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Warland Hewitt Wight rides through traffic in Everett on Tuesday, March 13. Wight, a full-time bicycle messenger, had his bike stolen and then recovered with the help of courthouse marshal, Mike Anderson.

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Editorial: Transportation plan can move Washington ahead

The $16.8 billion, 16-year plan makes needed investments for roads, transit, bikes and pedestrians.

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Warland Hewitt Wight rides through traffic in Everett on Tuesday, March 13. Wight, a full-time bicycle messenger, had his bike stolen and then recovered with the help of courthouse marshal, Mike Anderson.

Photo taken on 03132018
While emcee Bob Drewel and panelists Cameron Calder (right) and Kathy Coffey listen, panelist Janice Green (center) speaks Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County's Civil Discourse Forum held in the Wilderness Room of the Jackson Center at EvCC.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Editorial: Celebrating our partners in ‘defense of democracy’

The Herald’s honor by the League of Women Voters is one we share with many in the community.

While emcee Bob Drewel and panelists Cameron Calder (right) and Kathy Coffey listen, panelist Janice Green (center) speaks Wednesday night at the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County's Civil Discourse Forum held in the Wilderness Room of the Jackson Center at EvCC.  (Dan Bates / The Herald)
A bus drives toward the mountains near Camp Silverton in an undated photo.

Editorial: Kids need a week in the woods for outdoor learning

Camp Silverton is gone, but a bill in the Legislature may provide outdoor education to students.

A bus drives toward the mountains near Camp Silverton in an undated photo.

Reminder: Ballots due today for school levy elections; vote yes

Ballots are due today for the special election, which includes levies for most of Snohomish County’s school districts. Ballots returned by mail must be sent… Continue reading

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Editorial: Taxpayers deserve down-payment on tax reforms

Surplus revenues should allow lawmakers to provide relief through a sales tax holiday or reduction.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks as he gives his annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee gave his speech in the State Reception Room and it was shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Governor’s emergency powers need legislative review

Gov. Inslee’s covid orders have saved lives but should be subject to better checks and balances.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks as he gives his annual State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee gave his speech in the State Reception Room and it was shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, has proposed a bill to make pickleball the official state sport. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)

Editorial: The importance of pickleball and a dinosaur bone

‘Fun’ bills to name a state sport and a state dinosaur are no less important than ‘serious’ issues.

Sen. John Lovick, D-Mill Creek, has proposed a bill to make pickleball the official state sport. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)
Harper Ninaud, 3, holds up her matching letters as parents and their toddlers enjoying reading, songs and activities at the Lake Stevens Library on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Worth of Sno-Isle’s Lake Stevens library now clear

Keeping the relationship between the city and the library system sustains a vital community resource.

Harper Ninaud, 3, holds up her matching letters as parents and their toddlers enjoying reading, songs and activities at the Lake Stevens Library on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 in Lake Stevens, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Troy Webber, owner of Chesterfield Auto Parts, holds a used catalytic converter that was removed from one of the cars at his salvage yard Friday Dec. 17, 2021, in Richmond, Va. Thefts of the emission control devices have jumped over the last two years as prices for the precious metals they contain have skyrocketed. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Editorial: Catalytic converters thefts call for tighter rules

A bill in the state Senate would require better tracking of sales to discourage theft of the car parts.

Troy Webber, owner of Chesterfield Auto Parts, holds a used catalytic converter that was removed from one of the cars at his salvage yard Friday Dec. 17, 2021, in Richmond, Va. Thefts of the emission control devices have jumped over the last two years as prices for the precious metals they contain have skyrocketed. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Supporters march Wednesday afternoon across from Providence Medical Center in Everett on May 5, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Nurses, health care workers need better support

Setting staffing levels at hospitals, however, may not address a shortage of available nurses.

Supporters march Wednesday afternoon across from Providence Medical Center in Everett on May 5, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jeff Thoreson cheers with his students after his class wins a tug-o-war game on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: School levies an investment in kids, communities

Voters in several county school districts are asked to approve levies in a Feb. 8 special election.

