Cheers: To input about a proposed oil terminal. Adjudication hearings on the Tesoro-Savage terminal at the Port of Vancouver begin Monday as consideration of the project moves to the next phase. As revealed this week, the state Department of Natural Resources has joined the chorus of voices opposed to the proposal, sending a submission to the state regulatory agency that speaks of “the potential for tremendous catastrophic loss.”
There are, of course, 50 states in the union — and a seemingly infinite number of ways for ranking them. Thrillist.com, for example, ranks states by the quality of their flags (Washington is No. 23). And Business Insider earlier this year ranked them by the success of their economy (We’re No. 1!).
It is human nature for adults to lament the habits of younger generations, to pull out the “When I was their age” trope and insist that today’s teens are not adhering to the high standards set by their elders.
It didn’t take Kirk Schulz long to make a splash as president of Washington State University. And while his call for fiscal responsibility is a prudent one, it brings into focus some of the issues facing major colleges these days.
Cheers: To strong revenue projections. State officials have estimated that the current two-year budget, which ends in mid-2017, will have a surplus of about $308 million. A growing economy has boosted tax revenue beyond what was expected and has eased the strain on funding for state programs.
The impact has spread beyond the obvious. Beyond the spilled 42,000 gallons of oil; the fire and explosion; the 300 evacuated residents; the sheen of oil on the Columbia River; and the damage to a wastewater treatment plant. Yes, the oil-train derailment two weeks ago in Mosier, Ore., has developed tentacles reaching throughout the Northwest.
Learning reading, writing, and ’rithmetic is not cheap, and parents of schoolchildren long have been dismayed by the growing expense of basic school supplies that are necessities for the young learners.