Electin letter: Ask candidates about

September 2, 2013 

Question for the candidates

In just a few months we will elect a state senator from the 8th Legislative District. In his or her first term, the successful candidate will confront a single issue that surpasses all others in long-term impact. That issue is whether this state will join other states in calling for a convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution as provided in Article V of that document. When asked in the primary campaign if they would support such a convention, neither candidate responded. Perhaps they would like to respond here in the Tri-City Herald letters to the editor.

For those that are unaware of the issue I suggest a very interesting and educational read. It is titled The Liberty Amendments, Restoring the American Republic by Mark R. Levin. It should be available in local libraries as well as most bookstores.

DON LARSON

West Richland

KGH board: Briggs

I have known and worked with Wanda Briggs for more than 25 years. While a journalist she adhered to high standards of professionalism, fair-mindedness and made a great effort to listen to all points of view. She pursued the concerns of Tri-Citians with a fierce determination to provide the facts that her fellow Tri-Citians needed.

Since becoming a KGH Board member nearly 15 years ago she has continued to listen, learn and lead and to invest long hours in order to improve the facilities, providers and care provided at Kennewick General Hospital. Her track record speaks for itself.

I recommend that she be retained on the KGH Board.

H. MATT SMITH

Kennewick

Use the U.N.

Please urge President Obama to respond to the war crimes in Syria through the lawful channels of the United Nations and the International Criminal Court.

We should also use this as an occasion to propose the strengthening of the ability of the United Nations to respond by eliminating the veto power of permanent members of the Security Council, which often delays effective international peacekeeping action.

Further unilateral military action by the United States outside international legal channels would be the greatest crime of all.

DANIEL N. CLARK

Walla Walla

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