fatherof5 1 week, 2 days ago on Black Lives movement gains political clout

So, let's say in Iraq that the Kurds were being killed by the Hussein's Bath party. If the Kurds wanted to bring attention to their plight, why not create the message that "Kurdish Lives Matter"? Should the Kurds really be criticized for not including the Bathists in their slogan. The point would be that there is an injustice being perpetrated disproportionately upon Kurdish people.

To be clear, this analogy obviously fails in that the Bathists are not a fair comparison in any way to our police officers, most of whom do a great job under very difficult circumstances. But the analogy works for pointing out that murders of white people get lots of coverage and national attention, whereas crimes against black people do not. Hense, "Black Lives Matter." They are just trying to get some attention directed at this issue.

And by the way, your reference to "thuggery" would be interesting if they were white protesters. But they aren't. That is no longer an acceptable term in this context.


fatherof5 2 weeks, 2 days ago on Letter - Relish fact Walla Walla is again on national stage

Nice letter. I spent Thursday night downtown listening to the live music and watching all of the people. It was really special to experience this with my kids. Things will get back to normal in a few days, but this is pretty cool right now.


fatherof5 1 month ago on Letter - A lot of questions, but do answers really matter?

Funny, NewInWW, as I read this letter I started composing my answers to his questions, because the answers are all out there and not particularly difficult. But then I scrolled down and saw that you had already done this....and done it well.

They aren't really interested in answers, though. I think the questions are rhetorical. They'll keep asking about Obama's birth certificate and Hillary's Benghazi cover-up for years after the answers to those questions have been thoroughly investigated and reported. It doesn't matter. They will believe what they want to believe regardless of any contrary evidence. Put them in a room with a Nobel-prize winning climate scientist, and they'll leave the room still convinced they know more than the experts.

Take this Planned Parenthood video. A full reading of the text of the complete conversation makes it obvious that fetal tissue is not being sold and that no laws were broken. This information is widely available. Will it matter? Nope.


fatherof5 1 month ago on Letter - It is time to stand up against ignorance

The first two replies to this letter are both ad hominem, which is indicative of the strength of Ms. Buehler's argument. Many of the "issues" up for debate in today's newspapers (and in Congress) are scientific issues, not political ones. And they aren't being debated any longer by scientists, who have moved on to exploring the scope of the problems and potential solutions.


fatherof5 1 month, 2 weeks ago on 18-day negotiation yields landmark Iran nuclear accord

We had been on the path toward having to take military action against Iran, which could have further destabilized the region. Instead, we have bought some time. Best case scenario: Iran doesn't build a bomb, we don't go to war, and gas prices fall because Iran floods the market with oil.

Worst case scenario: Iran violates the agreement and we're back where we started.


fatherof5 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Former Wa-Hi choir teacher faces charges of indecent exposure

The school district puts all new hires through a criminal background check with fingerprints and all. References are checked. He came in with a stellar reputation. Beyond that, I don't know how you anticipate this. This is an awful situation.

His departure was devastating to the choir students this year, including two of my own kids. It really threw the program into turmoil. Thankfully, the woman who came in as a long-term sub did a great job, and the new hire for next year is excellent and has taught in the district for several years.

While I don't see this at all as a trend, I'm with you on this one in terms of being disgusted, Namvet.