NewInWW 1 day, 10 hours ago on Letter - U-B editorial on Congress and political revenge was best in years

The solution might be effective campaign funding reform. Instead of targeting those making donations, why not target those accepting them?

For starters, we could ban any fund raising, accepting of campaign contributions or discussion of campaign donations by or for the benefit of elected officials except for a two month period prior to an election (including speaking fees); and any solicitation of campaign contributions or offer of campaign contributions outside of that two month window would be treated as felony bribery.

It doesn't run afoul of the SCOTUS's ridiculous Citizens United decision, and might be enough to at least slow down the takeover of our federal and state governments by moneyed interests.

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NewInWW 1 week ago on Letter - ‘America,’ the movie, worth seeing

Nice little misdirection play - equating my ability to discern trash with your uncle's racism.

Perhaps the fruit didn't fall so far from the tree after all, as you seem unable to support any cause that promotes justice, equal treatment or equal opportunity.

Your uncle would be proud.

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NewInWW 1 week, 1 day ago on Letter - ‘America,’ the movie, worth seeing

You've made this "have you seen it" point several times in this thread.

Perhaps unlike you, I don't need to eat a turd sandwich to know it's not good. I base that conclusion on my prior experience with turds as well as the overwhelming opinions of those I trust about turds. None of us think they'd make a good sandwich.

I see no reason to pay good money to buy a turd sandwich only to confirm what I already know - they are not, as Alton Brown would say, "Good Eats."

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NewInWW 1 week, 3 days ago on Letter - Sheriff John Turner supports the D.A.R.E. program

Based on the ineffectiveness of the DARE program, I'd say that's a good call by Turner if your information is correct.

Why spend taxpayer money on a program that doesn't work?

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NewInWW 1 week, 3 days ago on Letter - Sheriff John Turner supports the D.A.R.E. program

Sheriff Turner supporting the DARE program is the first somewhat negative thing I've heard about him. The DARE program has been shown to be ineffective in numerous studies.

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NewInWW 1 week, 4 days ago on Sheriff's candidate forum video available

Turner never said he wouldn't enforce the law; he said he'd urge the county to take advantage of their right to delay implementation so we can see what other jurisdictions do.

He repeatedly said he'd enforce the law, even if he wasn't personally in favor of it.

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NewInWW 1 week, 4 days ago on Sheriff's candidate forum video available

I think knowledge of the law - particularly the law as it applies to the exercise of police powers - is very relevant to one's choice of sheriff.

Cooper said he was knowledgeable about the law as it applied to the sheriff's office, but then said he hasn't kept up during his 18 month disability leave and couldn't answer the question. Blackman also couldn't answer the question.

There were a number of instances in which Blackman or Cooper suggested steps they said they would take to address what they claimed were deficiencies in Turner's performance, e.g. personally recruiting Latino deputies, which Turner then suggested - without disagreement by either Cooper or Blackman - were illegal.

I don't want Walla Walla county (or me through my property taxes) to be faced with a series of lawsuits brought because deputies were not properly trained in what they can and cannot lawfully do in the exercise of their powers. Neither Cooper nor Blackman gave me any comfort on that score.

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