Letters to the Editor

What emergency?

I watched on the July 23 that our governor declared emergency in 16 Washington counties and two of the counties are Benton and Franklin. She claims that a series of storms that started July 13 have caused power outages, fuel shortages and road closures that threaten some at-risk populations. Am I missing something here? Did Benton and Franklin counties have power outages, fuel shortages and road closures that threatened our population?

I did hear that Highway 14 was closed for about a day from flooding and traffic was diverted to the Oregon side of Interstate-84 but I did not hear about a single event in Benton or Franklin county that caused enough damage for our state to break into these emergency funds or use these resources.

Also, our Washington state military is involved. Can someone explain this to me or is this just a way to tap into money that our governor thinks needs to be spent/wasted? What if something really extreme happens?

MARK WARD, Richland

Want fries with that?

I haven't eaten at Chick-fil-A, so I was just recently made aware that they perform weddings in addition to serving food. Apparently, gay couples are being discriminated against in favor of all of the straight people who wish to exchange vows over a chicken dinner.

If only Chick-fil-A didn't actually discriminate against its patrons. If only they didn't force their employees to confirm the sexual orientation of each customer prior to taking an order. If only the owners of Chick-fil-A had merely expressed a personal view on a hot-button issue, rather than instituting policies throughout their restaurants to turn gays away at the door and to ban gay weddings under Chick-fil-A's roof. If only Chick-fil-A hadn't surpassed Walt Disney World as the straight wedding location of choice.

Don't worry, Disney. The First Amendment is taking a back seat on this one. With the zoning shenanigans and other politics obstructing new Chick-fil-A restaurants, you'll soon be back on top.

NATHAN DIRKMAAT

Pasco

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