Gary Holt, who reads bills being considered in the Washington House, wears a mask as he sits behind a plexiglass shield with reflections of state representatives meeting remotely on it, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia Wash. The House was considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: The ‘forgotten astronaut’ and the state GOP

Republican lawmakers in Olympia can appreciate the position of Apollo 11’s Michael Collins.

Gary Holt, who reads bills being considered in the Washington House, wears a mask as he sits behind a plexiglass shield with reflections of state representatives meeting remotely on it, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia Wash. The House was considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Editorial: Joint program connecting homeless families, school

A multi-partner program is removing barriers that keep children out of school and caught in poverty.

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Editorial cartoons for Thursday, May 6

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

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Harrop: Before you ditch that mask, consider its benefits

While we were masked up, flu deaths went down, our faces were warmer and some saved on lipstick.

Fact check: Claims a poor foundation for infrastructure talks

Comparisons of Biden’s and the GOP’s plans haven’t accurately reflected what’s included in each.

Comment: Transition a chance to create a post-pandemic life

The journey of the Israelites out of Egypt offers an example through how they changed their society.

Don Rider served community in numerous groups

Often times we become aware of those citizens who work behind the scenes to make our community a better place. These people are really unsung… Continue reading

Two thoughts on recent letters about Planned Parenthood

I’m responding to two letters to the editor from April 28. One says “The fence around that building is now a constant reminder that abortion… Continue reading

Chauvin verdict not enough to satisfy justice

White privilege. I couldn’t even get those words out of my head as I read County Executive Dave Somers declare that “justice” had been served… Continue reading

Comment: Rhetoric dismissing bridge spending ignores future

Pundits are right that fewer bridges are in poor condition, but they don’t mention the age of most spans.

Comment: Schools, businesses can legally mandate vaccination

Public and private entities have well-established authority to impose vaccination requirements.

Democrats in Congress aren’t doing their jobs

Rep. Rick Larsen, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Pramila Jayapal are not doing their jobs. I as a constituent of the above, have emailed all… Continue reading

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Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, May 5

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A reporter watches the Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election being examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

Editorial: Wyman right to object to Arizona ballot audit

An authority on election integrity, Washington’s secretary of state sees red flags in a rogue recount.

A reporter watches the Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election being examined and recounted by contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, who was hired by the Arizona State Senate at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

Planned Parenthood protest zone not an anti-abortion victory

In regard to a recent letter that said the Planned Parenthood protest zone was a victory for anti-abortion protesters: Honestly! Sidewalk of missing babies of… Continue reading

Why is anyone in military allowed to refuse covid vaccine?

News reports state herd-immunity against covid is becoming elusive, perhaps even impossible, because too many people refuse to be vaccinated. And that, apparently includes up… Continue reading

Balance in opinion pieces is appreciated

Thank you for recent balanced opinion pieces (“The ‘forgotten astronaut’ and the state GOP,” The Herald, April 30), and “Left, right agree on anonymity for… Continue reading

Comment: A few refusing to let the Big Lie and its riots go

A public radio news station is pointing out who, among officials, voted to overturn Biden’s election.

Comment: Child care opponents’ double-talk on who stays home

When conservatives say they want a parent to stay home, they’re talking about mothers.

Comment: Navy shipyards must be part of building back better

To address the fleet’s needs naval shipyards should be updated and new yard added on the West Coast.