In an economy where jobs matter, the Vancouver Energy project at the Port of Vancouver will create hundreds of family-wage jobs that can support entire families. Also, providing critical infrastructure for U.S. energy independence lies partly in our hands. For those reasons and many more, the Vancouver Energy project should be approved.
The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin's fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West's capacity to decide.
David Darby, the best evidence suggests, is a true believer. A rebel with a cause. A 69-year-old scofflaw whose ideology is so entrenched that he will travel down the most arcane of legal avenues in pursuit of his goal.
President Obama is not worried. And that is unnerving. British Prime Minister David Cameron presented to Parliament on Monday the alarming conclusions of European leaders who had met in Brussels over the weekend: "The European Council believes the creation of an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and the Islamist extremism and export of terrorism on which it is based is a direct threat to every European country."
The word of the day is herky-jerky, which is a polite way of saying erratic. And which, I regret to report, is a fitting description of President Obama's handling of immigration. And, I regret even more, a metaphor for his stumbling stewardship.
Every time I forget how far Washington's venture into the world of legalized recreational marijuana takes us from the days when illegal pot was the stuff of counterculture song and legend, the state manages to remind me.
The latest Gallup poll indicates that 14 percent of the people "moderately disapprove" of Barack Obama's performance as president and 39 percent "strongly disapprove." Since Obama won two presidential elections, chances are that some of those who now "strongly disapprove" of what he has done voted to put him in office. We all make mistakes, but the real question is whether we learn from them.
Admittedly, it can't be easy being a politician. All of that legislating and lawmaking and representing can wear on a person. And when you aren't making laws, you're campaigning so you can stay in office and make more laws.
Russia's ongoing dismemberment of Ukraine and the Islamic State's erasing of Middle Eastern borders have distracted attention from the harassment of U.S. Navy aircraft by Chinese fighter jets over the South China Sea. Beijing calls this sea, and the Yellow and East China seas, the "near seas," meaning China's seas. The episodes involving aircraft are relevant to one of Adm. Jonathan Greenert's multiplying preoccupations — CUES, meaning Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea.
As secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation, I'm addressing concerns voiced in a recent editorial, "Bertha Offers Vital Lessons" (Aug. 14). No one, including WSDOT and Seattle Tunnel Partners, our contractor and owner of Bertha, denies this machine has encountered some obstacles and delay. Bertha is a symbol of how challenging these projects can be and how we must manage them well for taxpayers.