For a community to be successful, vibrant, and caring, for it to be able to look toward the horizon and have a clear vision of the future, it must develop the ability to stand upon the shoulders of giants. For Vancouver, Ed Lynch was one such giant.
Cheers: It was an act of remarkable courage, the kind we typically like to say restores our faith in humanity. Levi Homola late Thursday night spotted a fire in a single-wide manufactured home near Yacolt and stopped to bang on the door. When somebody finally awoke, Homola rushed inside and helped carry the children to safety.
Saturday's graduation ceremony for Washington State University Vancouver will serve as a testament to not only the students' dedication and fortitude, but to the vision laid out by state leaders a quarter-century ago.
While there is nothing new about governments offering incentives to companies in exchange for job creation, Boeing has elevated this little corporate game to an art form. In November 2013, during a special session called by Gov. Jay Inslee, the Washington Legislature orchestrated an $8.7 billion tax break spread over 27 years for the aerospace giant. Regarded as the largest incentive package ever offered to a company, the deal was contingent upon Boeing building the 777X in Everett.
While critics might consider it a matter of too little, too late — and while the vote is only symbolic — a decision last week by the Port of Vancouver commissioners serves as a statement about the power of public involvement.
Cheers: Plato, who was known to have an insightful observation or two, is credited with saying of music: "It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything." And who are we to argue with Plato?