writewinger 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Letter - New water filtration system good for Walla Walla's future

NamVet...Scientifically, the cooling must be the result of Climate Change...or...maybe the NOAA placed the darn temp stations in the wrong locations?! Besides, who can believe anything the Government says? Thanks for the additional enlightenment! Maybe some day this will all start to make some sense, but probably not in my lifetime.

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writewinger 1 month, 4 weeks ago on Letter - New water filtration system good for Walla Walla's future

Fatherof5 I was not surprised at your response. It would be very foolish of me to get into any kind of intellectual dialogue with you on the subject of Science....or probably any other subject. You are obviously highly educated and have a very strong passion in and for the field of Science and am sure you have statistical references on the effects and reasons for Global Warming...Oh, I mean Climate Change...dating back 650,000 years right up to the most recent report that the Antarctic Ice Field is now at a record level high, due, of course to the effects of Climate Change. But, even though you may be correct that science is not in and of itself political, it is my opinion that the subject of Global Warming is...just as much of science is based on opinions of which there are many.

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writewinger 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months, 2 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 8 months 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 1 year, 3 months 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 1 year, 4 months 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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