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FILE - In this March 9, 1995 file photo, trainer Marcia Hinton pets Lolita, a captive orca whale, during a performance at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami. The new owners of the Miami Seaquarium will no longer stage shows with its aging orca Lolita under an agreement with federal regulators. MS Leisure, a subsidiary of The Dolphin Company, said in a news release it completed acquisition of the Seaquarium on Thursday, March 3, 2022.    (Nuri Vallbona/Miami Herald via AP, File)

Editorial: Give last captured Salish Sea orca shot to return

The orca, taken from Penn Cove in 1970 to a Miami aquarium, should live out her days in home waters.

FILE - In this March 9, 1995 file photo, trainer Marcia Hinton pets Lolita, a captive orca whale, during a performance at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami. The new owners of the Miami Seaquarium will no longer stage shows with its aging orca Lolita under an agreement with federal regulators. MS Leisure, a subsidiary of The Dolphin Company, said in a news release it completed acquisition of the Seaquarium on Thursday, March 3, 2022.    (Nuri Vallbona/Miami Herald via AP, File)
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Editorial: Nursing home residents need volunteer advocates

The pandemic has depleted the number of volunteers who look out for long-term care residents.

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Everett is planning to build connections for existing bike paths, including between Broadway and the trestle's bike/pedestrian path alongside U.S. 2 off of Hewitt Avenue.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Fill ‘pothole’ in state’s transportation package

Having to fill a $2 billion gap in the $16.8 billion plan, lawmakers should avoid cutting projects.

Everett is planning to build connections for existing bike paths, including between Broadway and the trestle's bike/pedestrian path alongside U.S. 2 off of Hewitt Avenue.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
FILE - The sun shines near the Space Needle, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Seattle as Seattle and other cities broke all-time heat records, with temperatures soaring well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius). Weather extremes like this will increase in frequency and intensity in North America the coming years as global warming accelerates, according to a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)

Editorial: Chance to slow, adapt to climate change dwindling

A United Nations panel report warns that climate change is speeding up, making it harder to adapt.

FILE - The sun shines near the Space Needle, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Seattle as Seattle and other cities broke all-time heat records, with temperatures soaring well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius). Weather extremes like this will increase in frequency and intensity in North America the coming years as global warming accelerates, according to a United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)
A relative holds photo of a soldier killed defending Donetsk airport in 2014-15 in a war conflict with Russia-backed separatists during a commemorating ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2019. Ukraine has asked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to expand its monitoring mission in the country, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said Monday after a meeting with the organization's chairman.
 (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Editorial: Our part in helping Ukraine and Ukrainians

Its citizens are determined to fight for their freedom; we can assist by aiding refugees and others.

A relative holds photo of a soldier killed defending Donetsk airport in 2014-15 in a war conflict with Russia-backed separatists during a commemorating ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 20, 2019. Ukraine has asked the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to expand its monitoring mission in the country, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said Monday after a meeting with the organization's chairman.
 (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
This crash in Seattle resulted from a chase that started in Snohomish County after the robbery of a marijuana retail store Thursday night. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office) 20220218

Editorial: Legislature, Congress must update cannabis rules

Ten years after state voters legalized marijuana, the industry and public need more protection.

This crash in Seattle resulted from a chase that started in Snohomish County after the robbery of a marijuana retail store Thursday night. (Snohomish County Sheriff's Office) 20220218
Snohomish County Auditor Garth Fell observes testing of election equipment to tally ballots in the March 10, 2020 presidential primary. (Rachel Riley / The Herald file photo)

Editorial: The work to restore the confidence of voters

Election offices have seen a jump in records requests, while lawmakers consider election reforms.

Snohomish County Auditor Garth Fell observes testing of election equipment to tally ballots in the March 10, 2020 presidential primary. (Rachel Riley / The Herald file photo)
This is what viewers of the public meeting held by the Washington State Redistricting Commission saw during most of its five-hour session. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Editorial: State’s redistricting panel needs more than tweaks

Proposals for public and official review of its maps are a start, but the commission needs a revamp.

This is what viewers of the public meeting held by the Washington State Redistricting Commission saw during most of its five-hour session. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Editorial: Those caring for disabled need better compensation

Better pay elsewhere has discouraged some from working to care for those with disabilities.

