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The Herald welcomes letters on all points of view. Include your address and daytime phone number for verification. Letters should be limited to 200 words and may be edited and republished in any format. All letters become property of the Herald. Letters that defame individuals, ethnic or religious groups, contain significant factual errors or that are in poor taste will not be printed. Letters about election or ballot issues must be received no later than seven days from the deadline for ballots to be returned.

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Letter: Coupon change bites

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.

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Letter: 17 minutes too long

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.

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Letter: The border issue

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.

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Letter: Thanks for great Fourth of July

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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Letter: We are better than our actions show

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!

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Letter: A response to Newhouse article

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.

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Letter: Opposed to plan for campground

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.

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Letter: Corps not right for our river shore

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.

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Letter: Court nominee’s views a concern

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.

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Letter: It’s time to let in more hard workers

The immigration issue casts a shadow over farming in Washington. We endure a dishonest system, which is unfair to farmers, workers and consumers. Farmers need workers, workers need jobs and farm work is hard and draws hard-working immigrants, legal and otherwise. Our food is grown and picked with help from illegals.

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Letter: New farm bill harms safety net

In a recent letter, Congressman Newhouse touts the House-passed Farm Bill, HR 2, claiming that it, “bolsters the farm safety net.” That’s just an outright lie. According to Politico (6/21/18), the House farm bill would tighten eligibility criteria under SNAP — changes that would result in some 400,000 households losing SNAP benefits. Thousands of children would also risk losing their enrollment in free and reduced-price school meal programs.

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Letter: End smoking in Richland parks

I cannot think of anything more relaxing and enjoyable than spending time during the summer in one of our fantastic and picturesque Richland city parks. I love the majestic scenery of the Columbia River, seeing families walking and playing under majestic shade trees and listening to concerts at our new Hapo Community Stage. We are blessed to live in this gorgeous place.

Thai soccer team rescued from cave speaks for first time since ordeal

Members of a Thai youth soccer team, who were trapped in a flooded cave for more than a week, held a news conference on Wednesday before they were set to return to their homes. It was the boys' first opportunity to speak directly to the media.