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The 2022 Bolt EV, foreground, and EUV are displayed, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Milford, Mich. Whether people want them or not, automakers are rolling out multiple new electric vehicle models as the auto industry responds to stricter pollution regulations worldwide and calls to reduce emissions to fight climate change.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Editorial: Goal or mandate, encourage move to electric cars

Legislation has advanced to set a goal that new sales after 2030 be of electric vehicles only.

The 2022 Bolt EV, foreground, and EUV are displayed, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Milford, Mich. Whether people want them or not, automakers are rolling out multiple new electric vehicle models as the auto industry responds to stricter pollution regulations worldwide and calls to reduce emissions to fight climate change.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Mobile phone personal data and cyber security threat concept. Cellphone fraud. Smartphone hacked with illegal spyware, ransomware or trojan software. Hacker doing online scam. Antivirus error.

Editorial: Adopt protections for internet users’ personal data

State legislation would offer consumers more control in how their information is used and sold.

Mobile phone personal data and cyber security threat concept. Cellphone fraud. Smartphone hacked with illegal spyware, ransomware or trojan software. Hacker doing online scam. Antivirus error.
The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Cost increase can’t risk ST3’s ‘spine’ to Everett jobs

A $11.5 billion shortfall shouldn’t be used to justify cuts that would limit light rail service here.

The Lynnwood Link light rail extension breached the 25% milestone for construction in Mountlake Terrace shot on Wednesday December 16, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Project Roxy is a proposed 2.8 million square foot distribution center that would be built on a 75-acre parcel at the Cascade Industrial Center. The rendering depicts the proposed project at 4620 172nd Street in Arlington from a northwest perspective.

Editorial: Update tax break for Cascade Industrial Center jobs

Legislation would allow the incentive to be offered again, while encouraging family-wage jobs.

Project Roxy is a proposed 2.8 million square foot distribution center that would be built on a 75-acre parcel at the Cascade Industrial Center. The rendering depicts the proposed project at 4620 172nd Street in Arlington from a northwest perspective.
Side view of a woman sitting in a car holding a steering wheel and looking on the road. Young African American woman driving the car. Cropped shot of an unrecognizable woman driving her car

Editorial: Unpaid traffic tickets shouldn’t bring loss of jobs

Suspension of driver’s licenses for unpaid fines forces inequitable economic hardships on many.

Side view of a woman sitting in a car holding a steering wheel and looking on the road. Young African American woman driving the car. Cropped shot of an unrecognizable woman driving her car
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman arrives to talk to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Judge’s rebuke of Eyman protects initiative process

Along with a $2.6 million fine, the ruling places restrictions on Eyman’s future initiative campaigns.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman arrives to talk to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Marysville Pilchuck soccer player Edgar Martinez  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Schools need to retire Native American mascots

Legislation would bar the use of demeaning Indian names and mascots by public schools and teams.

Marysville Pilchuck soccer player Edgar Martinez  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Aylani Lewis, holds up a banner sporting over 600 salmon cutouts, as she and the Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary students walk around the ballroom at The Billy Frank Jr. Pacific Salmon Summit at Tulalip Resort & Casino on Monday, March 19, 2018 in Tulalip Reservation, Wa. The summit, hosted by the Tulalip Tribes, is a new effort to jump-start cooperation between the tribes and Washington state government to restore salmon populations. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Indian rights leader’s statue should stand in D.C.

Billy Frank Jr., who won recognition of fishing rights and protected fish habitat, should be honored.

Aylani Lewis, holds up a banner sporting over 600 salmon cutouts, as she and the Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary students walk around the ballroom at The Billy Frank Jr. Pacific Salmon Summit at Tulalip Resort & Casino on Monday, March 19, 2018 in Tulalip Reservation, Wa. The summit, hosted by the Tulalip Tribes, is a new effort to jump-start cooperation between the tribes and Washington state government to restore salmon populations. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The new Everett Community College President Daria Willis on campus on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Maintain investment in higher ed and its students

Funding for financial aid and for public colleges must remain a top priority for state lawmakers.

The new Everett Community College President Daria Willis on campus on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Dinosaur hunters are staring with horrible yellow eyes.

Editorial: Naming a state dinosaur worth state lawmakers’ time

Kids are learning about dinosaurs and about how government works and sometimes requires persistence.

Dinosaur hunters are staring with horrible yellow eyes.
People are given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Give teachers a cut in line for covid vaccine

It’s worth considering to get kids back in classrooms, but schools can work to open safely for all.

