Natives. Its one thing you have DNA of Native Americans, quite another when you actually enroll and be part of your actual tribe.

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Jo99362 2 months, 3 weeks ago on County commissioners vote to ban pot businesses

These County Commissioners are really out of touch of what mental illness and substance abuse is.

Mental illness is a complex matter that doesn't start with marijuana use, the medications that are "legally" prescribed are just as addictive and impairs judgement/driving.

Substance abuse is a whole other complex issue too, there are some people who genetically will be addicted no matter what the substance is (illicit drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, painkillers, caffeine, etc.), they have their preference if they like downers, uppers, hallucinogenic, or a combination.

Its great they want to fund mental health/substance abuse services, but saying its a direct cause of marijuana is ridiculous. How about having laws that forces people to be accountable and responsible . . . like having it controlled and sold to people over the age of 21 . . . or 25. There are a lot of other substances that are worse than marijuana.

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Jo99362 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Tourism threatens Walla Walla’s identity, culture

Walla Walla is immensely better than Pendleton in terms of tourism. Walla Walla is doing stuff almost year round . . . Pendleton has the Round-Up and its pretty much dull the rest of the time. There are plenty of family-friendly events: County Fair, Balloon Stampede, Wheelin' WW, Light Parade, Parks & Recreation Programs, Farmer's Market, YMCA, CampFire, FunRuns, Musicals at the Amphitheater, Ducky Derby, Public Library has weekly events, Children's Day, National Night Out, PeachBasket, Ft. WW, Whitman Mission, WW Sweets games, etc. Not everything is free but there is no shortage of things to do for families. It would be nice if the funds could be used to expand the downtown area and help revitalize the side streets. I haven't gone wine tasting ever since I moved here over 10 years ago, but I don't see it damaging the community at all. Round-Up on the other hand, is about drinking in excess all day and all night (when I was a kid when there were more bars downtown).

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Jo99362 4 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Opinions in recent Union-Bulletins too liberal

I didn't think it was that liberal, it keeps having a huge section for christianity every week that I bypass as quick as the sports scores. I wish the UB would cover more local stories, especially not AFTER the event has happened. For example, the East Oregonian does all the work of reporting before Round-Up of what to expect, the history of random things, then coverage DURING the event, and the official results afterwards. I enjoy their newspaper a lot more because it covers regional stories and state-wide issues that affect the community, with some other tidbits.

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Jo99362 8 months, 3 weeks ago on Letter - Need for Wa-Hi science building questioned

The science classrooms are deplorable. I did a patron tour and my HS was built in the 60s had a lot better lab set-up than Wa-Hi. My HS also had half the number of students and we had 6 science classrooms for grades 10-12, I do not forsee 10 classrooms being a ridiculous request, especially if you expect graduates to attend college. Our average classroom size was 16 and 2 years is usually required to graduate or even attempt to go to college. Biology requires different lab requirements than Chemistry or Physics. If you expect Wa-Hi to be academically focused and expect graduates to be adequately teaching youth to be ready for college, you have to upgrade fundamental spaces like a science building.

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Jo99362 11 months, 1 week ago on State welfare reform seems to be working

It takes about 8-10 years for the trickle effects to happen with social services and needs of the poor. The recession ended in 2008, so the homeless shelters and more needs by the people are going to start showing now and escalate. Our food banks will continue to serve more and more people than they can handle until about 10 years later when these lowered amount of people on welfare start being reflected in the community. Its one of those weird things that the welfare numbers say less poor people, but social services will see an increase in need.

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Jo99362 1 year ago on New recovery home for women opens in Walla Walla

I wonder what the average payment the women are responsible for paying? I wasn't even aware there were group homes for adults in Walla Walla.

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Jo99362 1 year ago on Lincoln High principal's resignation announced

namvet60, so your issue is that the principal has served the school district for 28 years is not entitled to his benefits, paid sick leave, or any other payment because he earned it?

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