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Christmas Stockings Delivered to Children in Waitsburg

Dear Editor, On Saturday, Dec. 1, with the Columbia County-Walla Walla County Fire District 2 volunteers and community members, the Waitsburg Resource Center, for the second year, was able to deliver Christmas stockings to children in the City of...

 

'Will of the People' Should be Followed

Dear Editor, Just read on page 3 of the 12/5/18 Union Bulletin that after five years of controversy, the “Yakima City Council voted unanimously to follow the will of the people . . .” regarding a project. How many years has the discussion of the...

 

Good Economic News Sprinkled with Caution

By Don C. Brunell The good news is Washington’s revenues continue to grow and projections for the next couple of years appear promising. That is welcome news, but it is sprinkled with caution about introducing new taxes. Our state’s Economic and...

 

Land Needed for Community Garden

Dear Editor, I’m part of a group looking into the possibility of establishing a community garden in Waitsburg. Our vision is for an accessible gathering place where people of all ages can come together and enjoy this activity. Right now, the...

 

Columbia County Tax Rates: How We All Benefit from New Business

By Jennie Dickinson, Executive Director, Port of Columbia At a recent public hearing regarding a conditional use permit for a proposed new business locating in Columbia County, two themes kept coming...

 

Reducing Wildfire Risk Imperative

By Don C. Brunell While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. As our population grows, they are a greater threat to communities adjacent to wildlands. This year, with nearly 4.8 million acres already burned in the U.S. and...

 

Mayor's Budget Message

To: Citizens of Dayton It is that time of the year to present you with the 2019 Budget for the City of Dayton. 2018 went by so fast that I really have to sit and think what we did this past year. Our theme for 2018 was “Building Infrastructure,...

 

In Appreciation

A special thank you to the many friends of John Stellwagen. Our family wishes to thank you for your prayers, your many visits, and your many thoughtful and generous acts of kindness during his illness. John dearly loved this community. Our heartfelt...

 

Gettysburg Address

One hundred fifty-five years ago, on Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short address at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It became one of the most renowned speeches in American history. In just 271...

 

Fall Update from the City of Waitsburg

With colder temperatures and leaves starting to fall, I thought I would provide residents with some information regarding fall activities associated with the city. First, there has been a Washington State Department of Ecology burn ban in effect...

 

Portland Shipyard Building Wave of the Future

By Don C. Brunell Shipyard workers in Portland are building the first commercial-scale wave energy buoy which, if it works, could be part of a system providing electricity to communities along our nation’s coastline. Vigor’s shipyard has a $6.5...

 

Support Urged for Chuck Amerein

Dear Editor, I am urging you to support Chuck Amerein for Columbia county commissioner. He will be a fresh new face in our county government. While experience is helpful, change is good too. I think we need Chuck. He has many qualities that will mak...

 

Crider is Best Qualified for Sheriff

Dear Editor, This current race for Sheriff has been contentious. Not necessarily between the two candidates, but amongst their supporters. Some of the more troubling attacks I’ve seen revolve around the support the deputies have shown for Mark...

 

Thank you, Matthew Stroe

Dear Editor, As the election is winding down, I would like to personally thank Matt. Being Matt’s pastor, I have had the honor to sit front row to this process from beginning to end with the family. I will always remember the conversation that we...

 

Support Urged for Shochet

Dear Editor, I am writing to urge you to support Cathy Loftus Shochet for Columbia County Treasurer. Cathy has all the necessary experience to be the next Treasurer. She has been the Chief Deputy Treasurer for 3 years which makes her extremely well...

 

Support Urged for Crider

Dear Editor, As the race for Walla Walla County Sheriff continues, I keep seeing and hearing how the Sheriff’s Office needs to go back to the way it was. Why would some of the citizens of Walla Walla County want the operations of the Sheriff’s...

 

I Endorse Dain Nysoe with No Reservations

Dear Editor, Awesome! I’m writing today to encourage you to support my nephew Dain Nysoe for Columbia County commissioner. Yesterday I was driving around and ended up at the ranch, the home where I grew up. It’s so beautiful here! Everywhere you...

 

For Love of Community, Vote for Brown

Dear Editor, I personally know three people, owners of businesses on Dayton’s Main Street, who left them—closed them or otherwise got out—to take jobs with public agencies that offered benefits that included health insurance. I also know three...

 

Support Urged for Nysoe

Dear Editor, At the AAUW Candidates Forum in Dayton, both of the Columbia County Commissioner candidates appeared to be intelligent, conscientious and likeable citizens. The obvious and most important difference, however, was their level of administr...

 

Crider is Clear Choice

Dear Editor, In these last few days before Election Day I’ve been thinking about respect. In a recent letter to the Union-Bulletin editor a man wrote that he didn’t think being a fighter pilot would make Mark Crider a better sheriff. Crider serve...

 

Why I Support Mark Crider

Dear Editor, I support Mark Crider for Walla Walla County Sheriff. I was born in Mexico and came to the United States in 1990 at the age of 10. I have lived in Walla Walla since 1992 and attended Walla Walla public schools; graduating in 1999 from...

 

Wives Support Crider

Dear Editor, For over two decades, I have watched my husband come home shift after shift, proud of the work he does as a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s deputy. I take seriously his career decisions because they affect his life in a way few outside...

 

Please Support Stroe for Sheriff

Dear Editor, This election year we do not have an incumbent running for County Sheriff. This means that we have an open seat race, and that equates into an opportunity for the citizens of Walla Walla County. It means that it is an opportune time to...

 

Support Urged for Francik

Dear Editor, Sixteenth Legislative District Candidate Rebecca Francik, teacher and librarian, served on Pasco City Council: 1996-2017. She was: Mayor Pro Tem for more than 10 years; elected to the City Council five times as a nonpartisan. As a city...

 

Support Dain Nysoe

Dear Editor, In the present political climate, it is easy to become partisan and blindly vote for our chosen party. However, the work of a county commissioner is not driven by partisan ideology. Instead, professional experience, expertise, and the...

 

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