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FILE - A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train, is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 26, 2015. The California High-Speed Rail Authority's biennial business plan, released Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, shows the estimated cost of the project rising by about $5 billion, compared to the 2020 plan, up to as much as $105 billion. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Editorial: Bullet train study should include other options

The state’s $150 million, joined by federal funds, will look at a bullet train between Portland and B.C.

FILE - A full-scale mock-up of a high-speed train, is displayed at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., on Feb. 26, 2015. The California High-Speed Rail Authority's biennial business plan, released Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, shows the estimated cost of the project rising by about $5 billion, compared to the 2020 plan, up to as much as $105 billion. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
March For Our Rights on the capitol campus. April 27th, 2019.

Editorial: Voters shouldn’t ignore Rep. Sutherland’s reprimand

The 39th District Republican representative will have new voters this year he will need to answer to.

March For Our Rights on the capitol campus. April 27th, 2019.
Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane), second from right, confers with Sen. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, right, in front of Sen. June Robinson's, D-Everett, desk on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, during debate over a measure that authorizes legislative leaders to terminate any state of emergency called by the governor after 90 days if the Legislature is not in session. The measure passed the Democratic-led Senate chamber and now heads to the House, also held by Democrats, for consideration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Voters can make call on lawmakers’ success, failure

Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature staked out clear budget and tax positions this year.

Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane), second from right, confers with Sen. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, right, in front of Sen. June Robinson's, D-Everett, desk on the Senate floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, during debate over a measure that authorizes legislative leaders to terminate any state of emergency called by the governor after 90 days if the Legislature is not in session. The measure passed the Democratic-led Senate chamber and now heads to the House, also held by Democrats, for consideration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
State Representative of the 38th Legislative District Emily Wicks raises hand during her virtual swearing in from her home on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Better acccess to public meetings a covid-era plus

An Everett lawmaker’s bill will help update the state’s public meeting rules for the 21st century.

State Representative of the 38th Legislative District Emily Wicks raises hand during her virtual swearing in from her home on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Courtesy WA Cares

Editorial: Needed fixes made for long-term care program

Reforms to WA Cares provide fairness and help ensure a benefit millions will need in the future.

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Steve Hobbs, who was sworn in as Washington Secretary of State, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., poses in front of photos of the 15 people who previously held his office. Hobbs, a former state senator from Lake Stevens, Wash., is the first person of color to head the office and the first Democrat to serve as Secretary in more than 50 years. He replaces Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who resigned to accept an election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Hobbs looks to build on past election chief’s work

Steve Hobbs, facing voters this year, is working to fortify systems to secure and promote elections.

Steve Hobbs, who was sworn in as Washington Secretary of State, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., poses in front of photos of the 15 people who previously held his office. Hobbs, a former state senator from Lake Stevens, Wash., is the first person of color to head the office and the first Democrat to serve as Secretary in more than 50 years. He replaces Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who resigned to accept an election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo, new graduates line up before the start of the Bergen Community College commencement at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  There’s no single policy or action that will alleviate America’s $1.74 trillion student loan debt crisis while simultaneously preventing students from taking on unaffordable amounts of future debt. Higher education financing experts are divided on the exact combination of solutions, but all agree it will require a multipronged approach.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Editorial: Extend the reprieve on student loan payments

Suspending payments would allow time to improve programs for student loans and financial aid.

FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo, new graduates line up before the start of the Bergen Community College commencement at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  There’s no single policy or action that will alleviate America’s $1.74 trillion student loan debt crisis while simultaneously preventing students from taking on unaffordable amounts of future debt. Higher education financing experts are divided on the exact combination of solutions, but all agree it will require a multipronged approach.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
Electric Time technician Dan LaMoore adjusts a clock hand on a 1000-lb., 12-foot diameter clock constructed for a resort in Vietnam, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Medfield, Mass. Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, March 14, 2021, when clocks are set ahead one hour. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Editorial: Congress, let’s not do the time warp again; ever

Support may be growing in Congress to end our twice-yearly time change and adopt DST for good.

Electric Time technician Dan LaMoore adjusts a clock hand on a 1000-lb., 12-foot diameter clock constructed for a resort in Vietnam, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Medfield, Mass. Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. local time Sunday, March 14, 2021, when clocks are set ahead one hour. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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)
Nursing home. Old woman man living in senior house. Doctor nurse care elderly people. Happy retired, gerontology patient vector illustration. Old senior, nursing and caregiver, retired healthcare

Editorial: Nursing home residents need volunteer advocates

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

Nursing home. Old woman man living in senior house. Doctor nurse care elderly people. Happy retired, gerontology patient vector illustration. Old senior, nursing and caregiver, retired healthcare
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)