tpeacock 3 weeks, 2 days ago on Letter - Anti-gun lobby uses hysteria and emotions

The Laws intention never was to take guns away from criminals, nor was it to keep them from stealing them. It's intention was to cut off an avenue of access to them. I purchased a shotgun a couple years ago at a Gun Show and was asked if I had my ID. When I took my WDL out to show the seller, he and a companion laughed, and scoffing, they told me they merely had to ask, they weren't required to actually see I had ID. While there may not be a plethora of weapons sold to criminals in this manner, the sheer arrogance displayed, and the simple thought of how a felon could acquire a weapon this way, is a part of what the Initiative's aim was designed to thwart. It isn't and wasn't an aimed at an eventual seizure of our weapons, nor was it's intent to make swapping firearms amongst friends out shooting recreationally.


tpeacock 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Pot shop OK’d for Walla Walla

That's the first thing I thought of when I read about W2 finally joining the legally passed mandate of the State's voters. For all the naysayer's, if you have no true basis for your judgments on pot, save your fingers from typing rubbish, rid yourself of ideas formed from Cheech and Chong movies, Fast Times or any other Hollywood movies, or from medical research not based on actual usage. Despite any thoughts you may have, alcohol is and always has been a much more dangerous substance, it is a fact that violence is fueled by alcohol, not pot, and as W2 has so lovingly adopted the Wine Industry, at great benefit to the town, so should pot be. FYI, I drink myself, and have always enjoyed doing so, but have seen too many that can't handle alcohol, turn downright mean after consumption, etc.

Let's face it, it's a well know fact how fertile our ground is, can you not see that we should do everything to get a commercial growing operation here also? Though indoor growing is known to produce a better crop, with the right care, and our fertile soils, outdoor grown pot would rival any of the other cash crops we raise, and would add another stair on the ladder of success in bringing in tourism business.


tpeacock 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Letter - It is shameful there was no photo of veterans in U-B

Oh please, there is more than enough coverage of Vets these days, in fact, in many of our minds (I'm a Vet myself) there's way too much. I never joined or served so I could be continually lauded years after, and would be embarrassed as Heck to demand such.

I read stories from some Vets complaining about not getting there 10% discount at Home Depot, missing a flight because they didn't follow the e-ticket procedures, and recently in Spokane, a Sailor on leave not getting a golfing discount. Really? The Army did many wonderful things for me, I have received everything I was promised, and nowhere in the papers I signed did it say I was to be put on a pedestal, that I should be offended if a Holiday occurred and I wasn't celebrated in newspapers and on TV, that I would get help finding a job when I got out, etc.

I was, however, trained to take care of myself in the worst of cases, that when all that was left to depend on was me, that's who I could depend on, and to this date, have never once felt my service has, is, or was ever ignored in any way! What's shameful to me is this handful of Vets seeking their 15 minutes of fame and taking it out on society whenever they feel they haven't been given that 15 minutes.


tpeacock 3 weeks, 6 days ago on Letter - New shopping is good, roundabout is bad

I couldn't agree more, just as what happened with the proposal to turn W. Rose into two lanes, people need to rally against this ridiculous solution to a minor issue at that intersection that can be corrected with a much better solution.


tpeacock 1 month ago on Milton-Freewater motorcyclist critically injured in crash with SUV

The accident occurred on 125/11 in M-F, so what that has to do with 12 is puzzling at best. The stretch of road where this accident occurred has had it's share of bad accidents over the years, more so due to inattention than safety designs. I know personally, as the 15th anniversary of a life altering accident I was involved comes up on the 16th of this month.

My 12 year old son and I were heading to Pendleton for a ride, when a 79 yr. old lady pulled out from All Rite Carpets right in front of us. My son was in the hospital for a week before going home to recuperate from broken femur while I spent the rest of the summer at St. Mary's almost loosing my right foot. While this could have been blamed on the highway, and this stretch of road is considered a safety zone (whatever that means) it was due to driver inattention.

I do not buy into motorcycles being invisible or hard to see, they aren't! What I believe it comes down to, is people in a hurry to get out in busy traffic are more attuned to look for deterrents to that process, like other cars, trucks, etc. but motorcycles, due to their smaller size don't get the attention they should. This is not to say drivers purposely target motorcycles, just that their smaller size inhibits a driver's perspective and they don't appear to be the detriment to entering traffic that larger vehicles do.

