The position of Clark County clerk might not be glamorous or garner many headlines, but it can play an important role in how a county functions. Charged with maintaining court records and ensuring that such records are accessible to the public, the clerk is essential to a well-oiled judicial system.
Cheers: Because we all had to suffer through years and years of depressing economic news over the past decade, we make no apologies for trumpeting good news whenever we hear it. So let it be noted that the latest numbers say Clark County's economy added 5,800 jobs over the 12 months ending in August. Even more important is that most of the gains came from sustainable, good-wage sectors: Trade, transportation, and utilities; professional and business services; and construction.
The quip is most commonly attributed to Ronald Reagan, but it dates back at least to Harry S. Truman. "It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job," Truman said. "It's a depression when you lose yours." In other words, all economics — much like all politics — is local, and the never-ending mix of conflicting economic news has most recently delivered some disappointing information about the local scene.
Cheers: Generosity in Clark County is clicking along, to the tune of about $422,000 in 24 hours. Through a program christened “Give More 24!” and sponsored by the Community Foundation, organizers got local residents to dig deep into their pockets from 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 a.m. Friday, with most of the donations coming through a handy website that allowed donors to choose individual charities or specific program areas.
While studies have shown that a college education is more important than ever for providing long-term financial security, the plight of students at Corinthian Colleges serves as a warning shot to consumers, as a lesson that you don't always get what you pay for, and as a reminder of caveat emptor — let the buyer beware.
In addition to the stated goal of dismantling the forces of the Islamic State, U.S.-led efforts against the terrorist organization might provide long-term byproducts that benefit American interests in the Middle East.
Another 20 years, apparently, won't bring enough technological advances to have us soaring around with jet packs or using our personal flying machines to go on some errands. Yet while the future envisioned by the forward-thinking animation of "The Jetsons" will need to wait, the state of Washington is engaging in some planning for future transportation needs.
Leave it to William Shakespeare to find the best possible words. Lesser minds might have said something such as "levelheadedness must be employed when considering risky endeavors." But The Bard? The Bard wrote, "the better part of valor is discretion," a sentiment that remains pertinent.