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Police were dispatched to an apartment in the 9900 block of Holly Drive in Everett on Wednesday morning, where a man and a woman were found dead. (City of Everett)

Editorial: County’s mayors warn of public safety crisis

Decreases in crime in recent years appear to have reversed, prompting cities to raise the alert.

Police were dispatched to an apartment in the 9900 block of Holly Drive in Everett on Wednesday morning, where a man and a woman were found dead. (City of Everett)
An illustration the planned Lynnwood station for Sound Transit's Link Light Rail, now under construction and scheduled to be completed in 2024. (Sound Transit)

Editorial: Sound Transit’s lax fare policy just isn’t fair

The agency, as it extends light rail to Everett while taxing its residents, must enforce fares.

An illustration the planned Lynnwood station for Sound Transit's Link Light Rail, now under construction and scheduled to be completed in 2024. (Sound Transit)
Esmeralda Bravo, 63, sheds tears while holding a photo of her granddaughter, Nevaeh, one of the Robb Elementary School shooting victims, during a prayer vigil in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Editorial: A mindless loyalty holds back action on gun deaths

With large majorities in favor of tighter restrictions, it’s what prevents work to curb gun deaths.

Esmeralda Bravo, 63, sheds tears while holding a photo of her granddaughter, Nevaeh, one of the Robb Elementary School shooting victims, during a prayer vigil in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Double sunset.  Lake Ballinger, 12-30-18

David Carlos captured this image at Lake Ballinger. "Mother Nature performed a show of her own," he says. He used a Sony A7iii camera.

Editorial: A Terrace creek puts infrastructure plan to work

Restoring Hall Creek’s meandering path will treat stormwater while providing a natural park.

Double sunset.  Lake Ballinger, 12-30-18

David Carlos captured this image at Lake Ballinger. "Mother Nature performed a show of her own," he says. He used a Sony A7iii camera.
Fire destroyed much of the town of Malden, Washington in 2020 after a tree reportedly snapped and fell into power lines operated by Avista. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin, file)

Editorial: Return of wildfire season brings new concern

Utilities in the state will need to pay more attention to risks to powerlines from wind and trees.

Fire destroyed much of the town of Malden, Washington in 2020 after a tree reportedly snapped and fell into power lines operated by Avista. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin, file)
Ballots for Tuesday's election are due by 8 p.m. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Editorial: New districts, more make for vital election season

Voters should check to see if they’re in a new district and prepare for consequential elections.

Ballots for Tuesday's election are due by 8 p.m. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Ferries pass on a crossing between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Editorial: Up to graduates to take us where we want to go

A lack of workers has limited Amtrak and the state ferry system. Graduates need to train for those jobs.

Ferries pass on a crossing between Mukilteo and Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)
The COVID-19 ward at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in May 2020. (Andy Bronson / Herald file) 20200519

Editorial: Even after 1 million deaths, covid fight isn’t over

Most of us have put away masks, but case counts are rising again and vigilance is still paramount.

The COVID-19 ward at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett in May 2020. (Andy Bronson / Herald file) 20200519
Members of PRISM close out a dance off Friday afternoon at the Stanwood-Camano YMCA in Stanwood, Washington on March 3, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Marysville board must keep focus on students’ needs

Discussion of LGBTQ clubs must tune out the culture war noise and focus on students and families.

Members of PRISM close out a dance off Friday afternoon at the Stanwood-Camano YMCA in Stanwood, Washington on March 3, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
A tiny homes program that opened in early July began with each unit claimed and a wait list of 60. Here Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project on June 29, 2021 in Everett. (Katie Hayes / Herald file)

Editorial: Edmonds ‘camping’ ban won’t solve homelessness

The city first must be able to offer shelter opportunities before forcing people off the streets.

A tiny homes program that opened in early July began with each unit claimed and a wait list of 60. Here Patrick Diller, head of community partnerships for Pallet, discusses the Pallet Shelter Pilot Project on June 29, 2021 in Everett. (Katie Hayes / Herald file)
Freshman and sophomore girls from high schools in Snohomish County build wooden tool boxes as an introduction to the Regional Apprenticeship Pathways program at Marysville Pilchuck High School on Thursday, May 5, 2022. (Jon Bauer / The Herald)

Editorial: Trades program building students’ careers and lives

Girls Build introduced high school students to building trades apprenticeships and careers.

