Cheers: To the city of Vancouver for providing a new way to find old information. In this case, the information may be very old: burial records. This month the city has launched a new website, cityofvancouver.us/cemeteries that allows members of the public to search thousands of records encompassing three cemeteries the city cares for: Fisher, Park Hill and Old City Cemetery.
The cold reality is that it could happen anywhere. When police in Pasco earlier this month shot to death an unarmed 35-year-old illegal immigrant in an incident captured on video, the reminder was that it could happen anywhere. That's not because police are lawless rogues; it's not because officers are targeting minorities. It's because police are faced with split-second life-and-death situations every day, and sometimes those situations have tragic consequences.
In many ways, the issue long ago stopped being about the words "In God We Trust." Instead, it morphed into an issue about divisiveness in the community, and intransigence by county councilors, and a power play by Councilor David Madore. And in the end, it became yet another egregious example of how the county council poorly serves its constituents through tone-deaf management and illogical decision-making.
Washington's quandary over presidential primaries points out the absurdities in the system for selecting candidates for the nation's highest office. But, alas, there are no easy solutions for improving an outdated system that varies from state to state.
Cheers: Trail Blazers fans are still cheering for Jerome Kersey, even as they do so with heavy hearts this week. Kersey, who played 17 years in the National Basketball Association, including 11 with Portland, died Wednesday at the age of 52 from a blood clot in his lung. He was a key member of the Blazers of the early 1990s, a team that forever endeared itself to supporters for its excellence and its aesthetic style of play.
In most cases, the will of the people should be inviolate, but there are exceptions. There are times, infrequently, when it is appropriate for lawmakers to say to voters, "Wait a minute, are you sure you meant that?"
Well, it's a start. The state Senate has proposed a $15 billion transportation package to make it easier for Washingtonians to get around and transport goods and services. In other words, they have proposed a plan for investing $15 billion in the state's economy, recognizing that crumbling infrastructure has very real consequences when it comes to jobs.