Jeff Thoreson cheers with his students after his class wins a tug-o-war game on Thursday, June 17, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 6, 2021 at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns in front of the Governor's Mansion during a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Washington state Capitol campus and at or near any public demonstration across Washington under a measure that received a remote public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 by the Senate Law and Justice Committee. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: Protect ballots, meetings from armed intimidation

Two proposed state laws would bar firearms possession at election offices and public meetings.

FILE - In this file photo taken Jan. 6, 2021 at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns in front of the Governor's Mansion during a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Washington state Capitol campus and at or near any public demonstration across Washington under a measure that received a remote public hearing Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 by the Senate Law and Justice Committee. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Editorial: Keep ‘Mockingbird’ on Mukilteo ninth-graders’ list

Concerns about the 1960 novel are legitimate, but allow students to learn from those criticisms.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
With long-term care insurance, It's important to look at how the benefits are structured. (Dreamstime/TNS)

Editorial: Fix WA Cares and let it resume its important work

The long-term care program needs modest changes to fairly provide a valuable benefit to seniors.

With long-term care insurance, It's important to look at how the benefits are structured. (Dreamstime/TNS)
FILE - Elementary school teacher Carrie Landheer protests for stronger COVID-19 safety protocols outside Oakland Unified School District headquarters on Jan. 7, 2022, in Oakland, Calif. Officials across the U.S. are again weighing how and whether to impose mask mandates as COVID-19 infections soar and the American public grows weary of pandemic-related restrictions. Much of the debate centers around the nation’s schools, some of which closed due to infection-related staffing issues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Editorial: Keep guard up against covid’s omicron variant

As much as half of the county could be infected by the variant; and hospitalizations are surging.

FILE - Elementary school teacher Carrie Landheer protests for stronger COVID-19 safety protocols outside Oakland Unified School District headquarters on Jan. 7, 2022, in Oakland, Calif. Officials across the U.S. are again weighing how and whether to impose mask mandates as COVID-19 infections soar and the American public grows weary of pandemic-related restrictions. Much of the debate centers around the nation’s schools, some of which closed due to infection-related staffing issues. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
Gary Holt, who reads bills being considered in the Washington House, wears a mask as he sits behind a plexiglass shield with reflections of state representatives meeting remotely on it, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia Wash. The House was considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Add your voice to Legislature’s 60-day session

It’ll go quickly, but state lawmakers’ packed agenda includes transportation, policing and the budget.

Gary Holt, who reads bills being considered in the Washington House, wears a mask as he sits behind a plexiglass shield with reflections of state representatives meeting remotely on it, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia Wash. The House was considering a proposed new tax in Washington state on capital gains that would be imposed on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns in front of the Governor's Mansion during a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington under a measure being considered by Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: Proposed law against election lies the wrong tool

Gov. Inslee’s concern over election falsehoods is well-founded but his remedy is the wrong approach.

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., two men stand armed with guns in front of the Governor's Mansion during a protest supporting President Donald Trump and against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The open carry of guns and other weapons would be banned on the Capitol campus and at or near any permitted public demonstration across Washington under a measure being considered by Washington lawmakers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Lightning Powers, 8, splashes as he comes up for air while swimming in the South Fork Stillaguamish River on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Help tell Tales of Two Rivers and their importance

Residents of the Stillaguamish and Snohomish river basins are asked to tell their stories on video.

Lightning Powers, 8, splashes as he comes up for air while swimming in the South Fork Stillaguamish River on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Internet access in remote zone, power of technology concept. Road sign with wifi signal icon on rural environment, includes copy space.

Editorial: Too few have internet access; that’s set to change

Federal and state infrastructure funding will improve access to a utility as basic as electricity.

Internet access in remote zone, power of technology concept. Road sign with wifi signal icon on rural environment, includes copy space.
New year's holiday concept

Editorial: Make a resolution that brings a more perfect union

Too many are dissatisfied with our government and mistrustful of fellow citizens. Let’s change that.

New year's holiday concept