Jo99362 2 weeks, 5 days 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 1 month, 3 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 5 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 8 months, 2 weeks 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 9 months, 2 weeks 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 9 months, 2 weeks 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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Jo99362 9 months, 3 weeks ago on District officials in quandary over Wa-Hi

Too bad there isn't a way to create individual bond line items for the ballot and those that pass gets fixed. This article didn't even address Lincoln's need for a completely new school that has been tossed around as well, for a HS that has the most neediest students and the school district ignored for years by not providing counselors, social workers, or any other support systems. Now Lincoln is a place that students want to attend because the staff cares.

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Jo99362 10 months ago on Police: Walla Walla liquor thefts running high

Of course rates are going to go up, there are more places to buy liquor. LE should look at how California helps deter theft in stores.

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Jo99362 10 months ago on Homeless no more

This story needed to be shared about how homelessness and poor people still exist and with all the non-profits and social services are not able to help. At this rate, America may head down the road of having orphanages again and institutions to house/feed the poor of mass proportions.

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