Where is a childlike wonder to it all, a desire for exploration fueled by innocence and inquisitiveness. Or, as celebrated British scientist Stephen Hawking explained, "We explore because we are human and we want to know."
When it comes to transportation money and Clark County's return on the dollar, Republican state senators Ann Rivers and Don Benton had similar perspectives but ended up in completely different places this year. One was a winner; the other was a loser.
Cheers: The diligence and dedication of numerous people have managed to unravel a 41-year-old Clark County mystery. The remains of a 17-year-old homicide victim found in 1974 in Dole Valley have been identified as Martha Marie Morrison through work by the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and many others.
For an off-year election, this year's ballot provides much intrigue — in large part thanks to the Clark County charter approved last year by voters. In addition to the creation of a county chair position, a councilor will be selected to represent newly carved-out District 2 in northwest Clark County — including Ridgefield and La Center.
The election for Clark County council chair presents a bit of a quandary for voters. As a new position, created by passage of a county charter last year, voters first must determine which qualities they are seeking in the person who will be the designated leader of the county's governing body.
Cheers: State lawmakers arrived at a reasonable decision in choosing to suspend Initiative 1351, which was passed by voters in November. The measure called for a statewide reduction in class sizes at K-12 public schools, but its estimated $4.7 billion price tag over five years represented an unfathomable albatross for those trying to forge a state operating budget.
Scientific exploration, believe it or not, is an imperfect science. Many products that eventually transformed everyday life have been the result of accidental discoveries that came from the simple act of exploring, of attempting to answer the seemingly unanswerable.
Amid the vast amount of data included in a recent report from The Columbian about public-sector salaries, the bottom line regarding the bottom line might be this: A majority of public employees are better off than their counterparts in the private sector.
Many statistics and anecdotes can be used to point out the need for a robust mental health care system, but for now we shall focus upon this one: The Children's Center in Vancouver treats more than 800 patients a month.