Freshman and sophomore girls from high schools in Snohomish County build wooden tool boxes as an introduction to the Regional Apprenticeship Pathways program at Marysville Pilchuck High School on Thursday, May 5, 2022. (Jon Bauer / The Herald)
Leadership skill to lead company in crisis situation, manage to solve risky problem concept, confidence businessman leader acrobat walk balance on danger high rope and try to solve tightrope problem.

Editorial: Closer to tax reforms, work group must find accord

With proposals ready for more analysis, the work group must reach consensus to fix an unfair system.

Leadership skill to lead company in crisis situation, manage to solve risky problem concept, confidence businessman leader acrobat walk balance on danger high rope and try to solve tightrope problem.
Swift Orange Line planned 2024 routes. (Community Transit)

Editorial: The future’s riding on wheels of a bus

Innovation and investment in a new bus rapid transit route and electric buses can get us where we’re going.

Swift Orange Line planned 2024 routes. (Community Transit)
FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo a woman holds a Puff Bar flavored disposable vape device in New York. The Food and Drug Administration says it will soon begin cracking down on vaping companies that have used a now-closed loophole to escape federal oversight, including the company behind a line of fruit-flavored e-cigarettes that have become the top choice among teenagers.  Under a new law taking effect Thursday, April 14, 2022, the FDA can regulate e-cigarettes and similar products that use synthetic nicotine. (AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel)

Editorial: Playing whack-a-mole against teen use of nicotine

State and federal officials got in two good whacks against e-cigarette makers but the game isn’t over.

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo a woman holds a Puff Bar flavored disposable vape device in New York. The Food and Drug Administration says it will soon begin cracking down on vaping companies that have used a now-closed loophole to escape federal oversight, including the company behind a line of fruit-flavored e-cigarettes that have become the top choice among teenagers.  Under a new law taking effect Thursday, April 14, 2022, the FDA can regulate e-cigarettes and similar products that use synthetic nicotine. (AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel)
Photo by Bob VonDrachek
Shot this morning (3/8/21) from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.  The whales were pretty far off shore at the time in mid channel.

Editorial: Gray whales a reminder of what must be protected

The death of one whale and the visit of others calls to the impacts they and their habitat face.

Photo by Bob VonDrachek
Shot this morning (3/8/21) from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.  The whales were pretty far off shore at the time in mid channel.
Speaking from the McLane Creek Nature Trail west of Olympia, Wash. on Wednesday, April 6,2022 Washington state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announces an inaugural carbon project which will be located in selected locations on state trust lands. Joined by regional tribal leaders, representatives from the carbon market industry along with the environmental community. Franz outlined the agency's goals that include offsetting carbon emissions while the preserving thousands of acres of Western Washington's more ecologically valuable forest land. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian via AP)

Editorial: A price on carbon will keep forests saving climate

A new DNR program will use carbon-offset credits to preserve state forestland and bring in revenue.

Speaking from the McLane Creek Nature Trail west of Olympia, Wash. on Wednesday, April 6,2022 Washington state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announces an inaugural carbon project which will be located in selected locations on state trust lands. Joined by regional tribal leaders, representatives from the carbon market industry along with the environmental community. Franz outlined the agency's goals that include offsetting carbon emissions while the preserving thousands of acres of Western Washington's more ecologically valuable forest land. (Steve Bloom/The Olympian via AP)
In this photo made on Thursday, May 6, 2021, a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E is seen as it is charging at a Ford dealer in Wexford, Pa.  Ford is spinning off its electric vehicles and internal combustion businesses into separate units. The automaker said Wednesday, March 2, 2022 that its plan includes two distinct, but strategically interdependent, auto businesses – Ford Blue and Ford Model e.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Editorial: Switch to electric cars making increasing sense

A state goal will require new car sales be for electrics by 2030, but many may want to switch sooner.

In this photo made on Thursday, May 6, 2021, a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E is seen as it is charging at a Ford dealer in Wexford, Pa.  Ford is spinning off its electric vehicles and internal combustion businesses into separate units. The automaker said Wednesday, March 2, 2022 that its plan includes two distinct, but strategically interdependent, auto businesses – Ford Blue and Ford Model e.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Students line up for meals Wednesday afternoon at Shoultes Elementary School in Marysville on October 24, 2018.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Voters can help rewrite Marysville schools story

The district has listened to voters, trimmed its levy requests and has made leadership changes.

Students line up for meals Wednesday afternoon at Shoultes Elementary School in Marysville on October 24, 2018.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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: We can repudiate racism without erasing history

Wiping ugly history from textbooks, language and documents only serves to protect racism.

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: Steps to protect public, police will honor officer

During her state of the city address, Everett’s mayor outlines what’s needed to confront crime.