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.
The decision amounts to a sharp rap on the knuckles with a ruler, but the state Supreme Court demonstrated some judicial temperance last week. Justices ruled that lawmakers have been in contempt for a lack of progress on public school funding, but they held off on punishment until after the 2015 legislative session.
Cheers: Good news for the Clark County Sheriff's Office is good news for citizens — in this case the future hiring of eight new deputies and one jail commander. County commissioners approved the move this week, which will be funded over the next two years with about $1.5 million in expected money from the Washington Department of Corrections.
The 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is, in many ways, much different from the ones that have come before it. Yes, the wounds still are raw, tempered by time but never to be completely salved. And yes, our reaction still is uncertain, flustered by doubts about the United States' role in the world but driven by a resolute faith in our nation and her people.
It's no secret that the Affordable Care Act is increasing pressure on an already strained health care network. Adding millions of people to a system that was suffering from a well-documented shortage of doctors can only exacerbate some problems.
As if school funding and mental health care didn't generate enough concerns for next year's Legislature, now there are dire reports about Washington's prison system. According to the Justice Reinvestment Task Force, providing adequate prison space over the next 10 years could cost between $387 million and $481 million, which just might be the legislative equivalent of squeezing blood from a turnip.