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Sheriff Turner Endorses Crider

Dear Editor, As this season unfolds, I unfortunately hear more and more inaccurate information about the candidates for Sheriff. Due to this, I feel compelled to share with our community, so they may make an informed choice. Mr. Stroe was hired as a... Full story

 

Crider is Best Choice for Sheriff

Dear Editor, I support Mark Crider for Sheriff. Mark is not your average administrator. One of the first interactions I had working with Mark Crider in the field was while responding to a drunk driver, who had attempted to flee into Oregon from... Full story

 

Crider is the Man Needed for Sheriff

Dear Editor Walla Walla and law enforcement are in my blood. My uncle, Arthur Klundt, was Sheriff of Walla Walla County in the 1960s and 1970s. My cousin, Kenneth “Buzz” Klundt, was Sheriff in the early 1980s. They inspired me to pursue a career...

 

Experience Over Origin for WW Co. Sheriff

Dear Editor, “He’s not from here.” “He didn’t go to Wa-Hi.” “He doesn’t even have a 509-area code.” “I don’t know him, so I’m not voting for him.” These are all comments I’ve seen on social media or heard in public sphere...

 

Mark Crider is Best Candidate for Sheriff

Dear Editor, I’ll be the first to admit it. When Mark Crider first stepped into the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office last Fall to interview for the position of Chief Criminal Deputy, I was skeptical. Who was this FBI agent from the Spokane Fie...

 

Crider Will Support His Deputies as Sheriff

Dear Editor, Two years ago, Sheriff Turner approached me and asked me a question about the next new hire. His question to me was “would you trust this guy in a gun fight; would he stand by you or run?” Little did I know he asked the deputies the...

 

My Boy Scout Story

(Editor’s note: We received this letter this week from a young reader with a special connection to Waitsburg, and we are very pleased to publish his letter.) Dear Mr. Graham, My name is Sean William Stonecipher Sollars and I’m in the 6th grade....

 

Vote Stroe for Walla Walla County Sheriff

Dear Editor, Matthew J Stroe is one of my favorite people. He and his wife, Elizabeth, share the same family values my wife, Jessica, and I do. His devotion to service and community in Walla Walla County is unparalleled. Wherever and whenever he is...

 

Matt Stroe is Best Choice for Sheriff

Dear Editor, In my ministry, I’ve always tried to stay out of politics and publicly voicing my personal political inclinations. Why? Because I feel that my main job is to bring people together and to share the love of Jesus. The political arena...

 

Supporting Matt Stroe for Sheriff

Dear Editor, I’m writing to express my ardent support for Matt Stroe as a candidate for sheriff of Walla Walla County. I met Matt as a student at Whitman College while working for the Security Department in a work study position. Matt is an...

 

Long-Term Benefits Outweigh Short-Term Sacrifice

By Jennie Dickinson and Kathryn Witherington, Port of Columbia One of the significant advantages of having new industries invest in a community is the potential of an increased tax base. In Columbia County, we have already seen the effects of this...

 

Washington's Expensive Culvert Court Case

By Don C. Brunell Editor’s Note: The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday, after this column was written, that it had deadlocked 4-4 (with Justice Kennedy abstaining) on the Washington culvert case, and therefore the lower court ruling will stand. W...

 

Straw Pulp Looks Like 'Win Win'

By Don C. Brunell Editor’s Note: Don Brunell is a regional business columnist who works out of Vancouver, Wash. This column will appear in newspapers throughout the state this week. Here’s a switch! Rather than closing another pulp and paper...

 

Grandstands Upgrades Not the Best Use of Fairgrounds Funding

Submitted by the Waitsburg Commercial Club Executive Board The Waitsburg Commercial Club regards the Waitsburg Fairgrounds as an integral part of our event venue inventory to bring visitors and commerce to Waitsburg. It is important to start...

 

Actions During Parade Regretted

Dear Editor, I apologize to the community for showing off doing wheelies with my old Ford Tractor in Saturday’s Waitsburg Parade, May 19th. A dumb, selfish thing to do and a bad example for the youth. Thinking about it later if an accident had...

 

Place Time Limit on Grandstands Fundraising

Dear Editor, I believe most would agree the discussion of the fate of the Waitsburg Fairgrounds Grandstands has been going on for too many years. Differing views by members of the latest Grandstand Committee regarding public support for the...

 

Do you have Stigma?

Dear Editor, There is a virus spreading across America. It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. In some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking...

 

Spring Cleanup News

With spring finally arriving, I want to remind everyone of some items associated with wet and warmer weather. First, grass and weeds are not allowed to exceed five inches in height in Waitsburg, so please keep your lot(s) mowed and/or sprayed....

 

Survey Helps Direct Education Funding

Dear Editor, I want to share an opportunity for Dayton Parents and members of the community to help us make decisions about schools in our state. Our state’s lead office for education – the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI),...

 

The Problem with Competition

On April 16, the Columbia County Commissioners voted 2-1 to select the Dayton Chronicle over The Times to be that county’s legal newspaper for 12 months, beginning July 1. (The Times was awarded...

 

Water Meter Replacement Set to Start

With the annual election over and the same city council re-elected to another term, the city of Waitsburg is moving forward with a variety of projects, including water meter replacement and various design and engineering work for future system...

 

Older Americans Month 2018

Dear Editor, Across the country, the “Age Wave” of older Americans are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection, sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, enriching their communities. They’re...

 

Extraordinary Contributions Will Benefit Dayton

Dear Editor, In February of this year, 2018, an extraordinary thing occurred to benefit our dear town. By extraordinary, I mean something that doesn’t happen every day or even every year. Michael Haight and Cathy Lee-Haight decided to make some...

 

Land Use that Degrades Land Should Be Disallowed

Dear Editor, Regarding the proposed water bottling plant, the commission looks at this decision as a “Land Use Issue” which I understand. In that regard here are points they need to consider: Use of the land is important, although the commission...

 

Collaboration Key to Solving Behavioral Health Problems

It takes coordination and engagement on many levels when addressing behavioral health issues, and more so when delivering mental health services to persons who have the potential for violence. A recen...

 

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