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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, second from left, listens to a question, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Seattle, as he stands near a chart detailing increases in overdoses and hospital stays relating to opioid use in Washington state. Ferguson said Thursday that the state and the city of Seattle are filing lawsuits against several makers of opioids, including Purdue Pharma, seeking to recoup costs incurred by government when the drugs -- which many officials blame for a national addiction crisis -- are abused. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Purdue opioid settlement far short of justice

Washington AG Bob Ferguson is correct to appeal the Sackler family’s bankruptcy settlement.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, second from left, listens to a question, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Seattle, as he stands near a chart detailing increases in overdoses and hospital stays relating to opioid use in Washington state. Ferguson said Thursday that the state and the city of Seattle are filing lawsuits against several makers of opioids, including Purdue Pharma, seeking to recoup costs incurred by government when the drugs -- which many officials blame for a national addiction crisis -- are abused. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
An artist's illustration shows an aerial view of the Twin Lakes Landing II development in Marysville. Housng Hope's affordable-housing development will have 60 units of two- and three-bedroom apartments. (Dykeman Architecture + Design)

Editorial: Efforts for affordable housing need our support

Housing Hope’s latest development will house 60 county families. Hundreds more are waiting.

An artist's illustration shows an aerial view of the Twin Lakes Landing II development in Marysville. Housng Hope's affordable-housing development will have 60 units of two- and three-bedroom apartments. (Dykeman Architecture + Design)
Members of the Marysville School Board leave a meeting on Aug. 18 as anti-mask protesters heckle them. (Jeremy Milam via Facebook) 20210818

Editorial: Mob’s actions at school board meeting unacceptable

Protesters’ verbal abuse and disruption of a Marysville School Board meeting should not be tolerated.

Members of the Marysville School Board leave a meeting on Aug. 18 as anti-mask protesters heckle them. (Jeremy Milam via Facebook) 20210818
Children accompanied by their families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal before boarding a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Editorial: Welcoming refugees to county serves all involved

Helping resettle Afghan families honors the word of the U.S. and our state’s moral traditions.

Children accompanied by their families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal before boarding a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo, a voter turns sideways as he eyes the opening of a ballot drop box before placing his ballot inside it in Seattle. A record number of voters participating in November's election was among Washington state's top stories for 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Editorial: Senate Democrats must advance voting rights bills

H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 are vital to voting rights and democracy. The filibuster shouldn’t prevent a vote.

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo, a voter turns sideways as he eyes the opening of a ballot drop box before placing his ballot inside it in Seattle. A record number of voters participating in November's election was among Washington state's top stories for 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
People sit outside of the County Public Meeting Room to fill out and turn in their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Baseless claims of fraud threaten voter confidence

Without evidence of fraud, it’s those alleging irregularities who are a threat to election integrity.

People sit outside of the County Public Meeting Room to fill out and turn in their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Republican Sen. John Braun talks to the media after Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State address that focused on the issue of homelessness, in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019. Braun said that more focus needs to be put on the root causes of homelessness. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Editorial: Differing points on mandates need reason, respect

Officials must take more care in how they argue their points about the measures used to fight covid.

Republican Sen. John Braun talks to the media after Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State address that focused on the issue of homelessness, in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019. Braun said that more focus needs to be put on the root causes of homelessness. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
Some hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16. 2021. Thousands of Afghans have rushed onto the tarmac of Kabul’s international airport, some so desperate to escape the Taliban capture of their country that they held onto an American military jet as it took off and fell to their death. (Verified UGC via AP)

Editorial: Our duty and privilege to accept Afghan refugees

In 1975, Gov. Evans invited Vietnamese refugees to the state. Afghan refugees now need similar help.

Some hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16. 2021. Thousands of Afghans have rushed onto the tarmac of Kabul’s international airport, some so desperate to escape the Taliban capture of their country that they held onto an American military jet as it took off and fell to their death. (Verified UGC via AP)
Alaina Livingston, a 4th grade teacher at Silver Furs Elementary, receives her Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic for Everett School District teachers and staff at Evergreen Middle School on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Delta variant is playing hardball; so must we

A mask requirement is the right call, as is a vaccine mandate for state workers. Teachers should be next.

Alaina Livingston, a 4th grade teacher at Silver Furs Elementary, receives her Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic for Everett School District teachers and staff at Evergreen Middle School on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo. A United Nations report released on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 says humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Editorial: The UN climate report, ‘The Lorax’ and us

The report and the Dr. Seuss classic offer a dire warning — and hope — for responding to climate change.

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo. A United Nations report released on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 says humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Jean Kinity, left, and Sandra Barton chats as they try out the new recumbent bikes at the Carl Gipson Senior Center's new fitness room on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Pact turns senior center over to trusted steward

Under the Volunteers of America, Everett’s Carl Gipson Senior Center can resume its vital services.

Jean Kinity, left, and Sandra Barton chats as they try out the new recumbent bikes at the Carl Gipson Senior Center's new fitness room on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Police investigate a shooting at the corner of Rucker and Everett avenues April 10 2020. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Editorial: Take time to implement, adjust police reforms

State lawmakers’ reforms created a daunting to-do list for police; work remains to make the goals real.

Police investigate a shooting at the corner of Rucker and Everett avenues April 10 2020. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Abel Villafan, center, looks on as his wife Maria, right, gets the second shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Cecilia Valdovinos, left, Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, Wash. Villafan, who drives tractors and other machinery at Roy Farms, a hops and fruit producer in Moxee, Wash., also got his second shot Thursday. In Washington state, seasonal workers who are beginning to arrive to join year-round employees to work on hops farms and in cherry and apple orchards became eligible for the vaccine earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: What’s it going to take to get more vaccinated?

The vaccines are safe, effective and our best hope to keep kids in schools, learning and healthy.

Abel Villafan, center, looks on as his wife Maria, right, gets the second shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from Cecilia Valdovinos, left, Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, Wash. Villafan, who drives tractors and other machinery at Roy Farms, a hops and fruit producer in Moxee, Wash., also got his second shot Thursday. In Washington state, seasonal workers who are beginning to arrive to join year-round employees to work on hops farms and in cherry and apple orchards became eligible for the vaccine earlier in the month. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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.

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)
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.

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