Editorials

Opinion

War is hell, and hellraisers deserve equal justice

U.S. military members who show contempt for the rule of law by committing atrocities are unworthy of sympathy. But any American who agrees to fight for his country is as worthy as any civilian to seek protection under that same rule of law. That includes former JBLM soldier Calvin Gibbs, who returns to court this week.

Opinion

Direct heat comes with the job, congressman

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert picked the wrong time to hide behind a Facebook screen. His constituents have legitimate questions about a federal government dominated by Republicans, and the veteran congressman from Auburn should answer them in person.

Opinion

Free speech does not include discrimination

The debate over whether conservative religious wedding vendors have the right to refuse services for same-sex marriage ceremonies has been silenced, at least for the time being. The Washington Supreme Court correctly reaffirmed that it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Opinion

Seahawk Kearse has terse truancy message

Seattle Seahawk receiver Jermaine Kearse, the state's first pro athlete to team up with Mentoring Works Washington, has a robocall message for kids missing too much school: Be in the game every day and get back to class.

Opinion

Marijuana merits warning label

The State Liquor and Cannabis Board has issued a mandatory label law for all marijuana edibles, and it’s about time. Last year, the Washington Poison Center reported 290 calls for possible marijuana poisoning; 20 of those calls were about 2-year-olds.

Opinion

Scouts’ new honor: Be welcoming to transgender boys

The Boy Scouts of America’s recent decision to allow transgender boys has critics saying BSA has sacrificed its last vestige of integrity on the altar of political correctness. We say discrimination has no place in their ranks. Give the Scouts a merit badge for inclusivity.

Opinion

Ban pot or don’t: Decide, Lakewood

Lakewood, like the rest of Washington state, voted in favor of legal and licensed marijuana, but so far, the city’s circumvented the voters’ will by pointing to federal law. Rep. David Sawyer, D-Parkland, is hoping his new bill, HB 1099, will get the city to take a long awaited position on pot.

Opinion

Washington stands against Trump’s border bigotry

Donald Trump has never been one to speak softly, but he’s pleased to carry the proverbial big stick. Now he’s swinging it wildly, kneecapping some of the world’s most desperate people. His executive order against refugees and other immigrants from select Muslim-majority countries must not be tolerated.

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

Wilson tops Shadle Park in state regional thriller to punch ticket to Tacoma Dome 3:05

Wilson tops Shadle Park in state regional thriller to punch ticket to Tacoma Dome

Clover Park can't hang on in season-ending loss to Mountlake Terrace 2:15

Clover Park can't hang on in season-ending loss to Mountlake Terrace