People are given the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, at a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Armed citizens stand vigil in Snohomish on June 1 following a hoax that threatened businesses with vandalism and looting. Declinging to identifying themselves, the man said they were there to “keep business owners and businesses safe. We don’t need our little town torn apart.” (Ian Davis-Leonard / Herald file photo)

Editorial: Leave firearms out of protests, public spaces

A state Senate bill would bar the open carry of firearms at demonstrations and the capitol grounds.

Armed citizens stand vigil in Snohomish on June 1 following a hoax that threatened businesses with vandalism and looting. Declinging to identifying themselves, the man said they were there to “keep business owners and businesses safe. We don’t need our little town torn apart.” (Ian Davis-Leonard / Herald file photo)
Catherine Berwicks loads ballots into a tray after scanning them at the Snohomish County Elections Ballot Processing Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Remove unhelpful ‘advisory’ measures from ballots

The measures provide no useful information to lawmakers and offer no context to inform voters.

Catherine Berwicks loads ballots into a tray after scanning them at the Snohomish County Elections Ballot Processing Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

Photo taken on 06072017

Editorial: Yes to gas tax hike, but this has to be the last

Transportation needs must be funded, but the gas tax is dwindling as a sustainable revenue source.

Ian Terry / The Herald

Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

Photo taken on 06072017
Arlington Fire Chief Dave Kraski outside Station #46 downtown. (Arlington Times)

Editorial: Arlington voters should approve fire agency merger

Merger of its fire department with North County Fire will maintain those services affordably.

Arlington Fire Chief Dave Kraski outside Station #46 downtown. (Arlington Times)
The U.S. Capitol building is prepared for the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as the "Field of Flags" are placed on the ground on the National Mall on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. in Washington, DC. Approximately 191,500 flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, for the inauguration. (Joe Raedle/Pool vias AP)

Editorial: The oath we must take after every election

We can’t address solutions to our challenges until we accept the election of those who represent us.

The U.S. Capitol building is prepared for the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as the "Field of Flags" are placed on the ground on the National Mall on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. in Washington, DC. Approximately 191,500 flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, for the inauguration. (Joe Raedle/Pool vias AP)
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2009 file photo, a pressman pulls a copy of one of the final editions of the Rocky Mountain News off the press in the Washington Street Printing Plant of the Denver Newspaper Agency in Denver. A survey by Gallup and the Knight Foundation released on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, finds Democrats much more willing than Republicans to see government funding help local news sources. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Editorial: Restating our commitment to discourse and debate

To move beyond the last four years’ divisiveness, we need more discussion from varied viewpoints.

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2009 file photo, a pressman pulls a copy of one of the final editions of the Rocky Mountain News off the press in the Washington Street Printing Plant of the Denver Newspaper Agency in Denver. A survey by Gallup and the Knight Foundation released on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, finds Democrats much more willing than Republicans to see government funding help local news sources. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, a marijuana plant awaits transplanting at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company near Shelton, Wash. Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal marijuana market, officials are proposing their most ambitious overhaul yet of the way the industry is regulated, with plans for boosting minority ownership of pot businesses, spreading out oversight among a range of state agencies, and letting the smallest cannabis producers increase the size of the operations in an effort to help them become more competitive. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: Adults should be allowed to grow cannabis at home

A bill has returned to allow residents, as they are in other states, to grow their own marijuana.

FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, a marijuana plant awaits transplanting at the Hollingsworth Cannabis Company near Shelton, Wash. Five years after Washington launched its pioneering legal marijuana market, officials are proposing their most ambitious overhaul yet of the way the industry is regulated, with plans for boosting minority ownership of pot businesses, spreading out oversight among a range of state agencies, and letting the smallest cannabis producers increase the size of the operations in an effort to help them become more competitive. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, an electronic sign warns travellers to maintain social distance in the terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver.  Two airline passengers who got into disturbances after allegedly not wearing face masks now face potential fines. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday, Dec. 18,  that it is seeking civil penalties of $15,000 and $7,500 over two separate incidents. Both happened in August.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Editorial: ‘This is your captain speaking: Settle down!’

Unruly and unmasked passengers are a threat to flight safety and risk spreading the pandemic.

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, an electronic sign warns travellers to maintain social distance in the terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver.  Two airline passengers who got into disturbances after allegedly not wearing face masks now face potential fines. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday, Dec. 18,  that it is seeking civil penalties of $15,000 and $7,500 over two separate incidents. Both happened in August.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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