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Supporters march Wednesday afternoon across from Providence Medical Center in Everett on May 5, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Nurses, health care workers need better support

Setting staffing levels at hospitals, however, may not address a shortage of available nurses.

 

Jeff Thoreson cheers with his students after his class wins a tug-o-war game on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: School levies an investment in kids, communities

Voters in several county school districts are asked to approve levies in a Feb. 8 special election.

 

FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 6, 2021 at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns in front of the Governor's Mansion during a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Washington state Capitol campus and at or near any public demonstration across Washington under a measure that received a remote public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 by the Senate Law and Justice Committee. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: Protect ballots, meetings from armed intimidation

Two proposed state laws would bar firearms possession at election offices and public meetings.

 

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Editorial: Keep ‘Mockingbird’ on Mukilteo ninth-graders’ list

Concerns about the 1960 novel are legitimate, but allow students to learn from those criticisms.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
With long-term care insurance, It's important to look at how the benefits are structured. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Editorial: Fix WA Cares and let it resume its important work

The long-term care program needs modest changes to fairly provide a valuable benefit to seniors.

With long-term care insurance, It's important to look at how the benefits are structured. (Dreamstime/TNS)
FILE - Elementary school teacher Carrie Landheer protests for stronger COVID-19 safety protocols outside Oakland Unified School District headquarters on Jan. 7, 2022, in Oakland, Calif. Officials across the U.S. are again weighing how and whether to impose mask mandates as COVID-19 infections soar and the American public grows weary of pandemic-related restrictions. Much of the debate centers around the nation’s schools, some of which closed due to infection-related staffing issues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Editorial: Keep guard up against covid’s omicron variant

As much as half of the county could be infected by the variant; and hospitalizations are surging.

FILE - Elementary school teacher Carrie Landheer protests for stronger COVID-19 safety protocols outside Oakland Unified School District headquarters on Jan. 7, 2022, in Oakland, Calif. Officials across the U.S. are again weighing how and whether to impose mask mandates as COVID-19 infections soar and the American public grows weary of pandemic-related restrictions. Much of the debate centers around the nation’s schools, some of which closed due to infection-related staffing issues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
Gary Holt, who reads bills being considered in the Washington House, wears a mask as he sits behind a plexiglass shield with reflections of state representatives meeting remotely on it, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia Wash. The House was considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Add your voice to Legislature’s 60-day session

It’ll go quickly, but state lawmakers’ packed agenda includes transportation, policing and the budget.

Gary Holt, who reads bills being considered in the Washington House, wears a mask as he sits behind a plexiglass shield with reflections of state representatives meeting remotely on it, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia Wash. The House was considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns in front of the Governor's Mansion during a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington under a measure being considered by Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: Proposed law against election lies the wrong tool

Gov. Inslee’s concern over election falsehoods is well-founded but his remedy is the wrong approach.

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns in front of the Governor's Mansion during a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington under a measure being considered by Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Lightning Powers, 8, splashes as he comes up for air while swimming in the South Fork Stillaguamish River on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Help tell Tales of Two Rivers and their importance

Residents of the Stillaguamish and Snohomish river basins are asked to tell their stories on video.

Lightning Powers, 8, splashes as he comes up for air while swimming in the South Fork Stillaguamish River on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Internet access in remote zone, power of technology concept. Road sign with wifi signal icon on rural environment, includes copy space.

Editorial: Too few have internet access; that’s set to change

Federal and state infrastructure funding will improve access to a utility as basic as electricity.

Internet access in remote zone, power of technology concept. Road sign with wifi signal icon on rural environment, includes copy space.
New year's holiday concept

Editorial: Make a resolution that brings a more perfect union

Too many are dissatisfied with our government and mistrustful of fellow citizens. Let’s change that.

New year's holiday concept
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Editorial: A look back at 2021 though an editorial lens

A year of consequential news prompted these opinions from The Herald Editorial Board.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee walks past "4 Corners," an artwork by Carl Chew, before speaking, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session, including a plan to offer rebates on the purchase of new and used electric vehicles for qualified buyers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Keep state’s transportation needs in sight

Lawmakers must adopt a package of maintenance and projects that can sustain the state’s economy.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee walks past "4 Corners," an artwork by Carl Chew, before speaking, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session, including a plan to offer rebates on the purchase of new and used electric vehicles for qualified buyers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Ann Enderle R.N. checks on a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho public health leaders have activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 7.  (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)

Editorial: Covid recedes in hospitals, exposing other worries

Hospitals, including Everett’s Providence, point to problems with transfers, staffing and burnout.

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Ann Enderle R.N. checks on a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho public health leaders have activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 7.  (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)
First lady Jill Biden, left, is given a tour of a Growler aircraft by Naval Aviator Lt. Cate Oakley, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash. (Ken Lambert /The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)

Editorial: Renewed shot to resolve dispute over Growler jets

A lawsuit ruling regarding increased flights at the Whidbey Navy base offers a window for talks.

First lady Jill Biden, left, is given a tour of a Growler aircraft by Naval Aviator Lt. Cate Oakley, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash. (Ken Lambert /The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)
A rendering of apartments for the second phase of Housing Hope's Twin Lakes Landing development in Marysville. (Dykeman Architects)

Editorial: Put county tax for affordable housing to voters

The case can be made for modest increase in sales tax to resolve homelessness, affordable housing crisis.

A rendering of apartments for the second phase of Housing Hope's Twin Lakes Landing development in Marysville. (Dykeman Architects)
Courtesy WA Cares

Editorial: Brief delay in WA Cares could allow needed fixes

The payroll tax should be delayed to allow lawmakers time to adjust the program for long-term care.

Courtesy WA Cares
FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo attorneys walk up the steps of the Washington Supreme Court building, the Temple of Justice, in Olympia, Wash. The court on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, unanimously upheld the Washington's tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state's regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax, a tax added on top of other taxes — was passed by the Legislature in 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: Ruling may not be last word on state redistricting

The state Supreme Court accepted the redistricting panel’s work, but limited the scope of its ruling.

FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo attorneys walk up the steps of the Washington Supreme Court building, the Temple of Justice, in Olympia, Wash. The court on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, unanimously upheld the Washington's tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state's regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax, a tax added on top of other taxes — was passed by the Legislature in 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Editorial: Help pick a route for Everett’s transit future

A joint study will gather information on whether to combine Everett Transit and Community Transit.

A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Robert J. Sutherland (Washington State House Republicans)

Editorial: State House covid rules won’t exclude GOP lawmakers

A requirement for vaccination only means those unvaccinated will have to attend sessions remotely.

Robert J. Sutherland (Washington State House Republicans)