Letters to the Editor

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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: 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.

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Letter: Stroe is a leader

I am the head men’s basketball coach at Whitman College. Our program stands for character, integrity, community service, servant leadership, common sense, and fostering leaders who will depart Whitman to make a positive difference in our world. In part, I have just described Matt Stroe. I have known Matt Stroe for six years. I have witnessed firsthand, all the traits and actions listed above from his service to our college.

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Letter: Ki-Be school board confusing

Benton City, I am confused, and you should be also. The school district claims that the education of our students is of paramount importance, and yet they continue to disrespect and undervalue those tasked with the responsibility of teaching those students.

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I-1639 a specter

There is a specter haunting the State of Washington. It is in the form of Initiative 1639. It is an attack on the Second and the 14th Amendments of the Constitution of The United States. If enough signatures are obtained it will go to the Legislature and if they take no action, then the Initiative will be on the ballot in November 2019. I-1639 starts out as a solution to gun violence and “for the children,” but focus on the gun part does not go after the violence part. I-1639 changes the definition of “assault rifle” to include any rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a fired cartridge to operate the weapon. That means any 22 or larger caliber rifle that fires each time the trigger is pulled will be an assault rifle by definition. In addition, I-1639 provides a requirement for safe storage of firearms, complete with felony or gross misdemeanor penalties for violations. Also, even though federal regulations require trigger locks to be provided with the purchase of any firearm, they will not qualify as suitable storage as defined by I-1639. Washington voters should not be fooled into thinking Initiative I-1639 is the solution to any kind of safety problem.

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More comparisons

Evan Meacham’s June 20 letter titled “Presidential parable?” is more than a little off the mark, and a shameful attempt to compare Trump to Lincoln. First off a parable is described as “a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson,” neither of which Donald Trump could articulate if his life depended on it.

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Tweets erred

On Monday, June 18, our president tweeted, "The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!" On Tuesday, June 19, he tweeted, "Crime in Germany is up 10 percent plus (officials do not want to report these crimes) since migrants were accepted."

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Letter: Separating children

Dawn Henderson's letter about the legality of persons attempting to enter our country with young children brings up a conveniently avoided truth about the sadness of separating kids from their parents at the border. Parents who break the law are very likely to be separated from their children.

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County opioid suit interesting news

How interesting! Franklin County is suing the drug companies for opioid abuse. Isn't this the same county that authorized a free needle exchange for druggies back in March? Seems a little hypocritical doesn't' it? Gosh, maybe Franklin County is taking lessons from our illustrious Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Or maybe the influence of Seattle's City Council is rubbing off. Maybe Franklin and Benton counties are not facing the real problem of "sanctuary cities/counties" as being the primary contributor to the region‘s drug problems.

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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!

Idaho street gang members arrested on drug trafficking and other charges

A federal grand jury has indicted 13 people — including members of the Aryan Knights and Severely Violent Criminals gangs — for drug distribution, conspiracy, unlawful possession of firearms and other crimes.