Commentary

Comment: City’s, county’s self-insurance disadvantages workers

Self-insurance allows claims to be too easily denied. Recent legislation restores some fairness.

 

Comment: Mobile home residents need help to stave off eviction

Site rental fees are increasing beyond what tenants, often seniors, can afford. Immediate aid is necessary.

 

Comment: Public-centered process needed for political borders

Partisan influence affected the state’s legislative redistricting process, forcing late and disruptive changes.

 

Comment: Ruling on abortion pill access may be short-lived

Despite a unanimous decision upholding access to mifepristone, it left open avenues for challenge.

FILE — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and his wife, Martha-Ann, visit the Capitol Rotunda as the Rev. Billy Graham lay in honor there on Feb. 28, 2018. Martha-Ann Alito has built a limited public life since moving to Washington that has mainly centered on apolitical projects and charity work. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

Comment: This conversation may be recorded

It’s not just Supreme Court justices who need worry. Our laws around electronic monitoring are lax.

FILE — Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and his wife, Martha-Ann, visit the Capitol Rotunda as the Rev. Billy Graham lay in honor there on Feb. 28, 2018. Martha-Ann Alito has built a limited public life since moving to Washington that has mainly centered on apolitical projects and charity work. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times)

Comment: Climate crisis requires declaration of World War Zero

We’ve done it before with the New Deal, World War II and the space race; and we can do it again.

Comment: Father’s love includes talking about drugs, alcohol

All dads want to protect and care for their kids. Among the greatest threats are drugs and alcohol.

Comment: Lynnwood’s cannabis ban stifles business, progress

The city council’s reversal of a vote to consider retail marijuana is based on unfounded fears.

Comment: Candidates can pledge civility, integrity to voters

And voters can encourage candidates to sign a pledge offered by Building Bridges and the League of Women Voters.

Comment: Keep kids on schedule for meningococcal vaccines

A proposal before the CDC would delay initial immunization for pre-teens until 16. That’s a bad idea.

Comment: Water, energy, salmon depend on U.S., Canadian talks

Without renewal of a treaty, water draw-downs on the Columbia could endanger salmon and other fish.

FILE - This April 29, 2019 file photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows a grizzly bear and a cub along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states following the animals' resurgence in the Northern Rockies.  (Frank van Manen/The United States Geological Survey via AP,File)

Comment: Grizzly debates a bear of a social interaction problem

Finding consensus on bear conservation and management requires managing human social groups.

FILE - This April 29, 2019 file photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows a grizzly bear and a cub along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states following the animals' resurgence in the Northern Rockies.  (Frank van Manen/The United States Geological Survey via AP,File)

Comment: Refining a cleaner future for aviation in Washington

The CleanTech Alliance is working with others to develop sustainable aviation fuel to limit emissions.

Mrs. Hildenbrand runs through a spelling exercise with her first grade class on the classroom’s Boxlight interactive display board funded by a pervious tech levy on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Comment: What hangs in the balance on levy election nights

After 12 years in classrooms, a teacher reflects on what matters to student engagement and achievement.

Mrs. Hildenbrand runs through a spelling exercise with her first grade class on the classroom’s Boxlight interactive display board funded by a pervious tech levy on Tuesday, March 19, 2024 in Marysville, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Ec0-nomics: What we risk in inching closer to tipping point

We imagine our climate future based on past events; that’s not what we can expect if we don’t act.

FILE — TikTok content creators at a news conference with several House Democrats on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. A bill that would force a sale of TikTok by its Chinese owner, ByteDance — or ban it outright — was passed by the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden; now the process is likely to get even more complicated. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times)

Comment: Why TikTok’s lawsuit of federal ban isn’t all talk

The social media app’s makers are challenging the ban on legitimate First Amendment grounds.

FILE — TikTok content creators at a news conference with several House Democrats on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. A bill that would force a sale of TikTok by its Chinese owner, ByteDance — or ban it outright — was passed by the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden; now the process is likely to get even more complicated. (Haiyun Jiang/The New York Times)
The author’s 19-year-old niece, Veronika, was among seven people killed by a gunman on May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif.

Comment: I lost my niece to gun violence 10 years ago this week

Since then, Washington state voters and lawmakers have taken bold steps to discourage gun violence.

The author’s 19-year-old niece, Veronika, was among seven people killed by a gunman on May 23, 2014, in Isla Vista, Calif.

Comment: Reroute of Harvey Field runway not worth flood risk

Without a projected need for expansion, the work risks flooding impacts to wildlife and residents.

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Comment: 5 thoughts for grads as they enter ‘the real world’

Finding satisfaction, meaning, engagment and good pay in one job is rare, but not impossible.

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Comment: Passing I-2117 would blast hole in transportation fixes

The measure would cut $5.4 billion in funding from work underway on roads, ferries and more.