Poor Hope Solo. The University of Washington product was booted from the U.S. Women’s National Team last week due to silly comments she made after losing to Sweden in the Olympics. We wonder how the soccer star will spend the next six months (other than playing for the Seattle Reign).
A drug company thought it was being magnanimous this week by offering an EpiPen Savings card and a Patient Assistance Program for those who qualify. But for the 40 million Americans who have severe allergies, the $600 sticker price is still too high.
The Washington State Fair in Puyallup will henceforth run 21 days and start on Labor Day weekend – good changes, both. But in the long run, fair officials should chew on a basic question: Can working-class people continue to afford to take their families there?
Tacoma City Councilman Ryan Mello calls Port Commissioner Connie Bacon’s proposals for increased public process “lipstick on a pig.” But Mello went too far by presuming he speaks for the whole community.
Tacoma is among the places where families fear crumb rubber playing surfaces might be causing cancer. Officials should be ready to act on any new findings stemming from federal research that’s now underway.
The city of Fife has banned smoking in all its parks, effective this week. The move was slow in coming, but credit the City Council and parks advisory board for engaging in a robust debate about personal freedom and public health.
The News Tribune reported last week that the Seattle chapter of the Satanic Temple is angling to start local after-school programs to counter the Christians. What other groups might knock on the door next?
A comprehensive approach is needed to sustain 50,000 acres worth of large and small farming operations around Pierce County. Identifying and expanding local agriculture resource lands (ARL) represents a modest start.
Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and the rest of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team are living the life of luxury on a cruise ship. Staying in the Olympic Village might actually do them, and their country’s international reputation, some good.
In a system that allows for big-money influence, PACs like Stand for Children Washington aim to tip the high court in their favor. They lead the effort to unseat the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, Barbara Madsen.