thrifty 3 weeks, 4 days ago on Walla Walla Council to consider annexation of 169 acres at southern edge of city

As I recall both the police dept and fire dept were full of suggestions during the Triple Creek hearing. The area is part of the Urban Growth Area and as such has to be built to City Planning specs. The intent was and is for the city to annex that area and it is past time for that to be done. Let the residents trade lower water costs for higher taxes.

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thrifty 2 months, 1 week ago on Snow melt could bring flooding to Walla Walla Valley

The National Weather Service's web site at the airport shows very little moisture in the snow. If this is correct I'm wondering just where all of the moisture is going to come from to create this flooding. In addition someone is saying that our snow pack in the mountains is seriously short of what will be needed. Does the snow fall and potential rainfall amount to enough to create a flooding event?

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thrifty 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Oregon treats wolves the right way

Maybe Irene should devote her attentions to how her state is being run and let residents of Western states decide how their states will be run.

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thrifty 2 months, 2 weeks ago on A closer look at ‘Bette in Spokane’ from McMorris Rodgers’ speech

I can name several that I know who had insurance they liked and could afford but lost it because of the specific requirements in the new legislation. Many are now faced with insurance options that cost more than they can afford. It isn't unrealistic to say that the legislation caused most who had their own insurance to lose it while many that didn't have insurance will be able to get it but most all of us will be subsidizing their plans.

There are a number of new taxes that come with the legislation and apparently most of the younger crowd that don't need insurance will pay the fine (aka tax) and go without. This ultimately will cause all premiums to be higher.

We can all list personal experiences but what should be considered is what is best for the country and I think the answer is known. I'm truly sorry that your sister has lung cancer but ultimately we are all going to be paying for her treatment with or without ObamaCare.

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thrifty 2 months, 2 weeks ago on A closer look at ‘Bette in Spokane’ from McMorris Rodgers’ speech

It is interesting to hear how defenders of affordable health care go about their work. I think that this piece of legislation is the biggest piece of ill conceived crap to be passed by any party in congress for quite some time. For the GOP this just keeps on giving.

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thrifty 2 months, 3 weeks ago on Progressives respectful of differing views

On at least one point I beg to differ with Mr. Swayne. First and foremost I see many Democrats preferring to be called "progressives" since they are trying to get away from the term "liberal" or Democrat. You may feel that "progressive" can mean either party but I'm not aware of any true conservatives that consider themselves as "progressives." I am aware of a few liberals that belong to the Republican party. They are both Representatives and Senators in Eastern States that probably wouldn't be able to win election if they actually stood for true conservative values.

Mr. Swayne's criticism of Representative Rodgers reflects his true colors. There are "tea party" members in the Republican party and there are also a number of members that have different beliefs. I suspect that many who identify with the tea party movement are well educated and successful. My impression is that most progressives, liberals, Democrats, and some Republicans have attempted to degrade the tea party members by inferring things that are not necessarily correct about them. However, I realize that some in the Republican party do leave something to be desired. The Democrats confess to having a big tent and I suspect that many of those inhabitants are of questionable character.

It appears that you are fortunate Mr. Swayne since apparently you don't have to participate in the healthcare fiasco that your party created since you are old enough to be on Medicare. Perhaps your next letter will inform us as to how well that legislation is working. It looks like a real "progressive" piece of work.

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thrifty 4 months ago on Efforts to set $15-hour minimum wage gain steam in Seattle

I appreciate what you are saying. I also enjoy reading your posts since they reflect a lot of common sense.

My point is that many who are involed in minimum wage jobs are just starting out or are holding a job while completing school. There are exceptions to this today because of the poor economy. But those that are capable tend to move up in the business or move out to a different line of work.

My point is that many of these businesses that offer minimum wage jobs do so because they can't afford to pay high wages and still compete in the line of business they are in. If our government mandates a artifically high wage those businesses may not be able to compete and they could be forced out and the well intending workers would be left without a job.

Just because an organization exists doesn't mean it has an unlimited amount of money to satisfy everyone's needs. One shouldn't confuse a $1 in revenue with a $1 in gross profit. Profit is just a small percentage of revenue and it takes a lot of revenue to provide a pay raise or to hire an additional worker.

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thrifty 4 months ago on Efforts to set $15-hour minimum wage gain steam in Seattle

Those advocating a $15 minimum wage might want to think about this comment, "The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work." Legislating a $15 minimum wage could well be the same as legislating themselves out of a job.

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