Brendan Fellows works on an assignment at the Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center Wednesday morning at Everett Community College on June 3, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Students best use of state’s unexpected revenue

For the sake of families and the state economy, bolster K-12 schools and post-secondary education.

Brendan Fellows works on an assignment at the Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center Wednesday morning at Everett Community College on June 3, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Rita Mangum, 21-year CT technologist at her station at the newly opened Western Washington Medical Group imaging center also host a MRI machine and soon to be installed x-ray machine in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Report offers surprises in our medical care costs

A Washington Health Alliance report finds wide differences in what care costs across the state.

Rita Mangum, 21-year CT technologist at her station at the newly opened Western Washington Medical Group imaging center also host a MRI machine and soon to be installed x-ray machine in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Third grade teacher Lisa Thompson walks by her ten students, separated at six-foot distance, at Eagle Creek Elementary on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Washington. The students wear masks, are six feet from each other in class and after recess ends, get a mask break. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Local health officials should set mask policy

The state schools chief says local health district policy should replace the state’s mask mandate.

Third grade teacher Lisa Thompson walks by her ten students, separated at six-foot distance, at Eagle Creek Elementary on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 in Arlington, Washington. The students wear masks, are six feet from each other in class and after recess ends, get a mask break. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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Warland Hewitt Wight rides through traffic in Everett on Tuesday, March 13. Wight, a full-time bicycle messenger, had his bike stolen and then recovered with the help of courthouse marshal, Mike Anderson.

Photo taken on 03132018

Editorial: Transportation plan can move Washington ahead

The $16.8 billion, 16-year plan makes needed investments for roads, transit, bikes and pedestrians.

Ian Terry / The Herald

Warland Hewitt Wight rides through traffic in Everett on Tuesday, March 13. Wight, a full-time bicycle messenger, had his bike stolen and then recovered with the help of courthouse marshal, Mike Anderson.

Photo taken on 03132018
While emcee Bob Drewel and panelists Cameron Calder (right) and Kathy Coffey listen, panelist Janice Green (center) speaks Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County's Civil Discourse Forum held in the Wilderness Room of the Jackson Center at EvCC.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Editorial: Celebrating our partners in ‘defense of democracy’

The Herald’s honor by the League of Women Voters is one we share with many in the community.

While emcee Bob Drewel and panelists Cameron Calder (right) and Kathy Coffey listen, panelist Janice Green (center) speaks Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County's Civil Discourse Forum held in the Wilderness Room of the Jackson Center at EvCC.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)
A bus drives toward the mountains near Camp Silverton in an undated photo.

Editorial: Kids need a week in the woods for outdoor learning

Camp Silverton is gone, but a bill in the Legislature may provide outdoor education to students.

A bus drives toward the mountains near Camp Silverton in an undated photo.

Reminder: Ballots due today for school levy elections; vote yes

Ballots are due today for the special election, which includes levies for most of Snohomish County’s school districts. Ballots returned by mail must be sent… Continue reading

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Editorial: Taxpayers deserve down-payment on tax reforms

Surplus revenues should allow lawmakers to provide relief through a sales tax holiday or reduction.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks as he gives his annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee gave his speech in the State Reception Room and it was shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Governor’s emergency powers need legislative review

Gov. Inslee’s covid orders have saved lives but should be subject to better checks and balances.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks as he gives his annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee gave his speech in the State Reception Room and it was shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, has proposed a bill to make pickleball the official state sport. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)

Editorial: The importance of pickleball and a dinosaur bone

‘Fun’ bills to name a state sport and a state dinosaur are no less important than ‘serious’ issues.

Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, has proposed a bill to make pickleball the official state sport. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)
Harper Ninaud, 3, holds up her matching letters as parents and their toddlers enjoying reading, songs and activities at the Lake Stevens Library on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Worth of Sno-Isle’s Lake Stevens library now clear

Keeping the relationship between the city and the library system sustains a vital community resource.

Harper Ninaud, 3, holds up her matching letters as parents and their toddlers enjoying reading, songs and activities at the Lake Stevens Library on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)