Commentary

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.

Comment: Don’t end successful program for affordable legal aid

A program that allowed legal technicians to provide limited family law advice should be continued.

Comment: Tragedy of Indian boarding schools must be faced

Often dressed in humanitarian language, the schools were used to destroy culture and take land.

Comment: 5 steps we can take to build more affordable housing

We have the partnerships and strategies needed to provide more housing. It’s time to get started.

Comment: State’s police reforms take effect as crime on rise

Some of the reforms are restricting the response and tactics of police seeking to protect the public.

Families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, wait to board a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Viewpoints: Is belief in ‘welcoming the stranger’ wearing thin?

Religious groups have long led efforts to resettle refugees, but white Christians’ support is waning.

Families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, wait to board a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Comment: Delta variant isn’t sending us, economy back inside

With the exception of travel plans, our wallets are now focused on getting out of the house.

Comment: Can’t say we weren’t warned about war in Afghanistan

Viewed from 20 years out, numerous antiwar arguments foretold much of the mess in Afghanistan.

Comment: Criminal justice terms can inflict lasting harm

Shorthand such as felon, convict, juvenile delinquent reduces people to their worst moments and can linger.

Comment: Clouds obscuring efforts to model climate change

Their effects on heat — reflecting it during day, trapping it at night — make predictions difficult.

Comment: During covid, judges’ partisan splits become clear

Courts normally defer to government during emergencies; that hasn’t been the case during the pandemic.

Comment: Solid journalism brought down would-be ‘Jeopardy’ host

A reporter’s commitment to digging uncovered Michael Richards’ troubling background.

Comment: GOP governors should stop fighting covid mandates

State bans against mandates for masks and vaccines go against long-held conservative principles.

Comment: U.S. left Afghanistan; it can still help its women

Years before the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, much was accomplished to push for the rights of women and girls.

Comment: Want to thank health workers? Wear mask, get vaxxed

Doctors, nurses and hospitals are swamped with covid cases. You can easily lighten their burden.

Comment: What Afghan refugees can learn from Vietnamese

Refugees are not always warmly welcomed, but Afghans can find examples of equal treatment here.

Comment: Should vaccination be a factor in who gets ICU care?

Giving priority to those who are vaccinated might seem justified, but medical care is owed to all.

Comment: Murray, Inslee should back removal of Snake’s dams

The river’s salmon may be gone in a matter of years. The plan to remove dams can save them and more.