Opinion / Letters to the editor

Letter - Federal law can’t violate laws of nature

Ruralite magazine of September 2014 published by Columbia REA, a local power company, contains the following nonsense statement:

Letter - Lack of leadership, accountability at Sheriff’s Office

It is painfully apparent there is a fundamental lack of leadership at the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office.

Letter - ‘Local-only union’ better option for WW Schools

In their periodic collective bargaining sessions, our School Board members and the Walla Walla Valley Education Association determine the quality of our schools, the services to be offered for children and the priorities for levies funded by local taxpayers. Typically, the union works to reduce accountability, increase costs and control service levels.

Letter - Current sheriff has priorities backward

I learned recently the Sheriff’s Office annual budget has increased by a half a million dollars during the current sheriff’s term.

Letter - The rumor mill churns out fodder for thought

The rumor mill is running at full speed.

Letter - If deputy doesn’t like 12-hour shifts — quit

Responding to Chris Blackman’s letter to the editor. It is appalling her husband has to work in such barbaric conditions at the Sheriff’s Office — 12-hour shifts, how cruel. Oh wait, my daughter is a registered nurse and works 12-hour shifts up to four days in a row depending on the schedule. No complaints there.

Letter - Sheriff John Turner is a terrific asset

I support John Turner’s re-election. John has done an outstanding job in his four years of being sheriff.

Letter - Voters can hear candidates at Wednesday’s forum

Exercise your right and responsibility to be an informed voter. Local citizens will have the opportunity to question the legislative and policy views of candidates running for local and state positions and for Congress by attending the Candidates Forum on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Walla Walla Community College Conference Center, Room 185.

Letter - McMorris Rodgers out of touch; vote Pakootas

On Sept. 9, the House of Representatives voted on and passed HR 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. This bill serves to limit the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ability to undertake a rule clarifying which of our national waters are protected from increased risks of pollution and destruction.

Letter - Is there anything really new with current VA medical-care scandal?

There is an old saying — the more things change, the more things remain the same. In this instance, I’m referring to the recent and continuing scandal about the Department of Veterans Affairs treatment of its patients. The following is excerpted (due to length) from a newspaper editorial I recently discovered.