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Editorial: A look back at 2021 though an editorial lens

A year of consequential news prompted these opinions from The Herald Editorial Board.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee walks past "4 Corners," an artwork by Carl Chew, before speaking, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session, including a plan to offer rebates on the purchase of new and used electric vehicles for qualified buyers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Keep state’s transportation needs in sight

Lawmakers must adopt a package of maintenance and projects that can sustain the state’s economy.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee walks past "4 Corners," an artwork by Carl Chew, before speaking, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced several climate-related proposals for the 2022 legislative session, including a plan to offer rebates on the purchase of new and used electric vehicles for qualified buyers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Ann Enderle R.N. checks on a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho public health leaders have activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 7.  (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)

Editorial: Covid recedes in hospitals, exposing other worries

Hospitals, including Everett’s Providence, point to problems with transfers, staffing and burnout.

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Ann Enderle R.N. checks on a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho public health leaders have activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 7.  (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)
First lady Jill Biden, left, is given a tour of a Growler aircraft by Naval Aviator Lt. Cate Oakley, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash. (Ken Lambert /The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)

Editorial: Renewed shot to resolve dispute over Growler jets

A lawsuit ruling regarding increased flights at the Whidbey Navy base offers a window for talks.

First lady Jill Biden, left, is given a tour of a Growler aircraft by Naval Aviator Lt. Cate Oakley, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Oak Harbor, Wash. (Ken Lambert /The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)
A rendering of apartments for the second phase of Housing Hope's Twin Lakes Landing development in Marysville. (Dykeman Architects)

Editorial: Put county tax for affordable housing to voters

The case can be made for modest increase in sales tax to resolve homelessness, affordable housing crisis.

A rendering of apartments for the second phase of Housing Hope's Twin Lakes Landing development in Marysville. (Dykeman Architects)
Courtesy WA Cares

Editorial: Brief delay in WA Cares could allow needed fixes

The payroll tax should be delayed to allow lawmakers time to adjust the program for long-term care.

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FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo attorneys walk up the steps of the Washington Supreme Court building, the Temple of Justice, in Olympia, Wash. The court on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, unanimously upheld the Washington's tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state's regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax, a tax added on top of other taxes — was passed by the Legislature in 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: Ruling may not be last word on state redistricting

The state Supreme Court accepted the redistricting panel’s work, but limited the scope of its ruling.

FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo attorneys walk up the steps of the Washington Supreme Court building, the Temple of Justice, in Olympia, Wash. The court on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, unanimously upheld the Washington's tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state's regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax, a tax added on top of other taxes — was passed by the Legislature in 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Editorial: Help pick a route for Everett’s transit future

A joint study will gather information on whether to combine Everett Transit and Community Transit.

A Swift bus and an Everett Transit bus travel north on Rucker Avenue on Saturday in Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Robert J. Sutherland (Washington State House Republicans)

Editorial: State House covid rules won’t exclude GOP lawmakers

A requirement for vaccination only means those unvaccinated will have to attend sessions remotely.

Robert J. Sutherland (Washington State House Republicans)
An artist's rendering shows features planned for the first floor of an expansion of the Imagine Children's Museum. The area will include a representation of the old bicycle tree in Snohomish and an outdoorsy Camp Imagine. (Imagine Children's Museum)

Editorial: GivingTuesday offers chance to build better future

Organizations, such as Imagine Children’s Museum, need our support as we look past the pandemic.

An artist's rendering shows features planned for the first floor of an expansion of the Imagine Children's Museum. The area will include a representation of the old bicycle tree in Snohomish and an outdoorsy Camp Imagine. (Imagine Children's Museum)
School-age lead Emilee Swenson pulls kids around in a wagon at Tomorrow’s Hope child care center on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 in Everett, Washington. A shortage of child care workers prompted HopeWorks, a nonprofit, to expand its job training programs. Typically, the programs help people with little or no work experience find a job. The new job training program is for people interested in becoming child care workers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Everett must make most of pandemic windfall

Using federal funds, the mayor’s office has outlined $20.7M in projects to address covid’s impacts.

School-age lead Emilee Swenson pulls kids around in a wagon at Tomorrow’s Hope child care center on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021 in Everett, Washington. A shortage of child care workers prompted HopeWorks, a nonprofit, to expand its job training programs. Typically, the programs help people with little or no work experience find a job. The new job training program is for people interested in becoming child care workers. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

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Editorial: Small Business Saturday a focus for local economy

Shopping locally supports your community’s businesses and employees and offers extraordinary gifts.

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A man crosses the road under stoplights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 in Everett, Wash. The lights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way are being considered for controversial red-light traffic cameras. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Train red-light cameras on problem intersections

The cameras, planned for seven Everett locations, should help prevent costly and deadly accidents.

A man crosses the road under stoplights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 in Everett, Wash. The lights at Casino Road and Evergreen Way are being considered for controversial red-light traffic cameras. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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: Finish state’s redistricting work out in the open

With a panel unable to finish on time and in public, the job is left to the state Supreme Court.

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)
Volunteer Kevin Boldt and Jennifer Chapman direct shopping carts full of food outside at the Marysville Community Food Bank on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 in Marysville, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Inflation, pandemic add to needs of food banks

The county’s food banks are seeing increasing demand for help; cash donations help them serve needs.

Volunteer Kevin Boldt and Jennifer Chapman direct shopping carts full of food outside at the Marysville Community Food Bank on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 in Marysville, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
President Joe Biden speaks before signing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Editorial: Have we at last moved past Infrastructure Week?

Congress and president have their $1.2 trillion plan. What’s yet to come from state lawmakers?

President Joe Biden speaks before signing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

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Editorial: County jumpstarts its switch to electric vehicles

The budget calls for purchase of EVs for the county’s fleet; serving as an example for others.

Ian Terry / The Herald

Brian Henderson, of Renton, plugs in his Kia Soul EV electric vehicle at a charging station in Sultan on Wednesday, June 7. Henderson and a group of fellow electric car drivers made the trip from Everett's City Hall to Spokane's City Hall late last week in an effort to raise awareness about convenient charging locations along U.S. Highway 2.

Photo taken on 06072017
state taxes 2020

Editorial: What would you change about state’s tax system?

A legislative work group is considering tax reforms that could result in a more equitable system.

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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: It’s past time we ended twice-yearly time shift

Sen. Patty Murray has renewed her call for Congress to permanently adopt daylight saving time.

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)