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FILE - In this May 21, 2021 file photo, a person holds a mask while walking outside in Philadelphia.  New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus. Recommending masks for everyone and requiring vaccines for doctors and other health care providers are among measures the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering, Friday, July 30. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Editorial: Our covid battle isn’t over; we must again mask up

The delta variant spreads even among whose who are vaccinated, meaning a return to masking indoors.

 

Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel is predicting 34 percent of the county’s registered voters will cast ballots. FILE PHOTO  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: A recap of endorsements for the Aug. 3 primary

The Herald Editorial Board makes the following endorsements for primary races in the county.

 

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Editorial: Crank, Distelhorst for Edmonds City Council seats

Both have the experience and commitment to solutions needed on housing and other city issues.

 

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Editorial: Gobel best choice for Marysville council seat

Perspective and focus offer the contrast among three strong candidates for the council’s Postion 1.

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Editorial: Best choices for Marysville, Everett school boards

Marysville voters should move two fathers on to November. Everett’s Mitchell deserves reelection.

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Editorial: Schwab, Zarlingo for new Everett council positions

In a field of strong candidates, both have experience to help a newly formed council begin its work.

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Editorial: Eck and Coehlo, Decker, Binda best on Lynnwood ballot

A growing and vibrant community can add to the city council’s experience, knowledge and diversity.

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Editorial: Frizzell best choice for mayor of growing Lynnwood

Of three closely matched candidates, Frizzell is the best choice to succeed the current mayor.

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Editorial: Nehring’s record warrants return to county council

The District 1 council member has led constructive efforts and sought out bipartisan consensus.

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Detail of Sound Transit Link light rail route in Everett.

Editorial: Delay for Everett light rail disappointing reality

Cost increases mean a delay past 2036 but closer financial tabs could help Sound Transit speed arrival.

Detail of Sound Transit Link light rail route in Everett.
With other officials behind her, u.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) speaks at a press conference underneath the US 2 trestle on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. The elected officials gathered  to make their case for how an injection of federal funds into the nation’s transportation infrastructure could lead to less congested and safer commutes for Snohomish County residents. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Don’t let compromise water down vital investments

A deal among Congress and Biden still must make bold investments for our economy, jobs and climate.

With other officials behind her, u.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) speaks at a press conference underneath the US 2 trestle on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. The elected officials gathered  to make their case for how an injection of federal funds into the nation’s transportation infrastructure could lead to less congested and safer commutes for Snohomish County residents. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Editorial: City can’t miss bus on future for transit services

Everett officials are right to move forward on proposals for the future of bus service in the city.

A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015 file photo, a tanker airplane drops fire retardant on a wildfire burning near Twisp, Wash. Three firefighters were killed battling the blaze. The story was a top Washington state news item in 2015. Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has proposed a plan to strengthen the ways that Washington can prevent and respond to wildfires. Franz released the 10-year plan last week as part of her $55 million budget request to the Legislature to improve the state's firefighting abilities (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: We are the first line of defense against wildfires

With record highs and drying vegetation, great care is needed heading into wildfire season.

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015 file photo, a tanker airplane drops fire retardant on a wildfire burning near Twisp, Wash. Three firefighters were killed battling the blaze. The story was a top Washington state news item in 2015. Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has proposed a plan to strengthen the ways that Washington can prevent and respond to wildfires. Franz released the 10-year plan last week as part of her $55 million budget request to the Legislature to improve the state's firefighting abilities (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Seattle Mariners' Taylor Trammell is greeted at home by J.P. Crawford after hitting a solo home run on a pitch from Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez during the sixth inning a baseball game, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Editorial: Lifting restrictions doesn’t mean pandemic is over

Yes, let’s get back to our lives, but we have work to do to increase the number of those vaccinated.

Seattle Mariners' Taylor Trammell is greeted at home by J.P. Crawford after hitting a solo home run on a pitch from Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez during the sixth inning a baseball game, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Jim Martin, owner of Espresso Connection, feels the heat from a vent at one of his Marysville coffee stands, closed for the afternoon due to excessive heat, on Monday, June 28, 2021 in Marysville, Wash. (Andy Bronson/The Herald via AP)

Editorial: Record heat stark reminder of climate action need

Recent high temperatures should dry up our complacency regarding the effects of climate change.

Jim Martin, owner of Espresso Connection, feels the heat from a vent at one of his Marysville coffee stands, closed for the afternoon due to excessive heat, on Monday, June 28, 2021 in Marysville, Wash. (Andy Bronson/The Herald via AP)
Boeing workers walk outside of Boeing's Everett assembly plant on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Counting the costs of Boeing-Airbus trade battles

Government subsidies and the tariffs that resulted hurt trade and allowed a competitor to rise.

Boeing workers walk outside of Boeing's Everett assembly plant on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Joel Gardiner, left, embraces his new bride Mandi Gardiner as officiant Brooke Bakogeorge steps away after marrying the couple at the arch separating the U.S. from Canada at Peace Arch Historical State Park Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Gardiner, of Canada, walked across the border at the park into the U.S. earlier in the day to wed his American sweetheart. The border has been closed to nonessential travel since March 2020, but Canadians have been allowed to walk over a ditch into the U.S. park and weddings have become routine there. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Editorial: Allow fully vaccinated to cross U.S.-Canda border

The recent extension of the border’s closure is unnecessary for those protected by covid vaccines.

Joel Gardiner, left, embraces his new bride Mandi Gardiner as officiant Brooke Bakogeorge steps away after marrying the couple at the arch separating the U.S. from Canada at Peace Arch Historical State Park Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Gardiner, of Canada, walked across the border at the park into the U.S. earlier in the day to wed his American sweetheart. The border has been closed to nonessential travel since March 2020, but Canadians have been allowed to walk over a ditch into the U.S. park and weddings have become routine there. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., right, uses her gavel to begin a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021, to examine the COVID-19 response and recovery and how to support students in higher education and safely return to campus. Ranking member Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is at left. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Editorial: Court secures ACA but work remains for Congress

Congress still must deliver on Obamacare’s promises. A public option could complete the ACA’s goals.

Senate Health Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., right, uses her gavel to begin a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021, to examine the COVID-19 response and recovery and how to support students in higher education and safely return to campus. Ranking member Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is at left. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Scenes from Everett High School graduation at Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, June 15, 2018 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Investment in foster youths offers path to diploma

Treehouse’s Graduation Success hopes to help more foster youths to continue to college and careers.

Scenes from Everett High School graduation at Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, June 15, 2018 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Temple of Justice is shown Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., as Washington state Supreme Court justices hear oral arguments inside — but using remote video technology — in a case that addresses the safety of prison inmates during the coronavirus outbreak. Justices used remote video technology to conduct the court business and distance themselves from each other while broadcasting the arguments to viewers. During the hearing, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and crime victims held a news conference to protest the release of some offenders. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Courts, lawmakers shouldn’t make call on who’s media

Denying public records to a YouTube channel could risk the people’s access to what belongs to them.

The Temple of Justice is shown Thursday, April 23, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., as Washington state Supreme Court justices hear oral arguments inside — but using remote video technology — in a case that addresses the safety of prison inmates during the coronavirus outbreak. Justices used remote video technology to conduct the court business and distance themselves from each other while broadcasting the arguments to viewers. During the hearing, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and crime victims held a news conference to protest the release of some offenders. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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