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In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Gift of graduation, boo to boors

May 29, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

Cheers: To outdoor graduations. Local school districts are planning for relatively traditional commencement ceremonies, one year after the coronavirus pandemic prevented mass gatherings. In 2020, schools opted for drive-thru ceremonies, car parades or virtual commencements — anything to honor graduates while maintaining social distancing. Read story

In Our View: Inslee, lawmakers make digital divide wider

May 28, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

The coronavirus pandemic has clearly demonstrated the importance of broadband internet access. For students engaged in remote learning and adults working from home and isolated retirees simply trying to remain connected to the world, fast and reliable service has been a lifeline. Read story

In Our View: Pandemic reinforces public health’s critical role

May 27, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

Four years ago, in an editorial that now seems particularly farsighted, The Columbian’s Editorial Board addressed the issue of health care. Read story

In Our View: Preventing wildfires starts close to home

May 26, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

Washington’s wildfire season is off to a busy start. During one week in April, the state Department of Natural Resources responded to 91 wildfires, and more than 1,200 acres have burned this year. Read story

In Our View: Celebrate positive vaccine progress milestone

May 25, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

In another sign that progress is being made to stem the coronavirus pandemic, a state-run vaccination site near Ridgefield is closing. While COVID-19 remains a threat to our community’s well-being, it is important to celebrate the positive milestones after about 14 months of difficult news. Read story

In Our View: Herrera Beutler proves she can handle the truth

May 24, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, warrants praise for standing on the side of truth in the wake of a Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Read story

In Our View: Police reform must go beyond new laws

May 23, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

Police reform laws in Washington will only be as effective as the officers, prosecutors and judges charged with enforcing them. While the state has taken laudable strides to improve how law enforcement engages with citizens, diligence is required. Read story

In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Mask options, fake vaccine card

May 22, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

Cheers: To maskless options. Many local businesses were quick to rescind mask requirements for customers following a new directive last week from the Centers for Disease Control. CDC officials determined that vaccines are effective in preventing COVID-19 and that people who have been fully vaccinated need no longer wear masks.… Read story

In Our View: Lumber crunch expected to be temporary

May 21, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

Just as the United States is coming out of the woods of the pandemic, it is running out of wood. Skyrocketing lumber prices have been one of the unexpected results of the coronavirus pandemic. Read story

In Our View: Inslee’s line-item veto tests power of office

May 20, 2021, 6:03am Editorials

In signing a slate of environmental laws this week, Gov. Jay Inslee once again tested the powers of his office. Read story