Though the high body count of semi-automatic weapons captures Americans’ rapt attention one year after a mass shooting in a Florida high school, the incremental toll from handgun violence is where we really need to focus.
We’re glad students in Bethel, Peninsula and Yelm finally received good news this week with strong voter support for their school bonds. But that doesn’t let Washington lawmakers off the hook to drop the crippling 60-percent approval rule.
More than three years into Washington state’s charter school movement, it’s becoming clear that some schools will succeed on their own merits while others succumb to external forces, even with state funding.
Tacoma should resist getting swept away by soccer stadium hoopla and wait for completion of a feasibility study in the next month or so, especially because public money and land are part of the bargain.
Once again, a pair of Republican state representatives want to ask Congress and President Trump to consent to splitting Washington at the Cascade Mountains. The Legislature won’t entertain the idea. But we will, briefly.
Hairdressers and barbers went to Olympia last week to protest legislation they fear would lead to unfair tax collection. Look on the bright side; at least the state isn’t considering these five rules against their profession.
We strongly urge Peninsula, Bethel and Yelm residents to support their schools on Feb. 12. But it’s inexcusable that the majority of voters in those communities keep getting thwarted by the state’s repressive supermajority barrier.
Owners and patrons of the new Dick’s Drive-In in Kent are upset that Sound Transit might condemn the site. But acquiring property for a long-overdue Puget Sound mass-transit system is the price of progress.
Jay Inslee’s appearances in New Hampshire this week were fairly tame. He and his security detail could spice things up with unexpected side trips, especially in the early presidential primary and caucus states.
Washington state transportation officials ought to shine more light on the highway corridor between Tacoma and Gig Harbor as they tackle the larger problem of inoperative roadway lights around Washington.
The eyes of a restless nation will shift to the U.S. Senate Thursday as Washington state’s senior senator, Democrat Patty Murray, and her colleagues consider a pair of competing proposals to end the partial government shutdown, now in its fifth week.
Washington voters will decide Nov. 6 on Initiative 940, which would change the state's law on police use of deadly forc4e and require more training for officers. The initiative comes after several high-profile police shooting in the state.