Rivershore article was disappointing
As a speaker at the Badger Club event, I was deeply disappointed in your article on Columbia Rivershore Reconveyance. It appears written from a provided promotional script, and in no way captures the circumstances that prompted the event in the first place.
That fact is this: This most important Tri-Cities land use action since the 1960s was submitted this summer as a rider to a must-pass congressional bill in the U.S. House of Representatives without ever going through any of the citizen involvement mandated under Washington state law.
Despite our spending the last two years in required 10-year revisions of the Comprehensive Plans for Cities and Counties, there was no citizen input, no commission examinations, and no council votes taken on the proposed land transfer. Most significantly, there was no consultation with the Confederated Tribes, who as sovereign nations have guaranteed, century-old treaty rights to the use and preservation of this shoreline, their ancestral home. Yet this transfer was presented by our congressman as being solidly supported by the Tri-Cities.
What’s wrong with that picture?
The Badger Club event was about the way democracy is supposed to work in our community, and about how it should work now.
James A. Wise, Richland still on the fence. If he allows these Hondurans to cross the border, there will be the economic impact of unemployed, illegal, and practically penniless Hondurans entering the country who will need support.
The best choice for the freedom of legal American citizens is to deny entry of these Hondurans into the U.S.
Caleb Beasley, Kennewick