Jeanne Stewart long has staked out a position as an independent. During 12 years on the Vancouver City Council, she frequently demonstrated a thoughtful, individualistic approach to the issues. Now, as she takes a new position on the Clark County commissioners, Stewart should show that she is maintaining that independence.
A decision issued last week by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson offers some insight into the use of an important tool for protecting both law enforcement and the public. Ferguson determined that officers could legally record encounters through the use of body cameras, saying, "The Washington Privacy Act does not require officer consent because the Washington Supreme Court has recognized that a conversation between a police officer and a member of the public that occurs in the performance of the officer's duties is not private."
Cheers: The holiday season unfailingly brings out countless examples of generosity throughout Clark County, and one of our favorites is the annual free Thanksgiving feast at Chronis' Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Vancouver. As Columbian reporter Paris Achen wrote about this year's gathering: "While the event serves up hot meals at no charge, it also fills an emotional need for some guests, who just need to see a familiar face and a gesture of kindness to get through the holiday."
Although it is anchored in the far-flung northwest corner of the continental United States, Joint Base Lewis-McChord could serve as a microcosm of next year's budget battles in Congress. Faced with a post-war drawdown and across-the-board budget cuts, the military base near Tacoma is preparing for large personnel reductions. In the process, it will bring to the forefront questions about sequestration cuts, about the military-industrial complex, and about the United States' military preparedness.
The tradition of Thanksgiving in this land goes back nearly 400 years, and on this, the 152nd official national observance of the holiday, people in Clark County have many things for which to be thankful.
All too often these days, the discussion about public education loses focus. Whether debating standardized testing or Common Core requirements or teacher evaluations, the goal should remain constant: High expectations for students.
A new report from the U.S. Forest Service and the Nature Conservancy reiterates the ways in which management policies are failing our forests. Equally important, it reiterates ways in which management policies are failing taxpayers.
As anybody in the newspaper business can attest, typos happen. Those would be typographical errors, and they have been around essentially since the advent of written languages. A dropped letter here, an added word there, and a reporter or editor could find themselves in a difficult situation.
Cheers: While there still are some logistical problems with Washington's foray into legalized marijuana, one of the benefits is becoming clear. The state forecast released this week indicates that revenue from marijuana-related sales, excise, and business taxes likely will exceed expectations. The industry is projected to generate $694 million in state revenue through the middle of 2019.
Transitions inevitably are bumpy, particularly when somebody who has been in office for 24 years is being replaced by a political newcomer. And while incoming Sheriff Chuck Atkins has the experience and the leadership skills to ease the evolution from longtime office-holder Garry Lucas, changes are inevitable for the Clark County Sheriff's Office. Among the most pressing of those will be the county jail.