writewinger 1 week, 6 days ago on Teachers to state: Cough up some bucks or schools are outta here

Who on earth is Gov. Jay Ingraham?? I am in favor of loading them all onto the bus and moving them to wherever...including Governor watchamacallhim...and maybe even Thomthumb and Crank too!! The whole bunch is out of control..including the WEA!!

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writewinger 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Sheriff's Office reorganization to be revisited after legal hurdle found

When now Sheriff Turner was running for this position he represented himself to be a Republican...possibly in order to get elected? It seems his actions place him more in the category of being a RINO...at least from the standpoint of being a conservative when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars. As I recall, when he brought his friend Eddie Freyer to Walla Walla, he implied that the Undersheriff Position was critical to the operations of his Department. Now that Mr. Freyer has apparently moved on to other pastures, the position is no longer nearly as important, but rather than relinquishing/returning the $100,000 plus dollars to the taxpayers for other uses, decisions were made to make an unreasonable increase of one position salary and establish a new one...just to be able to use up the Budget. After reading Sheriff Turner's attorney speak explanation of the reasons for his decision, must admit I was not convinced they are justified. I do not understand how one's existing job responsibilities could possibly be increased to justify the salary increase proposed for Shanda Zessin...unless she has previously had a lot of non-productive time. Will she now have law enforcement duties? Now that it has been concluded the Sheriff cannot legally establish employee salaries, I hope the Commissioners will not rush their decision on this issue. They must keep the taxpayers best interests in mind. Public Employee salaries and benefits keep spiraling upward and surely lead to bankruptcy as has and is happening in other parts of the country. It is my understanding Shanda Zessin lives in the State of Oregon and while I do not know her, have no personal animosity toward her, cannot fault her for taking advantage of the system and am sure she is very good on her job, I do feel some resentment...or maybe it's envy! If this huge increase in her salary is implemented, the only real beneficiaries will be Shanda, the State of Oregon and Umatilla County.... no Washington or Walla Walla County property taxes or sales taxes. Just doesn't seem right to me! Maybe the Commissioners need to take a look at that? Insofar as Sheriff Turner is concerned, based on the many negative darts he has thrown at previous administrative practices, procedures and employees, it makes one wonder if we have ever had any Sheriff Department protection in our County prior to his being elected.. His comments remind me of someone else in a pretty high level position!!

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writewinger 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Walla Walla pulls plug on aviary fund

Suppose the City Council will take advantage of spending thousands to erect a sign near the sight of the abandoned Aviary extolling their decision to save taxpayer dollars by eliminating this favorite family attraction and child learning center for so many? Guess it won't help one of the primary decision makers much though since the Director of P&R for the City of Walla Walla and making the big bucks lives and I presume pays his City property taxes in College Place. Makes one wonder!

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writewinger 3 months, 2 weeks ago on Milton-Freewater man killed crossing Highway 11

While I very much agree with the position expressed by PearlY, I think it also prudent to agree with the thought of NamVet in his most recent post. Law enforcement will sort out who may have been at fault here.

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writewinger 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Walla Walla School Board to consider planned resignation

As Board Members are Elected positions could anyone tell me why this is being treated as a District Personnel Matter? Do the Board Members now report to the Superintendent? Just Wondering....

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writewinger 11 months, 3 weeks ago on Hunters don’t need assault weapons

Hey Jim...Very Few people own actual Assault Weapons but in your comparing a single shot to a semi-automatic here's a comparison that you can no doubt relate to....A person can get from Point A to B in a Piper Cub or Cessna so why are they flying a Lear?

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writewinger 1 year ago on With map: Annexation hearing to air pros, cons

The City cannot provide sufficient services in the existing City boundaries. What will they do with more? The additional taxes generated will not cover the needs. They seem to be proud that they have annexation signatures from 60% of homeowners and make a point of saying they do not need any further agreement to proceed with their plan. What they don't say is that the way they secured the signatures was in many cases rather slight of hand. The developers of the Table Rock, Triple Creek Additions, etc., were required to utilize City services and in turn, purchasers of homes in these additions had to sign forms agreeing to future annexation as a condition of their purchase. Many had no idea what they were signing at the time. Just a bunch of documents requiring signatures. Sign and move on or don't buy. These signatures were not secured through a door to door campaign. Possibly those in these additions may be better off in the long run...but...how about the hundred plus who will be adversely affected and want nothing to do with this annexation. The Power of Government to force people to do things they would rather not and should rightfully not have to do is truly unfortunate.

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writewinger 1 year ago on Restore full search access to county tax info

I fully agree with the position and views expressed by the U-B Editorial Board. This was just another knee jerk action/reaction that will accomplish nothing other than to make it more difficult for those desiring to access public information. There is no apparent evidence that the most recent violence against public officials had anything to do with the availability of public records such as their home addresses and in fact the most recent shooting of a Sheriff in West Virginia occurred while he was sitting in his marked vehicle eating lunch. Unfortunately, those who choose to do harm to others whether they be law enforcement/public officials or the general public will find a way and hindering access to public records will not stop them. It is pretty similar to the efforts to pass more gun laws to stop gun violence. It won't make a difference! I strongly encourage Mr. Heimbigner, Mr. Nagle and the County Commissioners to reconsider this action.

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writewinger 1 year, 1 month ago on Proposed gun control bill won’t work.

I had an Email message from Rep. Walsh this P.M. She advised that she was initially misinterpreting the purpose and after further evaluation of the impact of HB 1588 on law abiding gun owners and the fact it would do little, if anything, to curtail gun activity by criminals, she has reversed her position on this bill and Will Not be supporting it. That is fortunate and hopefully others who don't really seem to understand the ramifications of passage and implementation of some of these proposed gun control laws will also come to the realization they will do nothing but have negative effects on everyone except the criminals and those who choose to find a way to do harm to others. Not to mention creating an enforcement nightmare for Law Enforcement. Unrealistic Bills like HB 1588 and SB 5737 Should Not Be Passed!

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