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In Our View: Legislature must repair its McCleary ‘fix’

February 5, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

Despite six years of legislative wrangling, it is increasingly clear that lawmakers failed to adequately address the state Supreme Court’s decision in McCleary v. Washington. Many school districts across the state are facing budget shortfalls and returning to voters with hats in hand. Read story

In Our View: Drivers need to see the light about driving in rain

February 4, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

The recent long period of very gray, rainy weather offers a pointed reminder of how important it is to be a safe, sensible driver. We’re reminded of this because we see so many motorists failing to incorporate simple steps that greatly enhance not only their safety, but the safety of other drivers. Case in point: the number of drivers who do not turn on their headlights when their windshield wipers… Read story

In Our View: News literacy vital to sorting fact from fiction

February 2, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

True or false: While in office, President Barack Obama met and shook hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Hint: Don’t let the picture fool you. Read story

In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Housing, recycling right welcome

February 1, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

Cheers: To Community Roots Collaborative’s plan to reduce homelessness in Fruit Valley. The local housing nonprofit is in the process of fixing up an historical railway switch house along the BNSF Railway tracks to be the centerpiece of what is envisioned to be a cluster of tiny affordable homes for people who are currently homeless. Read story

In Our View: A ‘yes’ vote serves Ridgefield, its children well

January 31, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

If you are looking for a great place to settle down and raise a family in the Pacific Northwest, you can’t beat Ridgefield. Close to the Portland area’s jobs and amenities, it retains its small-town charm. The beautiful outdoors are as close as your backdoor. There’s a new full-service supermarket and soon to be an expanded library. Did we mention the schools are great? Read story

In Our View: School case test of separation of church, state

January 30, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

Washington is among 37 states that do not provide vouchers or tax credits for attendance at private and religious schools. The U.S. Supreme Court might be preparing to strike down such “no aid” clauses. We think that is a cause for concern. Read story

In Our View: County council can help Heritage Farm thrive

January 29, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

There’s a good-sized and vocal group of people in Clark County who fear that the Clark County Council might sell all or part of the beloved 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell. While Council Chair Eileen Quiring flatly denied at a recent work session that the county is planning to sell the site, there is still reason to be concerned about the historic property’s future. Read story

In Our View: Limit ’emotional support animals’ on planes

January 28, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

The U.S. Department of Transportation is on the right path as it proposes to tighten the leash on the problem of so-called “emotional support animals” on airplanes. The agency on Jan. 22 announced it was planning to limit animal flyers to only the specially trained dogs that qualify as service animals. Read story

In Our View: Legislators must join forces on homelessness

January 26, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

It’s not often a Republican lawmaker in Washington proposes a tax increase, so the recent Seattle Times story about Rep. Drew Stokesbary, R-Auburn, doing just that grabbed our attention. Read story

In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Honoring King through service; lamenting state of our roads

January 25, 2020, 6:03am Editorials

Cheers: To answering the call to service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dozens of local volunteers turned out to honor the legacy of the civil rights pioneer by performing community service tasks. Some removed litter from beaches; others cut invasive blackberries, planted trees and restored wetlands. Some volunteered at the Clark County Food Bank. All honored the legacy of a man who, in 1957, uttered these words that ring… Read story