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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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Letters: Small is right for Benton County

Shon Small is the best candidate for Benton County commissioner. Shon has worked hard to represent all of Benton County and has the best interests of all of our communities in mind. Shon supports agriculture and economic development and has worked hard to fight drugs, gangs and to reduce crime. Please join me in voting for Shon Small for Benton County commissioner.

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Letter: Jenkin, Klippert best choice for us

Recently, the Tri-City Herald opted to endorse two little-known candidates with no legislative experience to represent us in Olympia for the next two years. The reasoning was not because Jenkin and Klippert are ineffective or don’t advocate for our needs/values but because the incumbents voted “yes” on a particular bill last year.

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Letter: GOP’s deficit will balloon by 2028

The Republican Party is well known for advocating a balanced federal budget. Last year, however, the Republicans enacted tax reform that is projected to increase the deficit. The Congressional Budget Office projects that under the new tax law, the deficit will increase from $804 billion in 2018 to $1.5 trillion in 2028 with the national debt reaching $25.7 trillion by 2028. This is a staggering total.

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Letter: Tracy good fit for Eighth District

Christopher Tracy is running for state representative, District 8, Position 2. Chris brings experiences that would benefit our community. He had a career seeing that students get a safe education that will prepare them for the future. He is not just dedicated to the welfare of our students, but he wants to ensure that we provide a living wage that will attract quality personnel.

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Letter: Thanks to coroner for such good care

Thank you, Benton County Coroner’s Office and Einan’s Funeral Home for taking good care of my ex husband’s remains. We had lost contact with him over 15 years ago, and despite his sister and I looking for him, we could never find him. By chance, I checked the coroner’s website and found his name listed as ashes unclaimed. He has now been claimed. Our search has now ended and even though this is not the outcome we were hoping for, we no longer need to wonder if he is cold, hungry or if he was still alive. Thank you for caring for him until he could be returned to his family.

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Letter: Raebel right pick for Benton County

As you look over your ballot in the upcoming weeks, please take a moment to consider casting your vote for Jamie Raebel as the Benton County coroner. I have personally known Jamie for 25 years. He is dedicated to his family and his community. Starting with his law enforcement career in 1981 through the current tenure of detective sergeant, he conducts himself with integrity and decorum. His professionalism and empathy shine through when he communicates with victims’ families. He has the experience needed to handle all deaths in our county with diligence, meticulousness and compassion. In order to make an informed decision, you can find more information on Raebel at Vote411 Voter Guide (https://onyourballot.vote411.org/m/race-detail.do?id=17690571).

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Letter: Hutchinson best for U.S. Senate

Maria Cantwell’s TV ad says drug companies have too much power, and that’s true. She claims she has a solution to higher drug costs, but she is misleading us voters. She doesn’t want us to know she accepts money from drug lobbyists. That must be why she voted to make cheaper drugs from Canada unavailable to people in the U.S. How can she say she helps American families with their medical costs, then sabotage one very practical way to help? It’s about the money – she gets financial benefit from the drug companies, and American families get high-cost medicines.

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Letter: Stick with Leach on election day

As a 31-year veteran of police work, 26 with Kennewick police, I have worked with several outstanding coroners. Homicides in Benton County make up a small percentage of the 500 plus death calls the coroner’s office responds to every year. Police officers also respond to and handle a joint investigation with the coroner’s office on every death where the deceased is not under the direct care of a doctor. That is why you see mostly retired police officers run for the coroner positions. I have been on many of these types of investigations with Bill Leach over the last 5.5 years and have witnessed his professionalism, skill and compassion for the deceased’s loved ones. Bill Leach has also obtained several certifications and training classes in the last five years to further increase his expertise in this specific field. He has not been supervising others doing death investigations, he has been doing the investigations!

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Letter: I-1634 an ounce of prevention

I disagree with the Tri-City Herald on its choices regarding (Rep. Brad) Klippert and (Commissioner Shon) Small but its opinion tossing I-1634 under the bus was a step too far for me. I was always prompted during my working years to perform “Preventive Maintenance” on everything and anything that I would need/use in the future.

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Letter: Raebel best pick for county coroner

I am a new voter in Benton County. Of interest to me is the coroner's race. Under Washington state law, it is the duty of the county coroner to act as sheriff under certain circumstances, to hold an inquest if the coroner suspects the death of a person was unnatural, violent or resulted from unlawful means or from suspicious circumstances, or was of such nature as to indicate the possibility of death was at the hand of the deceased or through the instrumentality of another person.

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