As the threat posed by Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq continues to fester, President Barack Obama is wise to seek approval from Congress for the use of military action against the terrorist organization. Congressional members, meanwhile, would be wise to approve his request.
After decades of ignoring the problem and after an embarrassing rebuke last year from the state Supreme Court, Washington lawmakers appear poised to make meaningful strides regarding mental health care in the state.
Cheers: Eventually, Seattle Seahawks fans will be able to look past the disappointment of Sunday's Super Bowl and appreciate what a wonderful season their team had. Yes, the 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX will never be forgotten. And, yes, debate over Seattle's decision to throw that ill-fated pass in the final minute will continue. But the Seahawks are to be lauded for another exceptional year.
If nothing else, the playground fight between the University of Washington and Washington State University over who will train doctors for the state has brought much-needed attention to a pressing problem. The issue, in short, is that Washington requires more physicians, particularly in rural areas.
To understand why the centerpiece initiative of President Obama's budget makes so much sense, imagine that U.S. corporations decided to bring home — in cash — the estimated $2 trillion in profits they are stashing overseas to avoid paying taxes.
As the state Legislature ponders once again one of the hot potatoes of American politics — the minimum wage — a simple truth of economics bears repeating: If you would like to increase your earning power, improve your skills.
In the end, it's just a game. A game that will be watched by some 160 million Americans. A game that commands $4.5 million for the right to air a 30-second commercial. A game that will decide the championship of a league that generates $9 billion a year.
Cheers: It has taken a while — four years, in fact — but the city of Vancouver has completed restoration efforts on the Waterfront Renaissance Trail. Portions of the pathway, which is popular for walking, running and biking, were washed out in the spring of 2011 when snowmelt and heavy rains resulted in flood-stage river levels that destabilized the path.