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home : opinion : columnists June 28, 2016


2/27/2014 9:22:00 AM
Letters to the Editor

What difference does it make?

I read your Op-Ed of Feb 19, regarding Hillary Clinton, and her oft quoted statement "What difference does it make?". This statement was made to US Senator Rob Johnson Republican Wisconsin in the course of answering a plethora of questions by Senator Johnson and other Republicans regarding the events at Benghazi. Unfortunately you took this statement out of context to fabricate an Op-Ed that is misleading at best and at worst a total fabrication of conclusions that you and other right wing Nut Cases have tried to put forth as facts. I would urge you to review the original transcript of the exchange between the Secretary of State and Senator Johnson. It can be found on PolitiFacts/Wisconsin or on C-Span Video. The Republicans have spent literally millions of dollars in tax payer funds on hearings, sub-committee hearings, hearing on the sub-committee hearings, House hearings, Senate Hearings, Tea Party Hearings and let's not forget Faux News. All of these hearings, discussions, feigned outrage have provided not one single shred, not one iota, not a nano second of any credible evidence of malfeasance, neglect, lack of leadership, or a breach of faith in her role as Secretary of State. The facts are that the Republican Party, in particular, the Right Wing of the Party, are terrified of Hillary. As the potential Republican candidates are falling by the wayside as a result of both stupidity and betrayal of public trust, as Hillary leads the nearest Republican contender by 13 points and as the Voters are disgusted with the debacle in the House of

Representatives, and the inability of the Republicans to do anything, it is rapidly becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy that the Republicans will not be in the White House any time soon and certainly not in 2016. Responsible Journalism trumps political affiliation. Let's see some

Responsible Journalism!!

Dwight Burke

East Wenatchee

Publisher's note: Dwight, I listened to the entire transcript before I wrote the oped. No fabrication on my part.

Newly formed committee digs into Oktoberfest

Policing the event means policing the entire event, not just a small localized area. While Wash. does not have a drunk in public law, there are any others that could/should be enforced. But doing such it not as simplistic as it appears in the charged atmosphere that has been created. Law enforcement staffing, the deployment of those resources, the mission and priorities is part of the problem. When the overriding factor is profit, coupled to don't upset the money spenders, added to a poor deployment of control resources, you have a recipe for the downward spiral the event that has been experiencing. Policing the event requires law enforcement personnel not just confined to the fenced in area. It requires that plus roving foot and vehicle patrols highly visible and interacting with the crowds in and around the entire multi-block area. It requires an active presence at every open liquor selling establishment after 5 p.m. until all of the crowds are dispersed. It requires command/control/coordination and communications from senior law enforcement personnel who know how to manage such an operation and deployment. They aren't organic in local law enforcement, then bring them in under contract from the outside if that is what it takes. But as it stands now, the event is out of control, and only a slight "spark" will result in an explosive outburst of group destruction and rampage, fueled by excessive bravado fortified with excessive alcohol consumption. Leavenworth is not immune to this as some sort of sanity oasis devoid of such a possibility. It happens all too frequently in like-events and situations. Profit-first policies and inactions to "preserve the customers good times" have set the stage for a "perfect storm". You all need to get control, reestablish the event to what it was, and then you can move forward. The clock is ticking. The next fiasco is not that long off.

Tim Shea

Leavenworth







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