It is a tried-and-true tradition among editorial writers: When struggling to articulate a particular thought, search for a quote from Thomas Jefferson. After all, he probably said it better than we mere mortals ever could.
Cheers: Lawmakers who are grappling with Washington's school funding conundrum made an appearance Wednesday in Vancouver to launch a listening tour. Hearing from citizens, as well as local superintendents, teachers and parents, they ingested ideas for how the Legislature can meet the demands laid out in the state Supreme Court's 2012 ruling in McCleary v. Washington.
Believe it or not, two weeks from today Clark County residents will be able to vote in the 2015 general election -- provided that they are registered voters. Sure, Election Day is not until Nov. 3, and the votes will not be tallied until that evening, but ballots are scheduled to be made available on Oct. 16.
The 18-year-old U.S. Navy enlistee, thinking it sounded less boring than the dull training he was doing in 1944, volunteered for service on what he thought an officer had called "rocket ships." Actually, they were small, slow, vulnerable boats used as launching pads for rockets to give close-in support for troops assaulting beaches.
Cheers: The latest advancement on Vancouver's Waterfront project is noteworthy, and particular kudos are warranted for the flair with which the development was announced. As newly built Columbia Way was dedicated this week near downtown, a fleet of Model A Fords were the first vehicles to traverse the street around which the $1.3 billion development will rise.
While the goal remains worthy and necessary — preventing teenagers from using marijuana — a recent case out of Southeastern Washington demonstrates the uneasy manner in which Washington is wading into the waters of legalization.
The importance of Chinese President Xi Jingping's visit to Washington can be boiled down to the numbers: More than 1,000 Chinese political and business leaders are accompanying Xi as he visits the Seattle area this week; and China accounted for $20 billion in exports from Washington last year, making it the state's most prolific commercial partner.
Let us start by taking a look at the big picture: A shutdown of the federal government would be harmful to the economy. Not only would thousands of government workers not be receiving paychecks, but "nonessential" services such as housing subsidies, business loans and construction projects could be temporarily halted, slowing the flow of commerce and creating a damaging ripple effect.