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Letter: Vote Dan Mildon

Dan Mildon is running for state representative in the 16th District, Position 2, which includes much of Pasco, Benton City, Prosser, Walla Walla, some of Kennewick, and outer rural areas. I’ve known Dan for about 35 years. I have in recent years served with him on two different boards of directors. Dan has a wonderful family and has always been a servant leader, very dedicated, honest, fair, knowledgeable, well reasoned, and a very thoughtful gentleman. Dan is a true common-sense conservative Republican who would do an outstanding job if elected.

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Letter: John Wayne Trail giveaway bungled

In 2015, two members from Washington’s Ninth Legislative District covertly inserted a provision in the capital budget bill to give away half of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail to adjacent landowners. Their motive in doing so is murky, but their furtiveness perhaps provides a clue. Fortunately for Washingtonians, they made a mistake which rendered the provision inoperative. Instead of specifying that the giveaway extend from “the Columbia River to Malden”, their hastily concocted provision read “from the Columbia River to the Columbia River.” Oops!

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Letter: Vote Shir Regev

My friend Shir Regev is running for State Representative here in the 8th Legislative District (part of Benton County). She is a Kamiakin High School graduate, a veteran, a Hanford worker, a former Peace Corps volunteer, and a Boston Marathon Bombing survivor. She is active in community events and continues to organize and volunteer at these events. These experiences have reinforced her natural pragmatic approach to addressing issues in her life and in her community. She is well positioned to be a powerful advocate for all in our community, not just the privileged or the organized and loud. I hope that you will join me to vote, donate and volunteer to help Shir get elected as our next representative in Olympia!

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Letter: Letter is missing a key difference

My friend, Richard Badalamente, omitted an important fact in his opinion letter, “U.S. need to be compassionate.” Richard eloquently describes the struggles of his grandmother and family’s immigration to the U.S. from Italy. My grandparents’ immigration from Sweden only a few years earlier tells a similar story.

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Letter: Was it to update marching orders?

Wow! I don’t know any way to understand President Trump’s comments at the post-summit news conference except as a defacto admission he is not only in awe of Vladimir Putin but also totally owned by Putin. That makes Trump an American Kim Philby, except Philby was motivated by an inexplicable belief that communism was superior to democracy, while Trump’s motivation is most likely money. What a coup for Putin/Russia.

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Letter: McMorris strategy isn’t working

I heard Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, R-Wash., doing a political ad and I thought it was against Sen. Patty Murray when she mentioned “being a Mom,” and helping our veterans, but learned it was (McMorris opponent) Lisa Brown. I saw then that she was following the same strategy as Trump - make your opponent look bad, thinking that makes you look better!

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Letter: Rep. Waters not his cup of tea

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is a dangerous hatemonger who supports shouting down anyone supporting President Trump’s platform. Her out of control tirades have the potential for creating riots and bodily injury. As many educated persons have suggested, blacks such as Maxine are blacks’ own worst enemies. Be aware that Maxine has a history of ranting for obtuse causes.

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Letter: More of this writer

It was of interest to see Allen Johnson is back in the Herald in Sunday’s paper. Since traveling to and moving to Kennewick, I enjoyed his drivel. He helps raise my blood pressure. Definitely one of the more entertaining columnists in the local paper contrasting with all the syndicated hacks from New York City.

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Letter: Speed limits not what you think

We have all seen the Washington state speed limit signs, speed limit 70 mph trucks 60 mph. I have often wondered about the Washington State speed limit for trucks. What is the size limit that causes a truck to fall under the freeway speed limit of 60 mph? I have asked and nobody seems to know (including professional drivers). So I turned to the Washington State Patrol website and found answers that really surprised me.

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Letter: Our democracy is threatened

The Constitution embodies the doctrine of the separation of powers. We have three separate co-equal branches of government: the legislative (Congress), the executive (president), and the judicial (Supreme Court and other federal courts). To maintain the balance of power each branch provides oversight of the other two branches. This balance is ultimately influenced by the voters who elect members of Congress and a president.

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Letter: Michael Killian for county clerk

It is my belief that Michael Killian is the best candidate for the position of Franklin County Clerk. Mike has managed the Franklin County Clerk’s Office in a highly professional manner. He is trustworthy, reliable and has the credibility needed to fulfill his constitutional oath.

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Letter: Baby coyote vs. baby immigrants

I read the news article about the baby coyote. It was a heartwarming, “feel good” story. How this baby coyote became separated from his mother one will never know. He was left to fend for himself and at the mercy of others. Then it was followed up with the news that the baby coyote was drowned! (Then came) the news about the children being “forcibly” separated from their parents at the Texas-Mexico border, children of all ages, some as young as eight months old.

Vetoes and how the Legislature can override them

Joe Fain, a Republican state senator from King County, breaks down how Washington's veto process differs from Congress and the historical fate of bills that have come up against the governor's red pen.