Cheers: Garry Lucas has another 18 days or so as Clark County sheriff, but the accolades already are pouring in. "He's someone who's made a profound difference in the safety of Clark County," said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor, a former Clark County undersheriff. "I know this is a deeply good man and an exceptional sheriff."
Where were the losers? As Lisa and Everett Quam of suburban Seattle were paraded in front of the cameras last week, celebrated by the media and by lottery officials for "winning" a $90 million Powerball jackpot, the most important question remained unanswered: Where were the losers?
Clark County Commissioner David Madore likes to makes proclamations that his is the best county in the state, or the best county on the West Coast or, we wouldn't be surprised, the best county in the Milky Way.
It is probably too soon to declare a feminist reformation, but a few signs here and there give one hope. Hold it, sirs, don't stop reading yet. I realize that seeing the F-word in the first paragraph is like discovering that your bride is wearing pantyhose, but bear with me.
Washington's Parent-Child Assistance Program can, in many ways, be viewed as an experiment in the typically complicated laboratory of state-funded social services. Equally important, it can be viewed as the crux of an issue facing the Legislature in 2015.
The contrast is clear, representing the difference between leadership and demagoguery. Between guidance and chaos. Between thoughtfulness and disillusionment. So, as members of the Vancouver City Council approve fee discounts for large employers that pay high wages, they provide a lesson for the Clark County commissioners in diligent and responsible governance.
It remains, 73 years later, a day that lives in infamy. Yet while the Pearl Harbor attack of Dec. 7, 1941, reigns as a defining moment in our nation's history, it is increasingly fading from living memory — as history inevitably does.
Cheers: Signs of the season are in abundance. In downtown Vancouver, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and about 500 revelers took part last week in the lighting of the community Christmas tree in Esther Short Park. In Olympia, a tree has been installed in the Capitol Rotunda and adorned with more than 5,000 lights and nearly 200 decorations. All around, stores and shopping malls are ringing with reminders that Christmas is drawing near.