As if we needed a reminder of the nation's convoluted land-use policies, a recent examination of the Northwest Forest Plan has been in the news. Not that anything could be simple about trying to balance environmental concerns with economic interests. Not that any plan could be easy when vast swaths of Washington and neighboring states are publicly owned. But the labyrinth of confusion and consternation created by federal policy continues to confound.
By any measure, it doesn't pass the smell test. As Senate Democrats last week blew a $2 billion hole in the just-approved state operating budget, they exposed the seamy underbelly of political gamesmanship, eschewing compromise and negotiation in favor of extortion. The result is a steaming mess for taxpayers.
Cheers: There always are plenty of cheers to go around for the Fourth of July, which heralds the uniqueness of the United States of America and celebrates more than 200 years of freedom and democracy. This is particularly true in Vancouver, which long has enjoyed an outsized Independence Day celebration.
Perhaps it is appropriate that this year's Fourth of July celebration can be spread over a couple days. With the actual date falling on a Saturday, the work holiday for many of us lands on a Friday — today — and highlights the notion that the designation of the date is secondary in importance to the meaning behind it.
After 165 days of negotiating and bickering and posturing, state lawmakers finally have arrived at a compromise over state spending for the next two years. And while both Republicans and Democrats are pointing to their preferred talking points from the $38.2 billion biennial budget, it was Gov. Jay Inslee who best summarized the process.
In truth, Friday's decision from the U.S. Supreme Court ended gay marriage. No longer is the qualifying term necessary. No longer must we delineate between marriage and gay marriage. From now on, in all 50 states, the willingness of two people to make a lifelong commitment to each other and have that commitment recognized by the state will be known simply as "marriage," regardless of gender.
As the clown car known as the 2015 Washington Legislature lurches to the end of its second special session, the ideas come spilling out like size 20 leather shoes and a dozen pairs of Bozo's heavily patched underwear.
One of the most visible parts of Clark County's heritage is the former Vancouver Barracks, which for many decades served as an Army post and is now largely in transition to a new future. But much less known is an adjunct former Army facility north of Camas that also is in transition.
It was a tough Father's Day weekend for Washington State University and its thousands of alumni and supporters around the state and the world. On Saturday, the Cougars lost their father figure, WSU President Elson S. Floyd.