Recent news that downtown Tacoma’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration is canceled didn’t do 2018 any favors. A smaller event that the city is scrambling to put together could lift our collective spirits.
Hate crimes are historically underreported, often because victims grow accustomed to abusive treatment, fear a backlash or don’t trust authorities. You can bet Tacoma is no exception. Nor are its suburban neighbors
The off-again, on-again state Senate investigation of Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, shows that the Washington Legislature still has work to do in determining best practices for sexual misconduct investigations.
Attempts to save the whales should not result in creating scapegoats. Legislators should be wary of a recommendation by the Southern Resident Orca Task Force to suspend all boat viewing of the endangered creatures for three to five years.
The Pierce County Council should lower the $250,000 accountability threshold and stop letting executive office staff make legal settlement decisions in a vault. Bring them out into the fishbowl, pronto.
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.