Editorials

Opinion

Thanks to our zoo animals’ avid advocate

After 35 years in the role of zoological and environmental education, director Gary Geddes leaves Point Defiance Zoo and Northwest Trek. On behalf of some of the planet’s most precious and endangered species and an appreciative public, we’d like to say thank you.

Opinion

Our civic agenda for 2017

Today marks the 29th year we’re laying out a News Tribune Editorial Board civic agenda, outlining priority topics for editorial comment in 2017. It could easily be a much longer list, but we limited it to six topics.

Opinion

Bring on the older boys at Annie Wright

For the first time in its 133-year history, Tacoma’s Annie Wright School will welcome a class of high school boys as students this fall. In the midst of a national school-choice movement, Annie Wright gives young men and their families one more choice.

Opinion

For incoming OSPI, Tacoma has something to teach

More than 20 percent of Washington’s students are not graduating on time or at all. Incoming superintendent of public instruction Reykdal should look to Tacoma, Spokane and Tukwila, among others, which have made impressive progress in graduation rates over the past few years.

Opinion

Stambaugh welcomes ethics board into 21st century

Rep. Melanie Stambaugh, a Puyallup Republican, is accused of violating ethics rules by using taxpayer funded photos on her Facebook account. Her case raises new questions about social media and should prompt the ethics board to update rules on publicly available photos.

Opinion

Peter Goldmark and the high cost of flying

Peter Goldmark, the state’s commissioner for public lands, makes a strong argument for chartering flights to various events. It may be a wise expenditure of public money, but the controversy that accompanies it comes with a steep price.

Opinion

President out, it’s transition time at TCC

After less than two years at Tacoma Community College, President Sheila Ruhland laudably resigned. A drawn out fight between faculty and president would not have served anyone well, least of all the 13,000-plus students who attend.

Opinion

Say a prayer for victims of real war on Christmas

The oppression of Christians in the Middle East could be described as Bosnian-style ethnic cleansing. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this year described it as genocide. The victims must not be forgotten this Christmas, or in the new year ahead.

Opinion

What can be done for so many ALICEs?

The United Way of Pierce County has opened two Centers for Strong Families, where people can receive financial coaching and advocacy support. Tacoma is at the forefront of this life-changing model in Washington state.

Videos

WATCH: Tacoma's Crystal Judson center representatives reflect on 10 years of work

Susan Adams, director of the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, speaks to the editorial board of The News Tribune on the center’s 10th anniversary.
David Montesino dmontesino@thenewstribune.com
WATCH: Tacoma's Crystal Judson center representatives reflect on 10 years of work 1:17

WATCH: Tacoma's Crystal Judson center representatives reflect on 10 years of work

VIDEO: Idea for a community center in Tacoma's East Side is born 1:51

VIDEO: Idea for a community center in Tacoma's East Side is born

Russell Wilson talks about season the day after Atlanta loss 2:25

Russell Wilson talks about season the day after Atlanta loss

Thomas Rawls reflects on season during locker cleanout Sunday 4:25

Thomas Rawls reflects on season during locker cleanout Sunday