Letters from the Tri-City Herald to the editor 11/28/2021
The gunfire dismantles our community
I spoke (recently) with a nurse in Kennewick, who after going through COVID-19 and gaining natural immunity was fired from her job at an elderly care facility for refusing to take the vaccine. She loved her job, had served during the pandemic and was now looking for a job paying $ 13 an hour.
It sounds worthy of a full Monty Python skit with some head-hitting boards that we now need to discuss natural immunity, but here we are.
And it’s not just health care workers; we are expelling skilled workers and strong citizens of all kinds from our community. It’s so boring, mindless and heartless. We are dismantling our community. Unless we fight for it.
Ben St. Hilaire, Kennewick
Mascot changes show respect
Washington school mascots and names perceived to be disrespectful will be officially illegal in early 2022, a law Governor Jay Inslee tastefully enacted. Many schools immediately affected by such a change currently hold symbols depicting Native American tribes, such as the Kamiakin High School Braves and the Legacy High School Thunderbirds.
This new legislation has encouraged healthy and productive discussions between school districts and local tribes, an experience that was shared by the Kennewick School District in its latest Facebook post (November 19). The district confirmed its communication with the Yakima Nation and explained that “the tribal council does not believe it is their responsibility to authorize the continued use of the Legacy High School mascot and image.” This neighborhood’s active communication and compliance represent the values ââbehind recent initiatives to eliminate the presence of racism in American politics and communities, including equality, respect and tolerance. Even though the change may seem awkward, it would be worse to continue without showing respect and empathy for the wants and needs of our fellow human beings.
Evelyn Melville, West Richland
The reader resents Klippert
I was looking for an article on the Hanford âStop the Mandateâ workers rally. Instead, I found an article about Brad Klippert choosing not to take the COVID-19 photos. What a disgusting hit. The article clearly attempts to describe it as reckless and dangerous for children.
In fact, Brad is a patriot and a great man. He was a fantastic state legislator. How this article even got printed, let alone the front page headlines, is beyond me. This is the very definition of “Fake News”. This newspaper apparently believed this information to be more important than the article below regarding the red wave sweeping through the Kennewick City Council elections. This is why trust in traditional media is waning and newspapers are dying.
Jeff Van der Pol, Kennewick
Partisanship: we must do better
Representative Paul Gosar was censored by his colleagues for advocating violence. In this era of hyperparty, the vote fell along almost straight party lines.
This meant that our representative from Washington’s 5th District, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, voted with her caucus. It is a shame, because it is not a partisan issue and violence against women is one of the most serious scourges of our time. She would know because of all the pending bills regarding the missing and murdered Indigenous, Black and LGBTQ community. The survivors, friends and loved ones of all these victims relive their pain once again, thanks to actions like those of Mrs. Rodgers and Mr. Gosar.
It is a lost or ignored opportunity. There is less than a year until the next congressional election, and I will remember that day when I finish my ballot. We can and must do better than put partisan gambling above human lives.
Paul Franzmann, Walla Walla
Respect due to first responders
The citizens of Washington State, and especially those who needed the help of law enforcement and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, should now question and be dismayed by our mandate. vaccination certificate, issued by Governor Jay Inslee, whether personnel in these categories comply or be discontinued. Instead of appreciating and respecting everything they do to protect us, his “solution” was to ignore their many years of public service, deciding that their jobs are now expendable.
How is this fair to them, their families and the citizens of our state? They did not hesitate in their help during the time that a vaccine was not yet available, even though they were endangered by COVID-19 as well as by the nature of their work.
Unlike Destiny Kuespert’s letter to the editor on November 11, which stated that the police were on duty for “power and a paycheck,” their actions and dedication suggest otherwise. If she and Governor Inslee are in need of medical attention, assistance due to a car accident, or are the victims of a crime, I hope they could show more consideration, appreciation and respect for the police and the first responders who come to help them.
Bonnie Hallet, Kennewick
Consider if it’s in God’s plan
There is a new struggle to be privileged and white.
Am I ashamed of the color of my skin? God made other different colors. So who is to blame? Me? You? God has a plan that he made just for me. It’s the same plan that He made for you what color to be. It is a shame that people cannot see the light and know that God’s plan is right. He loves us all, no matter what color, no matter how small or large, tall or small.
God wants us to be free from (the) bondage of sin. No more slavery of men. He is the only master. He has all the answers. So stop making fun of the past. It doesn’t come back. You cannot undo it. You can’t change it. You cannot rearrange it. You may be âawakeâ (is that a joke?), But God knows your heart. He wants you to see the light. Are you ready for Him? Will you let him in? You will not regret it. So don’t worry. He will judge the lies when we all die. So get ready, if you dare, to seek God and let him in. In the end, he will win.
Claudia Minnich, Kennewick
More CO2? We’re just gonna turn green
UN Secretary-General AntÃ³nio Guterres has called the findings of the IPCC AR6 August 2021 report a “code red for humanity,” saying we can only avert disaster by taking action within the next two years. month.
Half a century ago, the first UN Environment Director said we only had 10 years left, and the then IPCC chief insisted in 2007 that we only had that five years. At the COP26 climate conference in Scotland last week, Governor Jay Inslee said: âThe actions we take over the next 5 years will determine the fate of our species.
Of course, the premise of these statements is solely based on the results of climate models that have over-predicted CO2 warming for 40 years.
One of the reasons for this, in my opinion, is that the models introduce an equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) parameter independent of the CO2 concentration, thus ignoring the Doppler effect (or similar) in the transport equations. radiation. As the concentration of CO2 increases, the effective radiation absorption rate of CO2 will decrease, thus significantly reducing the calculated warming increase.
Therefore, as atmospheric CO2 increases beyond 400 ppm, there will actually be no catastrophes, no existential threats to the species, just a lot more greening of the planet, which is a good thing. .
Craig Brown, Richland
Martians are always looking for intelligent life on guests and hosts on MSNBC.
Rudy Tomich, West Richland