greest 11 months, 3 weeks ago on Foodstock 2014 on Saturday to feature local food, drink

How ironic that the Port of Columbia is promoting artisan-food tourism while Columbia County Planning Commissioners are hampering one of the county's best-known, established artisan-food producers, Monteillet Fromagerie.


greest 1 year, 1 month ago on Tourist dies after being struck in crosswalk at Palouse, Main streets

My drivers' ed teacher taught me to drive around blind curves no faster than what I could stop should something unexpected be in the lane. That could be a deer, a cow, a rock which rolled down the hillside, a person (or persons) on a bicycle. And it is legal for bicycles to ride two across on most roads and streets.

The roads and streets--except for most Interstate Highways--are not only for motor vehicles. Horse-drawn vehicles, people walking, and riding bicycles were on many of those streets before the automobile arrived and the laws have NOT revoked the rights of the classes of users with a longer history on the roads and streets of WW County.


greest 1 year, 5 months ago on Viticultural area celebrates 30th year

Actually, last week, I shot a photo of a tumbleweed on the sidewalk on the south side of Main St. east of 2nd Ave.



greest 1 year, 6 months ago on Food banks struggle to fill shelves with protein

This piece fails to recognize the existence of nutritious non-animal sources of protein: such as lentils, beans, and various nuts.


greest 1 year, 6 months ago on AT&T throws switch to 4G LTE

This article is not clear regarding whether this change in service will be implemented in the U-B readership area. AT&T's service in much of College Place and Walla Walla has been disappointing to many customers.


greest 1 year, 7 months ago on Harry Hamada

This obituary leaves me wondering if Mr. Hamada and his family were subjected to being interned in one of the camps to which even US citizens of Japanese ancestry were subjected during WWII.


greest 1 year, 7 months ago on Christmas closures

Once again, the U-B, provides partial coverage, failing to note the early closings on Dec. 24, such as the Post Office in College Place (and, possibly, other P.O.s).

I will expect the same half-hearted coverage to ignore early closures on Dec. 31.


greest 1 year, 7 months ago on Walla Walla launches Open City Hall Web page

None of the discussion I have seen appears to have any awareness of all the scientific knowledge about parking and transportation demand which has accrued over the past half century. Many business districts have gone into decline when parking and transportation demand are not managed wisely.

Just for starters, making it easy for employees to use the close-in parking spaces most coveted by customers is damaging to the businesses where the employees work. Shifting the costs of parking to customers and non-customer taxpayers--regardless of whether or not they are using said parking--can make a business district uncompetitive and is certainly inequitable.

A very high percentage of persons who work in downtown Walla Walla live within a couple of blocks of Valley Transit service: a service of such high quality that--as many of you know--when voters were asked to support an increased sales tax for transit, the answer was an overwhelming yes. Business groups and the city of WW need to find ways to incentivize more workers to commute using Valley Transit and/or a combination of transit and bicycling. Likewise, businesses should consider rewarding customers who arrive without using one of the valuable/costly parking spaces. Walking, bicycling, Valley Transit--as well as the four other bus carriers which serve downtown (and other areas) Walla Walla--are all options for getting many customers to/from their shopping, dining, and other commercial endeavors.


greest 1 year, 7 months ago on Downtown Walla Walla parking garage plan options weighed

A high percentage of downtown workers live within two blocks of a Valley Transit bus stop, or in the service area of other transportation providers (such as Columbia County) which serve downtown Walla Walla. How about developing incentives for workers to use transit at least two or three times per week? Also needed is a stricter enforcement of time limits, so that persons storing a vehicle for longer periods do not occupy the spaces closest to stores, which are preferred by customers.