writewinger 1 month ago on Obama order to cut government's carbon emissions 40 percent over 10 years

Now NamVet...We must be fair... as I'm sure they must have the data to show they are covered with carbon offsets by his use of an Electric Cart on the Golf Course!

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writewinger 1 month, 1 week ago on Letter - Social Security mess needs fixing

I agree regarding the voter registration and unfortunately, Washington State will no doubt follow suit. Next step will be to have them mail out completed ballots with prepaid return postage so all one will have to do is sign...even if with only an X. Future not looking very bright...unless you are a slacker and just don't care. SAD!

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writewinger 1 month, 1 week ago on Port gives break to tenant, hopes for same from city

It is my opinion what really needs to be flushed is the Port Administration, starting with its Director. The Kuntz Dynasty has been growing for 20 plus years and has reached a point where they are no longer able to effectively manage it. The Government way solution is, of course, hire more oversight people. Paying the existing staff more is obviously not the answer. The Port (At the Airport) started on Government land with Government supported funds as an entity to promote and secure business growth for the County. It has grown into something quite different. The Port is in direct competition with private industry on many of their ventures which is the opposite of its intended purpose. Massive amounts of property both land and business have been taken off the tax rolls and now under the Port umbrella. It seems the Port should now be crediting some of their profits back to the tax paying shareholders. One has to wonder what kind of agreement Mr. Kuntz has with the City of Pasco for the multimillion dollar poop shoot just completed under the Snake River? Will he be able to monitor all the water/sewer connections in Burbank and if he finds there is considerable fresh water being drained and/or flushed, will he be able to file for a refund? That could be a real...Crap Shoot! It's time for a change!!

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writewinger 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Burbank woman convicted of $2.6 million tax fraud

Chicoli...I must say that I feel very warm and fuzzy, as well as honored, to think that even though I have had very limited written participation in this blogosphere I have somehow managed to make it on your list of "Friends" with a one sentence post. I was not previously aware of this persons political background or her apparent hate for the Government but am not surprised that someone with your intellect and vast knowledge of all subject matter would be totally familiar with all aspects of her life and political persuasion, especially since you know she is a Republican. Just for kicks, I did do a search in the Tri-City Hearld and found that the Company she owned had employed up to 150 plus people, most of whom were Union Members. Not sure just what it was that tripped your trigger but am guessing it was my reference to honest Al. So now that you have taken your port side shot across the bow, I don't want to burst your bubble, but as your implied Friend, I do want you to know that I frankly do not give a crap what political party she may or may not belong to, what she did was wrong and she would eventually be caught. That was my only point, and I agree with Bigdog's comments. So...Thanks for enlightening me!

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writewinger 1 month, 3 weeks ago on Burbank woman convicted of $2.6 million tax fraud

It always amazes me that someone thinks they can get away with something like this...Who does she think she is...Al Sharpton?

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writewinger 2 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Publishing photo of ducks being fed questioned

When our Grandson was a young boy, he and his Grandmother used to very much enjoy feeding bread to the ducks at the pond near Division St. and were totally unaware doing so might cause a problem. Then the Parks Department posted signs asking the ducks no longer be feed so they discontinued doing so. I believe this was even posted in the U-B at the time. I drove to the park today and see there is a large sign erected near the main pond that clearly shows "Please Do Not Feed The Ducks". Am sure Ms. Moulton can adequately represent her position on this without need for others support, but what I got from her letter is that she feels the U-B should not be publicly showing pictures of people doing things that they best not be and by doing so just encourages others to do the same. I must agree with her. I can recall the U-B showing pictures of people walking and hunting on railroad tracks, skateboarding and riding bicycles on sidewalks, etc., which are not only dangerous, they are illegal. They should really not publish pictures of this type even though they may be considered...Fun! I'm not necessarily overly concerned about the ducks, but feel I do get the point Ms. Moulton was making and in my opinion she's right!

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writewinger 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Letter - Walla Walla designed proposed pool

While I do not live in the Walla Walla City Limits and am unable to vote on the pool proposal one way or the other, I do find it a little disingenuous when I read of the strong support for this project by those who will not be affected monetarily. I think there may have been a misunderstanding by some as to just whom will be paying for this pool if it passes. I can't be sure but presume this article was written by the same Shawn Reser who is the Secretary of the Walla Walla Swim Club and lives far outside the City limits and cannot vote on this. The Director of the Parks and Recreation Department who leads the City position and decision making on this proposal as well as other facilities that have been in question like the Pioneer Park Aviary, etc., just happens to live in College Place so no tax affect on his property. I was also disappointed to read the article a couple weeks ago by Larry Siegel in which he encouraged seniors who are eligible for the senior tax exemption to vote in favor of this proposal at the expense of others. I presume he is the same person who has been the legal counsel for the Senior Center and am quite sure he has been and is well aware of any and all tax exemptions and loop holes for seniors and others available today. For him to give that type public advice just seems inappropriate to me as it could certainly have a major negative impact on other seniors, many of whom may be borderline eligible. I would presume a very large percentage of the voting block in the City are Seniors. Keep on taxing them until they are all eligible for an exemption! It will force others to share their wealth. Sounds Fair and Balanced! It appears this proposal has strong support from many in the Whitman College Community as well as some others whom won't miss only a few more bucks a month. I would venture to say there are few kids or adults in the area who have not been able to learn to swim if they wanted to because there was no Memorial Pool. There are other places like the YMCA, etc. Would it be nice for the kids to have a new outdoor pool for a few months use? Yes! Do they really Need one? Probably Not! Bottom Line...The City should have maintained and never allowed the existing pool to close as it would probably have been much less expensive in the long run. If you can't vote on this proposal, your opinion shouldn't hold much weight...Just Like Mine!

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writewinger 3 months, 1 week ago on Letter - Ten-year-old looks forward to local pool

A well written expression of feelings from a 10 year old. She is very fortunate to live close enough to be able to walk to the pool if approved. I find it interesting too that she has the same last name as the individual who heads up the Pool Committee. Quite a coincidence.

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writewinger 6 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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