Throughout his presidency, one of the hallmarks of the Barack Obama administration has been a certain level of tone-deafness. Of not accurately assessing the political winds. Of not correctly calculating how actions would be perceived by the populace. So, when the administration neglected over the weekend to pay proper homage to an anti-terrorism protest in France, an event that garnered worldwide attention, it simply added to a perception that Obama is out of touch, not only with Americans, but with the global community he so frequently speaks of embracing.
How much should a reasonable person spend to secure a $42,000-a-year job? A job with pretty good benefits, like a strong health care plan, generous expenses for food and lodging, and a decent pension — if you keep the bosses happy and they keep you around for a while. It's mostly inside work, no heavy lifting, although you may have to spend time with people who disagree with you, and some who can be downright disagreeable.
While the McCleary v. Washington decision and voter-approved Initiative 1351 will be the education priorities for this year's Legislature, lawmakers also would be wise to address another issue facing public schools: A lack of substitute teachers.
Cheers: Sports fans in these parts might be getting spoiled. The Seattle Seahawks are back in the National Football League playoffs, beginning defense of their Super Bowl championship today against the Carolina Panthers; the University of Oregon Ducks play Monday against Ohio State for the championship of college football; and the Portland Trail Blazers appear to be one of the best teams in the National Basketball League so far this season.
For her third term in Congress, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is talking a good game. "More than ever, we need to prove the ideas and principles we stand for are going to work," the Camas Republican said Tuesday as the 114th Congress convened. "We shouldn't let egos, attitudes and personalities get in the way."
It often is tempting to brush aside the latest report or the latest study about the newest thing that is endangering you and your family. Goodness knows, we all-too-frequently are informed that something we never have heard of is a threat to our well-being.
The most jarring visual image of this week's torrential rain in parts of the state came from Snoqualmie Falls. Many a video posted on social media showed the Snoqualmie River in King County surging over the 268-foot falls, placing the recent storms into an easily understood context.
The lesson — as always — is that it's important to know the rules and to follow them. That's what Don Kosterow, owner of Sunrise Bagels in downtown Vancouver, discovered recently. Years ago, Kosterow had bought and planted six European hornbeam trees next to the sidewalk in front of his business — an area that is owned by the city but is the duty of the business owner to maintain. When the hornbeams grew a little too large — they were obscuring the view of the company's sign — he paid an arborist to lop off the tops.
Local high school students see them daily in the lunchrooms, in the parking lots, at games. They're school resource officers, armed police who are dedicated to patrolling the campuses of local high schools. Found in all of the Vancouver and Evergreen district high schools, the officers work for the Vancouver Police Department or the Clark County Sheriff's Office.