scottyr 4 months, 3 weeks ago on Legislators: Fix WSDOT before tinkering with additional taxes

I hope these local elected officials stay with their convictions, and find others to join them. Recall the last 5 cent gas tax raise, well the first thing funded was a great huge edifice of a building to beautify and enlarge administrative office space and provide room for a whole host of new engineers. Incidently, the overload of engineers is still on the payroll, waiting for meaningful work. The kind of work that used to be contracted out to private industry.
Next time you're in Olympia, drive by the WADOT office building. It'll make you just proud as pink.
Oh, and if you're talking DOT history, don't forget the freeway overpass across Nalley Valley in Tacoma that had to be torn down and redone. Gee, it isn't going to align with the ramp at the other end.

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scottyr 6 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - The bully class needs to do more than carp

A point well-taken and well-made Mr. Schmaltz. The power and prestige, (and certainly the monetary gain), of elected office has become so self-gratifying that the desire to govern must be concealed as a vice, not a job requirement. Today's political rhetoric does not propose an action path, it merely redefines the problem in order to avoid the "hung-out-to-dry" brand of reformer.

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scottyr 1 year, 1 month ago on Letter - Sheriff Turner’s integrity has earned him respect

Well, I'd lived in Walla Walla County for quite a spell, and now I've lived in Mason County for quite a spell. I appreciate Sheriff Salisbury's concern with the aspects of a Sheriff's duties in the State of Washington but, I'm afraid I find his letter's content more theater than substance.

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scottyr 1 year, 2 months ago on Targeting family for parents’ old debts ridiculous

Ignoring or refusing to pay a tax obligation would seem a serious offense against those who pay their share. But, the game of paying taxes has always been represented as an indiviual obligation.
If you want a real eye-opening look at just who heads the list of tax-payer deadbeats, go to the Washington State Department of Revenue web site and access the section that lists licensed business interests in this state who are tax delinquent. Be sure and have a calculator on hand, the amounts are staggering.

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scottyr 1 year, 3 months ago on Walla Walla Valley wine legends tell tales of early days

What a nice tribute to the Valley's Legends. Growing up in Walla Walla you just knew it's residents were honest and focused folks who could grow and develop superior products of the soil.
The Valley's respected reputation at the markets for wine, onions, strawberries, corn, cattle, wheat, peas, and a host of others is what we're about.
No matter what you believe about the power of economic markets, remember first that, "Man owes his very existence to about six inches of top soil and the fact that it rains." Way to go Walla Walla. Scotty Ray

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scottyr 1 year, 4 months ago on Legislature demographics don't reflect Washington's population

But, I'll bet the inconvenient truth of Legislators who claim to be underpaid for the amount of time the job consumes is, the bulk of that time consumed is attending social and smoke-filled room sessions to seek or satisfy their political donation benefactors?

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scottyr 1 year, 9 months ago on Management change in the offing at Baker Boyer Bank

Congradulations Baker-Boyer. You have been one very fine institution and a source of pride for your history and service. Scotty Ray

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scottyr 2 years ago on Ted Small estate auction nets big interest, bucks

Boy, I hope you're an immigrant zerocat because that kind of mean-spirit sure doesn't sound like the valley folk I grew up with!!!!

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