Cheers: Happy birthday wishes are in order for the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, which threw a party on Friday to celebrate its 125th anniversary. Founded in 1890, when Vancouver had 3,545 residents, the organization has supported economic development for decades and has grown along with the city it inhabits.
It is a somber, profound, and simultaneously sad yet triumphant anniversary — one that stands as a demarcation point in human history. On Aug. 6, 1945 — 70 years ago today — the United States detonated an atomic bomb above the Japanese city of Hiroshima and ushered the world into a new era.
It is merely the hors d'oeuvre before the main course, but today is Election Day. Ballots must be dropped off or postmarked by today for the primary election, which will narrow the field for contested positions to two candidates for the Nov. 3 general election.
While the race for Clark County council chair promises to be an eye-opener in November — regardless of who advances out of Tuesday's primary — the biggest donnybrook in the general election could be Initiative 1366.
The underlying issue of this year's legislative special session is that it wasn't all that special. As lawmakers slogged into a third overtime session, extending a scheduled 105-day session to 176 days, they unwittingly brought up questions about whether the state should reconsider how it conducts its business.
Cheers: Delays, detours and congestion are on the menu for this summer — and that is worthy of cheers. Local cities, Clark County, and the state Department of Transportation are tackling a long list of needed repaving and road maintenance projects, creating temporary aggravation for drivers in exchange for the long-term benefits of putting people to work and eventually improving traffic flow.
The problem with any discussion about guns and gun violence and gun control in this country is that logic typically gets drowned by a cacophony of ideological rhetoric on both sides of the issue. All too often, the din hampers society's ability to have a rational discussion — to separate the stock from the barrel, as it were.