Commentary

Commentary: Let people decide on state’s death penalty

Two prosecutors outline their concerns if the Legislature ends the use of capital punishment.

 

Commentary: Amazon not using its leverage to help LGTBQ cause

The retail giant was key to LGTBQ causes in Washington state, but it can do more in other states.

 

Commentary: Fight opioid crisis through health, recovery

When the problems are mental illness and addiction, chasing crisis calls is costly and doesn’t work.

 

Viewpoints: Does ‘target-hardening’ schools make things worse?

Emphasizing security has the potential to change how teachers, students and staff see one another.

Commentary: Majorities do want some limits on gun sales

The NRA’s blanket rejection of any measure means that we have to assert our wishes on firearm laws.

Robinson: Trump duped those who bought his populist promises

The man who campaigned as the champion of the working class is governing as the robber-in-chief.

Commentary: Ending death penalty could help solve cold cases

The money saved on death penalty trials is better spent to investigate unsolved murders and rapes.

Commentary: Fighting the opioid epidemic by understanding it

Just as a doctor would, we need to fully assess the patient and his or her particular condition.

Viewpoints: Some scientists wear hardhats, not lab coats

Myths about science shouldn’t keep students from considering a range of rewarding careers.

Commentary: A look at changes to state, local school levies

While the state increased school funding with its property tax, districts still need local levies.

Commentary: What Everett School’s bond and levy will fund

The Everett School District’s bond and levy will help it prepare students for high-demand careers.

Commentary: Fossil fuel-free future for state is within sight

Edmonds has it right. And the state can take steps to move to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

Commentary: Handcuffs and jail cells won’t solve opioid crisis

It’s more humane — and cost-effective — if we connect those with addictions to treatment and services.

Viewpoints: The sad state of the State of the Union

The annual ceremony is broken and has directed the intended focus of government away from Congress.

Commentary: Help complete Lake Stevens’ long quest for library

Lake Stevens has outgrown a library that hasn’t changed in size in 30 years. Vote yes on Feb. 13.

Commentary: Dentists need to be part of the opioid discussion

Dentists need proper training, especially on how to advise patients on pain management.

Commentary: Regional players respond to opioid crisis as team

Using disaster response as a model, a multi-agency group is coordinating the response to the crisis.

Viewpoints: What a billionaire’s budget can buy

It can be hard to fathom the worth of a billion dollars, and that keeps us from grasping inequality.

Commentary: A tip-credit would be more fair than wage hikes

The state’s minimum wage increase is working against many in restaurants. Here’s a better idea.

Commentary: Flu presents a moving target for yearly vaccine

While the vaccine’s effectiveness can vary year to year, it’s still the best way to avoid influenza.