Yes, statewide jobless rate has dropped, but economy still faces many challenges
Hooray! The Great Recession is over! Uh, not so fast. No matter what Wall Street says, the word from Main Street, Wash., is less enthusiastic. The state still hasn't regained 22 percent of the more than 200,000 jobs that were lost during the Great Recession.
Sputtering adjectives -- outrageous, appalling, intolerable -- can scarcely do justice to the fiasco involving the Internal Revenue Service's reported targeting of conservative groups. But the current scandal obscures -- and, ironically, threatens to prevent action on -- another, equally corrosive failure on the part of the IRS when it comes to scrutinizing political groups.
Addressing Bill Barkley's May 13 letter — "Don't move too fast on new bridge," suggesting we're moving too quickly and that the current structure may or may not be suitable — has me applauding.
Elections matter we've been told. As Clark County voters awaken each morning to read the newspaper, they are realizing this fact.
I am in fourth grade. I think Vancouver should ban plastic bags from checkout counters. I think this because:
The Clark County commissioners' hiring of Sen. Don Benton as the county's environmental services director evokes charges of hypocrisy, abuse and cronyism. None are worthy of belief.
Every person has inherent worth and dignity. Every action of every person, no matter how misguided, is undertaken in the effort to fulfill a legitimate human need.
Legislators should extend deadline for projects such as Library Square
Recommended reading for legislators as they move deeper into their special session would be Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1306. Admittedly not the most captivating title, but the document offers great benefits to several cities including Vancouver.
Everyone knows that if Gov. Jay Inslee really wanted the state Legislature to finish its work quickly — especially passing a two-year budget that boosts funding for public education — he should have brought them back into special session immediately.
How many times do any of us get to experience the same historic event twice in a lifetime? I did recently during the re-debut of steam locomotive No. 10 that is owned and operated by the Chelatchie Prairie Railroad.
I recently got my yearly Washington vehicle registration, with no emission test this time. It shows I've been checked out.
If you have only two bridges going across the great Columbia River and you take one down and build a new one, you'll still have only two bridges crossing the river.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says "no light rail, no bridge." Good. He finally got it.