elieving that open government is a linchpin of good government, Washington long has placed a great deal of value upon transparency from its leaders. The state's sunshine laws protecting such openness often are cited as being among the strongest in the nation.
A little more than one year into legalized marijuana use for adults in Washington, topics of concern about the drug remain little changed. Marijuana use by minors and those who drive under the influence continue to be the biggest issues with this journey into uncharted territory — and they will require diligence from regulators and law enforcement.
The process was contentious, but kudos go to the Vancouver Public Schools board for finally passing an operating budget for the 2015-16 school year -- just in time for classes to begin next week. As board member Kathy Gillespie said: "If a budget process is not uncomfortable, you are not asking the right questions."
It is a ritual well-known to the parents of teenagers, a daily struggle that annually begins anew with the start of the school year. It is, of course, the task of awakening a sleeping teenager to begin preparations for the school day.
Cheers: Kudos are in order for everybody involved with Stuff the Bus programs for both the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts — from organizers to volunteers to those who donated school supplies. The foundations for each district recently concluded a coordinated effort to collect backpacks and markers and everything students need for the coming school year. With the National Retail Federation calculating that the average family spends $97 on school supplies, donations can make a big difference for families in need.
Considering that members of Congress will be well-rested following their August recess, they should have no problem tackling a pressing issue when they return to work: renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. In the process, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, should take a lead position in supporting a fund that reflects the interests of her constituents.