Prayer, abortion, CRT among Tri-City Herald letter topics


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Tip: Honor the 7-pointed star

As a staunch supporter of the seven-pointed star, made famous by Game of Thrones, I am thrilled to see local city council members embracing the power of prayer honoring God(s) before meetings. I look forward to being able to praise the power and wisdom of the Mother when making practical decisions for the city. I mean, it’s not like they favor one religion over another, is it?

Ray Gilmore, Richland

Spread the feeling of the sunflower

There are sunflowers everywhere this year, in stores and gardens, featured in paintings and printed on T-shirts and tote bags. Some businesses and non-profit organizations use the proceeds from the sale of these products for humanitarian efforts. But do Ukrainians realize that people here are thinking of them? I think the media, starting with you, should publish stories and photos to somehow get the word out that individuals are on their side, not wanting to start a nuclear war.

I can tell you where some of the best examples of sunflowers are.

Judith Loomis, Richland

Writer: take off the pink glasses

In her derisive letter to the editor, Melissa Mooney argues that state authority over choosing a woman with her body is not misogyny (definition: contempt or prejudice toward women). Giving the state the power to decide on a woman’s medical procedures is the definition of misogyny and government excess. I don’t see any legislation requiring a man to have a vasectomy.

And of course, Ms. Mooney cites not having sex or using birth control as a surefire way to keep her pregnant and avoid all the fuss. It conveniently omits victims of sexual predators, rape, incest, abusive partners who don’t allow their partners to use birth control, poor women who can’t afford it and don’t know where the ‘obtain.

Aren’t you happy, Mrs. Mooney, to have the privilege of speaking from your high tower and throwing stones at those you consider lesser? If you want a fuller picture of our society, maybe you should volunteer at a women’s crisis center, pregnancy center, or suicide prevention hotline and take off those narrow, pink glasses.

Sara Watson, Richland

Attend the council; it will impress you

I urge all citizens of Kennewick to attend City Council meetings. They are every other Tuesday. start at 6:30 a.m. and usually last an hour. You will be impressed by our elected leaders. They welcome your comments.

Ira JohnsonKennewick

Spend public transit money wisely

The Ben Franklin Transit Board said funding the transit system is a moral obligation. I understand that providing public transportation can be considered a morally appropriate thing to do. On the other side of the coin, the Transit Commission has a moral obligation to ensure that BF Transit is not another taxpayer-funded government boondoggle plagued by inefficiency, bad decisions ( hey, it’s public money, just spend it), and top-heavy with bureaucratic administrators.

Mike DoengesKennewick

Support the national evening

National Night Out is an annual campaign that promotes police-community partnerships. National Night Out improves the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a real sense of community. Through neighborhood camaraderie, we can make our neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live. Plus, it provides a great opportunity to bring the police and neighbors together in positive circumstances. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out in thousands of communities in all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases around the world on the first Tuesday in August.

For more information on how your neighborhood can get involved, please visit your city’s police department’s Facebook page or website. Also be sure to visit the Support, Advocacy & Resource Center (SARC) website, Facebook and Instagram pages for more information on crime prevention and advocacy services available in our community.

Yolanda Stohel, Richland

CRT not taught in KSD schools

Washington State – proud homeland of respectful, responsible, educated and independent thinkers. The Kennewicks School Board‘s ban on the alleged teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in its schools and the banning of books they deem dangerous is disturbing and ignorant.

The CRT, a theory of discussion at the Masters/PhD level, does not promote anti-Americanism, despise white people, promote the ideals of radical leftism, indoctrinate children or feel guilty because of America’s history of racism, inequality, slavery and/or race. bias. It is not taught in our public K-12 schools.

The CRT debates the relationship between social structure and professed ideals such as the rule of law and equal protection. It is imperative that children learn to fully understand the foundations on which this nation was created. If you are unaware of the mistakes made in 246 years of American history, you are bound to repeat them.

Don’t group Washington with the Texas pinheads. For your information, I’ve gifted Captain Underpants, Amelia Bedelia, and Harry Potter books and none of those kids have been seen on January 6th Uprising videos, America’s Most Wanted or seen their faces on cartons of milk. Seriously? Do you have nothing more constructive to do with your time in this elected position?

Linda Parish, Kennewick

Apply the law to more than the “little people”

Under your July 27 front page photo to accompany the story, “What comes next for the January 6 inquest,” 855 people have been arrested for storming the Capitol. Which is, if you support a democracy and believe that the US Constitution is the legal backbone of this country, commendable.

Sadly, the hydra-headed criminals who urged these people to hang the vice president, bludgeon and kill police officers, ransack rooms, have yet to be brought to justice.

Trump, Guiliani, … Meadows, McCarthy, Flynn, Bannon, Eastman, Clarke and several others I believe have committed treason and should be held accountable and in court with this charge.

Years ago, Jimmy Breslin, a journalist, wrote a novel called “The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.” The aforementioned fools sort of follow in the same vein, but if Breslin were alive today, he might refer to his forthcoming book as “The Bungles Who Couldn’t Forehand”.

Failure to indict this klutzy cabal would only serve to remind the public that the laws are, to borrow from the real Cruella de Vil, Leona Helmsley, “for the common people.”

Bink Owen Walla Walla

Why natural gas is such a hot topic

As reported on April 26, the Washington State Building Code Council recently revised codes to require new commercial buildings to primarily use heat pumps rather than natural gas to heat air and water. It will likely enforce similar code revisions for new homes and may also restrict the use of gas in stoves and fireplaces.

Some people, like AJ Fouts in his April 28 letter, will object to this loss of choice, which is driven by the Climate Commitment Act passed by the Washington State Legislature.

But consider the benefits! First, with our cheap electricity, heating with heat pumps costs less than heating with natural gas. Heat pumps cost about the same as gas furnaces to install, but can cool as well as heat a building. Induction stoves can heat up as fast as natural gas.

Second, gas furnaces, stoves and fireplaces emit PM2.5 particles, NO2 and carbon monoxide, toxins that greatly increase the risk of asthma.

Third, leaks and releases during the extraction and distribution of natural gas are a major source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. This is the main reason why the Climate Commitment Act limits the future use of natural gas.

Steven Ghan, Richmond

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