Cheers: To job growth. Just-released numbers from September indicate that the economy remains strong in Clark County, with unemployment dipping slightly to 4.5 percent. That marks the sixth consecutive month in which the number was at or below 5 percent, close to what is considered full employment.
America’s opioid crisis is a result of numerous factors. Yes, those who become embroiled in addiction to prescription drugs deserve some of the blame. But so do breakdowns in governmental oversight and regulation, along with pharmaceutical companies that have demonstrated more interest in moving their product than protecting the health of the public.
The results of hard-fought compromise can be eye-catching, as demonstrated by statewide advisory votes on the ballot for the Nov. 7 general election. And while the initial reaction might be akin to sticker shock, The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends that voters select “Maintained” for advisory votes 16, 17, and 18.
While President Trump’s tweets and bluster typically grab much of the public’s attention, there are some policy issues that call for scrutiny. Foremost among them — especially for Washingtonians — is the president’s approach to international trade.
Although lawmakers closed up shop in Olympia three months ago and declared the legislative session to be a triumph, the celebration might have been premature. The real contest will be waged today before the state Supreme Court.
Since retired Gen. John Kelly became White House chief of staff, news outlets have portrayed him as the disciplinarian sent to impose order over an unruly President Donald Trump. Kelly rejects that scenario — when it comes to taming, he has other fish to fry.
Clark County voters have a little more than two weeks to mail or drop off ballots before the Nov. 7 election. But why wait? The Columbian urges all eligible residents to partake in the civic duty that forms the foundation of our representative democracy.
or the past four years, a proposal to build an oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver has been marked by subterfuge. Members of the port commission, representatives of oil interests, and now a candidate for a seat on the commission routinely have demonstrated disdain for the sensibilities of Clark County residents while attempting to obfuscate the facts surrounding the proposal.
Cheers: To improved forest management. Decades of mismanagement have contributed to the intensity of wildfires in recent years, and Congress apparently is poised to finally do something about it. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington are part of a bipartisan group supporting a bill that would authorize more than $100 million to help communities prevent wildfires and cut down trees in fire-prone areas.
As problems go, voters in the Vancouver Public Schools district are faced with a good one. The race for Position 3 on the school board features two strong candidates who are capable of being effective and forward-thinking board members.
This is a time of transition and growth for Vancouver Public Schools, a situation that calls for a steady hand on the district’s board of directors. Because of that, The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a vote for Mark Stoker to remain on the board as representative for Position 2.
Each candidate for Vancouver City Council, Position 3, has selling points that bolster her candidacy. After weighing those strengths — along with the contestants’ weaknesses — The Columbian’s Editorial Board recommends a vote for Linda Glover.
The contest for Vancouver City Council, Position 1, presents a unique challenge for voters. Rather than recommend a candidate in the race, The Columbian’s Editorial Board encourages voters to ponder the process and vote for what would most benefit the city.