Larch 11 months, 1 week ago on Artwork by J. Frank Munns

Thank you for presenting these images of Frank Munns's art. They are arresting. I would have liked to have known him.

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Larch 1 year ago on Walla Walla fixture Purple Parasol fades to black

The Purple Parasol windows were the one & only locus of relief in a so-called downtown that has been abandoned to tourism not unlike a boarded-up district abandoned to crime. By chance, the Parasol's bouquets of frocks & tuxedos & its physical position mirroring a sunlit street of slack-jawed baggy-shirted tourists & scruffy locals displayed the withering irony of contrast between our well-dressed past & the slovenly New America. Dress forms & dreams; booze bottles & hangovers. Will the real headless dummies please stand up?

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Larch 1 year, 4 months ago on Texting can become teen addiction

Excellent article. Excellent example being set by Logan Dozier. I cannot understand why smartphone makers themselves have not from inception programmed the phones to prevent usage by drivers in motion. AT&T is to be complimented, but a crossing pedestrian, for example, can be killed at 24mph too--or 12mph; so the 25mph design is whimsy. Meanwhile, I hope Logan's message reaches & gets through to people texting. We others are out there on these streets absolutely defenseless.

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Larch 1 year, 4 months ago on It takes a town to raise a tree

Of course the towering trees--if they must be replaced, which is questionable--should be replaced with trees that will tower as high. That's the whole emotional power! For example, every spring, chartreuse in flower, the soaring Norway maples edging Pioneer Park on Alder make life worth living, in spite of being pruned like swizzle sticks. I despise Walla Walla's tree policy.

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Larch 1 year, 5 months ago on Walla Walla southside annexation plan nixed

I couldn't be more surprised by this decision, & I commend the four council members who voted down the annexation. Shaun Laib's quoted reason was economic, which skipped the whole issue. How we Americans love to use money as the all-purpose rationale for action, at the expense of the ethical, physical, communal, & even spiritual factors of an issue that are often paramount. So Laib's vote offers rural residents no protection but is only a delaying action. Chris Plucker's thinking was germane to what has mattered, which is rural preservation. Of course the residents who bought homes in the gawdawful subdivisions out there wanted annexation: they hadn't bought their homes for country living in the first place. Well, for now, they're in the country. If they could look out their windows at anything but a neighbor's matching fake-oldtimey so-called architecture, they might see a patchwork of paradise, however compromised, hanging on for dear life.

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Larch 1 year, 5 months ago on With map: Annexation hearing to air pros, cons

It isn't even 60% of the owners, as I understand, it's owners of 60% of the property value! A very different piece of arithmetic.

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Larch 1 year, 6 months ago on Auction set for Walla Walla Gardener's Association property

From my point of view, another melancholy loss--after 97 years!--of continuity, of optimism, of the thriving of an authentic agricultural community. To which, locally, wineries and tourism bear only a negating, inauthenticating relationship. Even with the crucial progress of universal human suffrage, what a demoralizing new age the world of money has fashioned.

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Larch 1 year, 6 months ago on Wa-Hi bond talks slated

To fatherof5: Thank you for responding. However, please don't "explain".

You have almost gotten under my skin. I notice you are good at that! I was educated in the United States in American public schools--Walla Walla public schools--in grammar classes where I was taught American grammar. That's how & where I learned the rule in question--a simple, not a tricky rule. I won't be unlearning it. Perhaps the teaching changed after I left school--or perhaps the learning did--but you in your research didn't seem to find this history of an American change noted online. Someone at Slate thinks that she or he is proposing something new from England instead of something older from America?

Ah, the Internet. The woman in the State Farm TV commercial knows that everything on the Internet is true, & so, without doubt, her Internet boyfriend is a French model. "Uh, bonn-jurr," he musters.

However interested, I won't reply again, because readers concerned (as of course I have been too) about the local school bonds--the topic here--have had their patience tested enough, even if our Walla Walla education system has turned out to be the subject of this grammar point too.

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Larch 1 year, 6 months ago on Wa-Hi bond talks slated

About the grammar point that came up: In an earlier thread (under a heading about not voting) after the school bond failure, ImJustSayin said of fatherof5's post, 'This letter is an obvious prompting by "adults" to guilt those who voted "no".' Then fatherof5 replied, 'Your grammar was quite good, by the way, though the period goes inside the quotation mark on "no."' No! Punction goes inside quotation marks only when the punctuation is part of what is being quoted. If not, it goes outside the quotation marks. Well done, ImJustSayin.

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Larch 1 year, 7 months ago on Choosing to not vote doesn’t make sense

Since grammar came up, "fatherof5", notice where I have placed my comma after your username: outside the quotation mark. The rule is that if punctuation isn't part of the quotation, the writer doing the quoting should place his own punctuation outside the quotation marks. Well done, "ImJustSayin"! (See?)

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