In the wake of dueling rulings this week from federal courts, only one thing appears reasonably certain about the Affordable Care Act —the signature health care law is heading back to the United States Supreme Court.
Cheers: Children's Center, a Vancouver nonprofit agency that provides mental-health care for uninsured and underinsured children, has broken ground on a new building in east Vancouver. Currently squeezed into downtown office space, the organization annually sees more than 1,600 children, and the need continues to grow. The new facility, which is expected to be completed in May 2015, will be more accessible for those requiring service.
While burning 400 square miles in north-central Washington and staking a place as the largest wildfire in state history, the Carlton Complex of fires also has reinforced the need for changes in how the federal government battles such blazes.
The dichotomy should come as no surprise. Last week, a headline about a Gallup poll suggested that many Americans think immigration is the nation’s most pressing problem. So, naturally, a headline atop an Associated Press story the very next day read, “Prospects for solution to border crisis fade.” Sigh! Just when the American people are most in need of thoughtful and decisive leadership, Congress embraces its most inflexible nature in the name of ideological purity.
State officials and public-employee unions are using the classic "look, over there" trick as they reach into the pockets of taxpayers. Look, over there … and you might not recognize the subterfuge involved. Look, over there … and you might not notice that your wallet is being picked. Look, over there … because there's nothing to see here. That is what negotiations between Gov. Jay Inslee's labor team and 25 unions amount to under state law, which allows such negotiations to be held in secret.
Cheers: The Columbia Land Trust has spearheaded a plan to protect a swath of forest along the Klickitat River, generating a win-win situation for several groups with differing interests in the area. A grant of $3.975 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund will allow the state to secure the remote 9,000-acre site in northern Klickitat County, protecting it from the development of second homes or resorts.
If Thursday was a typical day at the Vancouver Community Library, more than 1,500 people came through its doors. Many were looking for books, or participating in traditional library programs such as summer reading for schoolkids. But some were searching for jobs, or working on a résumé. Parents and young children were headed to the third floor, home to an early learning center, the largest of its kind in the United States.
The summer weather and the vacation schedule and the fact that the calendar says "July" don't exactly suggest that the campaign season has arrived, and yet the reality begs to differ. The 2014 election season has, indeed, come to Clark County, with ballots for the primary being sent out today from the elections office.
It would be difficult to argue that residents of Washington's 18th Legislative District didn't get their money's worth during Brandon Vick's first term in Olympia. Vick sits on six legislative committees, including some key groups that deal with the state's financing, and he rightly boasts that he did not miss any votes during the 2013 and 2014 sessions.
While Clark County voters will be electing a new sheriff for the first time in decades, The Columbian Editorial Board is confident the Sheriff's Office will remain in good hands. With Garry Lucas retiring after 24 years on the job, four candidates with vast law enforcement experience are seeking the position.