Maybe it's because I do ride, but I have no issue spotting motorcycles in light or heavy traffic, nor judging (mis-judging) my ability to enter traffic flow without becoming a threat to motorcycles. Here's hoping for a successful and speedy recovery for the rider, and for some form of justice to wake up one more driver who obviously was not as attentive as she should have been.

We could put stop lights at every intersection in town, build four leaf clovers at all intersections on all highways, and inattentive drivers would still find a way to cause accidents. The focus should be on folks that shouldn't be driving in the first place, punishing those whose actions cause harm and fatalities so they become more aware of the true responsibility when behind the wheel, and stop this insane practice of trying to compensate for bad driving behaviors.


tpeacock 1 month ago on Letter - Take action against NRA-promoted laws

This poor man lives in fear of many things as has been made clearly obvious by his posts. He also, due to the same review of his posts, seems quite eager to make comments based on very little to no facts, assuming readers will buy into his writings because of his oft stated profession or the manner in which he pens (types?) his posts using educated sounding prose. Problem is, his utter lack of facts obliterate any of the aforementioned reasons he tries to persuade reader's with, and he has finally owned up to this with his apology. At least and at last, he can be given credit for something in his postings.


tpeacock 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Letter - We have created nation of whiners

I agree with the comment highlighting California, that was pretty short sighted and sounds a bit political lean motivated. Past that I agree pretty much with the over all intent of the letter, and this is from someone who grew up being bullied, picked on, etc. I got over it just fine thanks to going into the Army right out of High School. Being a tubby kid growing up, Basic Training took care of that, and through my training and my career I discovered what I was capable of doing.

By the way, Thank you folks for paying me to learn, grow, and enjoy the many weapons and other hardware I got to use, and for the experiences and training that have made me the man I am today. To thank me for my service truly isn't appropriate, it's the other way around indeed!

These days, it seems too many want to molly coddle their kids through childhood and on into their adult years. So many want their kids to be adults or at least take on many adult functions before they even get out of elementary schools. How many commercials have kids foisting adult products and coming off as knowing more about said products than an adult should or would? You see it on the news daily, in the stations efforts to bring 'human interest' stories, some youngster filling an adult role, when the kid should be enjoying being a kid, and the driving force; the almighty $ it will bring in for the parents, or for the parent (and child) to get their 15 minutes of fame.

Being a kid used to be simpler, a lot more fun, and a lot less being driven to succeed before having a chance to grow up. It was less cluttered with electronic iCarp, and kids were outside using their minds in creating fun, not inside glued to some electronic device. It's not California, this unfortunate set of circumstances is everywhere, and it's beginnings can't be pinned to any one state.


tpeacock 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Fight the cause of crime, not weapons

Nice story but any point to be made is quite muddled. As an Army Infantryman with 22 years of service, I was a huge fan of the M-16, the AR-15 being the civilian version. My fellow comrades and I always discussed how it would make a nice varmint hunting weapon, other than that it's more of a novelty weapon. In combat, a 20 or 30 round magazine makes quite a bit of sense, heck if we could have got our hands on a 100 round drum it would have been nicer yet, though heavier and a lot more cumbersome.

My point is simple though, and as many have stated, any hunter worth his salt doesn't need anything more than a 5 round magazine (not a clip), and if you can't drop your prey with that many rounds, it's probably time to retire form hunting. This is directed at AR-15's, AK's, SKS's, and the like are basically the same sort of weapon, but with a larger caliber projectile, so let's not kid ourselves about their use as hunting weapons. Yes they can be used for such, but I myself would prefer a true hunting weapon, with a nice scope, and sure as heck no 20 round (or larger) magazine.


tpeacock 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Letter - Clinton’s lack of respect for ‘rule of law’ distressing

Thanks, Ninja, I try to keep things simple because even simple confuses most 'normal' users. But your breakdown, even stated quite simply, makes the point. It's much easier to feign any facts regarding the issue of the Clinton's email server, just like the ongoing takeover of Texas by the Military. Facts, who cares about those pesky little things anymore, ha-ha!