Commentary

Comment: Why vaccine skeptics are all in for ivermectin

Convinced of medical science’s alleged ulterior motives, skeptics would rather trust their own ‘research.’

Comment: Pandemic jobless relief ends when it’s most needed

Looking at state data, federal unemployment aid wasn’t keeping people from reentering the labor market.

Comment: During pandemic we’ve seen ‘union difference’ in action

Labor in Washington state was key to assuring worker protections, vaccinations and hazard pay.

Comment: Supreme Court majority has dealt blow to rule of law

Allowing a clearly unconstitutional law to stand threatens the right to the Constitution’s protections.

Comment: There is free lunch for students; it must be better

Universal free school lunches have great potential for student health; if the program’s flaws are fixed.

Comment: BPA’s part in infrastructure bill aids clean energy

Sen. Cantwell deserves support for a proposal to increase the hydropower agency’s borrowing authority.

President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley watch as a Marine Corps carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Biden embarked on a solemn journey Sunday to honor and mourn the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport as their remains return to U.S. soil from Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Comment: Counting Afghanistan war’s costs in blood, treasure

Numbers can’t tell the entire story of 20 years of war, but they provide a basis for understanding.

President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley watch as a Marine Corps carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Biden embarked on a solemn journey Sunday to honor and mourn the 13 U.S. troops killed in the suicide attack near the Kabul airport as their remains return to U.S. soil from Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Comment: County plans for Lord Hill park won’t serve all users

A plan to build bike-only trails would shut out other users and seeks to ‘monentize’ a treasured park.

Comment: Afghanistan’s girls need eyes of America on them

The secret to a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan is no secret at all: It is educated girls.

Comment: Court’s inconsistent shadow-docket use threat to itself

The procedural short cut is often necessary, but recent court justifications have been contradictory.

Comment: Activism behind 1965’s Civil Rights Act needed now

It took a committed, steady effort to pass the landmark law. That same effort can again be made.

Comment: Roe v. Wade not overturned, but it’s dead in Texas

The Supreme Court, in allowing a controversial law to stand, needs to explain why it is avoiding the issue.

Comment: Congress poised to give local news a needed boost

Support is growing for the Local Journalism Sustainability Act, with a tax credit for local subscriptions.

Comment: Finding a measure of order out of Afghanistan’s chaos

In brief remarks and in meeting the families of fallen troops, Biden took steps toward order.

Comment: Ida shows climate’s threat to global food supply

Drought, hurricanes and floods put food production and distribution at increasing risk for disruption.

Comment: There is no silver bullet that can defeat covid-19

As effective as vaccination is, it must be paired with masks, good ventilation and other steps.

Comment: Why statistics can mislead on vaccination’s efficacy

Israel’s higher rate of covid hospitalizations among the vaccinated doesn’t necessarily reflect what’s happening.

Comment: ‘Why is this a thing, Mom?’

Why, for the antimask and antivax crowd, is this a political battle that ignores the needs of children?

Comment: Founders began fight on who pays for infrastructure

Then, it was canals. And it was James Monroe’s interpretation that has prevailed in funding decisions.

Comment: Some schools see dress codes as way to mandate masks

Dress codes have been challenged on free-speech arguments, but they’re seen as part of schools’ authority.

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