In Our View

A classroom with folding walls inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. Noise transfers easily between rooms. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Editorial: Bonds, levies key to students’ educational needs

Five area school districts are seeking approval of levies or bonds to provide a full education.

A classroom with folding walls inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. Noise transfers easily between rooms. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Editorial: Recycling bills could use a little reuse, refocus

Three bills each contain elements that can be combined to increase the state’s recycling success.

Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
People talk and enjoy food at Everett Recovery Cafe during the launch party for the Snohomish County Recovery Coalition in Everett in October, 2023. (Sophia Gates / The Herald)

Editorial: Rep. Larsen outlines ‘to do’ list for opioid crisis

Much of what’s outlined in policy and funding solutions works, but needs expansion and our support.

People talk and enjoy food at Everett Recovery Cafe during the launch party for the Snohomish County Recovery Coalition in Everett in October, 2023. (Sophia Gates / The Herald)
Zachary Pfrimmer gets together with a group of students to help them through an assignment in his fourth-grade classroom at Cedarhome Elementary on Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Editorial: School absenteeism crisis needs an all-hands effort

Legislation seeks to enlist schools, community groups, tribes and more to reach out to struggling kids.

Zachary Pfrimmer gets together with a group of students to help them through an assignment in his fourth-grade classroom at Cedarhome Elementary on Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Happy family time together set vector illustration. Cartoon young father holding son in hands, dad and kid study with book at home, mother and baby sitting in kitchen chairs to eat healthy food

Editorial: Panel on concerns of boys, men deserves hearing

Legislation for a commission could add to efforts and investments that lawmakers have prioritized.

Happy family time together set vector illustration. Cartoon young father holding son in hands, dad and kid study with book at home, mother and baby sitting in kitchen chairs to eat healthy food
People gather at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Wreath Laying Ceremony in Washington, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Editorial: What King brings to discussion of gun safety bills

The slain civil rights leader was cited by supporters and opponents of a gun permit bill before lawmakers.

People gather at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Wreath Laying Ceremony in Washington, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Two Washington State ferries pass along the route between Mukilteo and Clinton as scuba divers swim near the shore Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Editorial: Getting around, on wheels or water, not any easier

Work continues in the Legislature, but questions remain on transportation fixes and funding.

Two Washington State ferries pass along the route between Mukilteo and Clinton as scuba divers swim near the shore Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Editorial: Humans should keep eye on rise of generative AI

Legislation proposes a task force to study its potential advantages, abuses and guardrails for its use.

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The Legislative Building is seen at dusk Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, following a session of the Legislature in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: A few bills worth attention in a short session

They aren’t tackling major issues, but many offer ideas worth consideration by public and lawmakers.

The Legislative Building is seen at dusk Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, following a session of the Legislature in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Two drivers were hospitalized for serious injuries Monday night after a suspected DUI crash on southbound Interstate 5's ramp to I-405 in Lynnwood. (South County Fire)

Editorial: Finland model for state to reduce traffic deaths

Backed by a visit to view safety successes, lawmakers are again pitching ways to reduce accidents.

Two drivers were hospitalized for serious injuries Monday night after a suspected DUI crash on southbound Interstate 5's ramp to I-405 in Lynnwood. (South County Fire)
Construction on new homes at 19th Ave. SE in Everett, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Editorial: Lawmakers take second swing of hammer for housing

Even after the Legislature adopted legislation and funding, several proposals are back this year.

Construction on new homes at 19th Ave. SE in Everett, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
The "City of Everett," the Boeing Co.’s first 747, took its maiden flight from Everett’s Paine Field Feb. 9, 1969.  (Photo Courtesy The Boeing Co. )

Editorial: 2023 was an eventful year, In Our View

The highlights: the last 747 rolls out, solutions for addiction, a tragic sub accident and a farewell to a whale.

The "City of Everett," the Boeing Co.’s first 747, took its maiden flight from Everett’s Paine Field Feb. 9, 1969.  (Photo Courtesy The Boeing Co. )
FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Some Republican members of Congress from the Northwest are accusing a GOP Idaho lawmaker of conducting secret negotiations with the Democratic governor of Oregon over a controversial proposal to breach four dams on the Snake River to save endangered salmon runs. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

Editorial: Pact offers path to sustain salmon, clean energy

An agreement among tribes, states and the federal government moves work forward to protect all interests.

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Some Republican members of Congress from the Northwest are accusing a GOP Idaho lawmaker of conducting secret negotiations with the Democratic governor of Oregon over a controversial proposal to breach four dams on the Snake River to save endangered salmon runs. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)
Father's Day is a holiday of honouring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society.

Editorial: Commission on boys, men needed for interests of all

A state commission could focus on their needs in education, health, jobs, families and the courts.

Father's Day is a holiday of honouring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society.
Amtrak Cascades train 517 to Portland departs from Everett Station on Saturday, Sep. 2, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Editorial: With bullet train sidetracked, upgrade Cascades

Rather than a costly new line, an upgraded Amtrak Cascades offers faster travel, sooner and cleaner.

Amtrak Cascades train 517 to Portland departs from Everett Station on Saturday, Sep. 2, 2023, in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Other state representatives respond to roll call over a virtual meeting before their swearing in on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Lynnwood’s steps protect online public comment

New comment rules should better prevent abuse of online testimony from hate speech and disruption.

Other state representatives respond to roll call over a virtual meeting before their swearing in on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Susanna Johnson delivers preliminary election results stating she is in the lead for the Snohomish County Sheriff 2023 election at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Editorial: Incoming sheriff seeks outreach to strengthen trust

Susanna Johnson, a 30-year veteran of the agency, is emphasizing professionalism and transparency.

Susanna Johnson delivers preliminary election results stating she is in the lead for the Snohomish County Sheriff 2023 election at 230 Ave B. in Snohomish, Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
The Everett City Council approved a $375,000 settlement Wednesday with a former firefighter who alleged racist harassment went unaddressed in the department.

Editorial: Fosse shouldn’t have to choose between elected roles

The Everett City Council can bar its members from other offices, but should not do so retroactively.

The Everett City Council approved a $375,000 settlement Wednesday with a former firefighter who alleged racist harassment went unaddressed in the department.
Ben Ramirez is doused with water by teammates after the AquaSox beat the Emeralds to clinch a playoff berth on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, in Everett. (Photo provided by AquaSox)

Editorial: City’s $1 million an investment in Everett baseball

Contracts for preliminary work on an AquaSox stadium honor team’s 40 years of family fun and tradition.

Ben Ramirez is doused with water by teammates after the AquaSox beat the Emeralds to clinch a playoff berth on Monday, Sept. 4, 2023, in Everett. (Photo provided by AquaSox)
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Editorial: Improving civic health starts by coming to table

Efforts locally and at the state level seek to counter the incivility that has mired public discourse.

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