If Semi Bird wants to be WA’s governor, he should have followed the law

Candidates must obey the law

A governor is entrusted with signing legislative bills into law, as well as upholding existing laws. But how can a candidate be entrusted to do so, when he is not following the law himself?

Semi Bird’s candidacy is of important concern, considering his recent track record. He has abused the 911 system; he has tried to take the law into his own hands when he was too impatient to wait for law enforcement; he blatantly defied the mask mandate as a Richland School Board member, in which the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that he “knowingly broke the law.”

And Mr. Bird has proved that his integrity is impaired at best: He pledged in an earlier School Board meeting that he would pay his legal fees if the court ruled against him, only to change his mind at a later meeting. He has tried to be above the law and is impenitent for his actions

If Mr. Bird cannot simply follow the law and be a person of his word, how can we be certain that he will effectively and faithfully serve in the state’s highest executive position?

Derek Bowls, Richland

Speaker tries to rewrite history

On the June 26 MSNBC program “Morning Joe,” former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele dropped the hammer on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for backing plans by Reps. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., for a proposal to expunge Donald Trump’s two impeachments from the Congressional Record.

Steele’s comments came after host Mika Brzezinski shared clips of a combative House Speaker McCarthy defending the plan the Friday before, wasting the House’s time on a purely symbolic gesture that does not erase the historical record.

Steele took particular exception to McCarthy’s mention of special counsel John Durham’s report that resulted in no convictions. Democrats claimed the report was politically motivated and Republican lawmakers claimed that the report supported their belief of the political weaponization of the FBI.

“You just create the confusion, you just throw crap up against the wall,” Steele said. “I mean, look, all the stuff that we’re talking about, Mika, this stuff that Trump did — nobody else but him. Yet, these folks are just — they’re beside themselves, they bend themselves backward and put their heads in very dark places to protect this man. It’s just astounding to me, he couldn’t care less about Kevin.”

William Petrie, Richland

Salmon matter more than dams

The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board boldly showed its bias in an opinion piece disparaging people and groups in favor of removing four Snake River dams. On one hand, the board suggests those favoring dam removal are biased in favor of fish and politicized the issue by sending a letter to NOAA, while on the other hand the board praises our Republican representatives for presenting their biased opinion of dam benefits to other House members.

The board cites the Capital Press, a weekly agricultural newspaper, that bases its report on a single NOAA source who says data show salmonids are doing fine, but who apparently does not make any distinction between hatchery versus wild fish. The board dismisses the actual NOAA report stating dam removal is the “centerpiece action” for fish restoration because the official report came from the Biden Administration.

Dams are not the only factor affecting salmonid survival, but they are a big factor. Salmonids did not evolve in an ecosystem that required them to swim up fish ladders and across a series of artificial lakes to get to spawning habitat. We forced that on them, and if they don’t survive, we can hug our dams and blame those other factors.

Edward Rykiel, Richland

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