William Quinn (July 11 letter to editor) should reread the “so-called article” about health insurance marketplaces “by Deep Banerjee” (July 5 Depth page) before wildly accusing the Herald of entering “the fake news zone.”
Like many in the community, I’m an avid treasure hunter and a frequent visitor to the Goodwill stores in the area. I’ve donated thousands of dollars of my belongings to these stores, and I’ve always appreciated the $5 coupon they gave me to use on the occasion when I would spend $25 in the store.
Thank you, West Richland and the Tri-Cities, for such a wonderful Fourth of July! Our family loves the beautiful, patriotic widespread outdoor party. Our daughter remarked that it is one of the only holidays where the whole community comes outside to share in celebration, young and old alike, as hundreds of fireworks fill the skies for hours. It was a wonderful night. Well done Tri-Cities!
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Seventeen minutes is too long to wait in an emergency! When your loved one needs an ambulance or your house on fire, even five minutes feels like an eternity. Benton County Fire Protection District #4 (BCFD4) covers 52 sq. miles, including our community and members in the westernmost parts of our service area. Currently, it can take almost 17 minutes for an emergency response to a call for help.
I hear so many saying that America has never turned any away, that we are here with open arms to all who have needs and what a shame it is what Trump is doing. I sort of side with Trump because he is doing something; so many politicians in the past have never wanted to address the issue.
I first met Matt Stroe when I was a security officer at Whitman College and he became the new director. When Matt came to Whitman. I had just finished a master’s in teaching and was poised to start my student-teaching at WaHi.
Children as young as three years old, most likely non-English speaking, separated from their families, being forced to appear in legal proceedings against them without their parents. This is a tragedy played out as a farce. It is disheartening to see my country portrayed this way before the eyes of the world. We are better than this!
Looks like Rep. Newhouse (July 2) is taking his cue from the president that it's ok to lie to his constituents and try to blame the Democrats for failing to pass any immigration laws. First of all, the Republicans hold the majority, they couldn't even get their own party to all agree with what they were trying to pass. Second, the Democrats are not included in any of the discussions. His caucus likes to meet behind close doors with party members only. Democrats won't vote yes on something without knowing what is in it, unlike the Republicans who will vote yes on anything put forth for a win, regardless of whether they have read it, like their tax cut passed in December.
Brad Rew, owner of Gale-Rew Construction, dreams of developing a campground on Yakima River floodplain property adjacent to W. E. Johnson Park in Richland. His dream conflicts with the dreams and goals of nearby residents, other citizens, and various organizations to have the proposed campground area preserved as a Natural Open Space as they did for W. E. Johnson Park. The Natural Open Space allows for the preservation of the wildlife, preventing more pollution from going into the Yakima River and maintaining the rural environment.
Tri-Citians appreciate and enjoy what the Columbia River and its vast shorelines mean to our community. However, we have we allowed the Army Corps of Engineers to tend to our shorelines for nearly 70 years, far too long (July 8, Guest Opinion). This large bureaucratic government agency is neither interested nor designed to provide management and maintenance. Its responsibility lies solely with the river levees. Furthermore, the Corps is not funded nor suited for these duties, which has resulted in overgrown, unsafe and inaccessible shorelines.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, believes a sitting president should be temporarily shielded from criminal prosecution while in office, yet he was an assistant to Ken Starr during the Clinton probe involving the Monica Lewinsky affair. Does this not seem to be a direct contradiction to what he believes? After all Clinton was a sitting president. Why does Kavanaugh believe that an investigation would throw the Constitution into a crisis? Seems to me an amoral, sociopathic president is more of a danger to the Constitution.
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.