writewinger 2 months ago on Perhaps McFeely Hotel could house homeless

I would hope you were either trying to be sarcastic or maybe just kidding??!!

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writewinger 2 months, 1 week ago on Washington, Oregon gas prices take a dive

In August took a 6600 mile trip to Virginia. Highest gas prices on entire trip were in Walla Walla when I left and when I returned. Paid under $3.00 in Virginia at the time..which is still too much. Yes, there were probably a few places along the way where one could have paid more...just don't fill up there. That's why I try to avoid buying gas in Walla Walla whenever possible. .

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writewinger 2 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Walla Walla Climate March small but important

I see that Nina is either from New York or was at least in NY when writing this letter. Presuming she does not have a private jet to fly around on like the hypocrite Gore's, the Moore's, the Kennedy's, etc., I am just curious what means of non-fuel clean energy environmentally friendly transportation she used to travel between New York and Walla Walla. Did she walk or ride a bike? Just wondering?

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writewinger 3 months ago on Tenants being signed for rebirth of Walla Walla mall

After such a long on again off again process that has taken place with this property one has a tendency to become somewhat skeptical about its future...especially since the sale of these California developers was completed a year ago with expressions that some serious indications of development would be in place by now. But...seems all we hear so far is that they are still working on getting retail stores to put their names on the dotted line with actual commitments as I don't consider letters of intent to be anything more than a...maybe. I would imagine they will have to get at least one or two majors to sign on and start moving forward before many others will follow. Can this community really support another sporting goods or grocery store? I can still remember all the fuss about the adverse impact WalMart was going to have. Hopefully the City Fathers will make sure this time that any future activity is a sure thing before they start issuing more permits, etc. I'm almost beginning to think it may have been better if the Port of Walla Walla had acquired this property too with another one of their infamous bailouts...they can just as well be competing for the local retail business too! Just hope this mall matter doesn't turn out to be another "Pie in The Sky" fiasco that ends up on the Courthouse steps. Hope for the best...time will tell!

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writewinger 5 months, 2 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 5 months, 2 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 8 months, 3 weeks 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 9 months, 3 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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