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Armed citizens stand vigil in Snohomish on June 1 following a hoax that threatened businesses with vandalism and looting. Declinging to identifying themselves, the man said they were there to “keep business owners and businesses safe. We don’t need our little town torn apart.” (Ian Davis-Leonard / Herald file photo)

Editorial: Leave firearms out of protests, public spaces

A state Senate bill would bar the open carry of firearms at demonstrations and the capitol grounds.

Armed citizens stand vigil in Snohomish on June 1 following a hoax that threatened businesses with vandalism and looting. Declinging to identifying themselves, the man said they were there to “keep business owners and businesses safe. We don’t need our little town torn apart.” (Ian Davis-Leonard / Herald file photo)
Catherine Berwicks loads ballots into a tray after scanning them at the Snohomish County Elections Ballot Processing Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Remove unhelpful ‘advisory’ measures from ballots

The measures provide no useful information to lawmakers and offer no context to inform voters.

Catherine Berwicks loads ballots into a tray after scanning them at the Snohomish County Elections Ballot Processing Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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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: Yes to gas tax hike, but this has to be the last

Transportation needs must be funded, but the gas tax is dwindling as a sustainable revenue source.

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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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Arlington Fire Chief Dave Kraski outside Station #46 downtown. (Arlington Times)

Editorial: Arlington voters should approve fire agency merger

Merger of its fire department with North County Fire will maintain those services affordably.

Arlington Fire Chief Dave Kraski outside Station #46 downtown. (Arlington Times)
The U.S. Capitol building is prepared for the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as the "Field of Flags" are placed on the ground on the National Mall on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. in Washington, DC. Approximately 191,500 flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, for the inauguration. (Joe Raedle/Pool vias AP)

Editorial: The oath we must take after every election

We can’t address solutions to our challenges until we accept the election of those who represent us.

The U.S. Capitol building is prepared for the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as the "Field of Flags" are placed on the ground on the National Mall on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. in Washington, DC. Approximately 191,500 flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, for the inauguration. (Joe Raedle/Pool vias AP)
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2009 file photo, a pressman pulls a copy of one of the final editions of the Rocky Mountain News off the press in the Washington Street Printing Plant of the Denver Newspaper Agency in Denver. A survey by Gallup and the Knight Foundation released on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, finds Democrats much more willing than Republicans to see government funding help local news sources. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Editorial: Restating our commitment to discourse and debate

To move beyond the last four years’ divisiveness, we need more discussion from varied viewpoints.

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2009 file photo, a pressman pulls a copy of one of the final editions of the Rocky Mountain News off the press in the Washington Street Printing Plant of the Denver Newspaper Agency in Denver. A survey by Gallup and the Knight Foundation released on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, finds Democrats much more willing than Republicans to see government funding help local news sources. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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: Adults should be allowed to grow cannabis at home

A bill has returned to allow residents, as they are in other states, to grow their own marijuana.

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)
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, an electronic sign warns travellers to maintain social distance in the terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver.  Two airline passengers who got into disturbances after allegedly not wearing face masks now face potential fines. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday, Dec. 18,  that it is seeking civil penalties of $15,000 and $7,500 over two separate incidents. Both happened in August.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Editorial: ‘This is your captain speaking: Settle down!’

Unruly and unmasked passengers are a threat to flight safety and risk spreading the pandemic.

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, an electronic sign warns travellers to maintain social distance in the terminal of Denver International Airport in Denver.  Two airline passengers who got into disturbances after allegedly not wearing face masks now face potential fines. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday, Dec. 18,  that it is seeking civil penalties of $15,000 and $7,500 over two separate incidents. Both happened in August.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., cleans up debris and personal belongings strewn across the floor of the Rotunda in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, after protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Editorial: Regardless of outcome, president must be impeached

If only to allow history to record that members of Congress stood up to Trump’s assault on democracy.

Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., cleans up debris and personal belongings strewn across the floor of the Rotunda in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, after protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Soldiers working in a logistics area of Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state stand Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, near cooler bags that will be used to transport vials of the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 to other locations in the hospital when shots are given to workers on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Slow roll on covid vaccination can’t be tolerated

With only a fraction of available doses administered, vaccination rates must quickly ramp up.

Soldiers working in a logistics area of Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state stand Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, near cooler bags that will be used to transport vials of the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 to other locations in the hospital when shots are given to workers on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Editorial: Trump and his mob have disgraced the nation

Unless the president can be persuaded to resign, he must be removed from office.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
People sit outside of the County Public Meeting Room to fill out and turn in their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Don’t mess with elections; honor will of voters

A GOP challenge in Congress and proposed state legislation are attempts to disenfranchise voters.

People sit outside of the County Public Meeting Room to fill out and turn in their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Amy Ulrich walks her dog Kahlua by the Waterfront Place Apartments at the Port of Everett on Monday, March 30, 2020 in Everett, Wa. Gov. Inslee ordered construction projects around the state to shut down for two weeks. That pauses several big housing projects at Alderwood and the Port. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Changes needed to build more middle-income housing

Middle-income families are less able to find affordable housing in Everett, forcing them out of town.

Amy Ulrich walks her dog Kahlua by the Waterfront Place Apartments at the Port of Everett on Monday, March 30, 2020 in Everett, Wa. Gov. Inslee ordered construction projects around the state to shut down for two weeks. That pauses several big housing projects at Alderwood and the Port. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
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Editorial: Three resolutions for a safe and prosperous 2021

For yourself and others: Wear a mask, get vaccinated and support local businesses and restaurants.

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Council member Vivian Olson (left), Mayor Mike Nelson (center) and council member Diane Buckshnis practiced social distancing at the Edmonds City Council meeting Tuesday. (City of Edmonds)

Editorial: Edmonds should skip search, hire Lawless as chief

A troubled search for a new police chief should not be delayed further. Hire the acting chief.

Council member Vivian Olson (left), Mayor Mike Nelson (center) and council member Diane Buckshnis practiced social distancing at the Edmonds City Council meeting Tuesday. (City of Edmonds)
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DREAMLINER - The first Boeing 787 is swarmed by the crowd attending the roll out of the plane at the Boeing assembly facilty.

Editorial: A look back at 2020 through an editorial lens

A review on the opinions of The Herald Editorial Board during 2020 and some updates.

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DREAMLINER - The first Boeing 787 is swarmed by the crowd attending the roll out of the plane at the Boeing assembly facilty.
Keaira Johnson, left, and Cedella Dean, of Northside Step Team, dance in front of Seattle City Hall at a protest led by youth activists demanding racial, climate, economic, worker, and social justice Monday, July 20, 2020. The demonstration follows other protests over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Editorial: State CEOs backing reforms against racial inequity

Business leaders, including a former governor, put promises and cash down to foster racial equity.

Keaira Johnson, left, and Cedella Dean, of Northside Step Team, dance in front of Seattle City Hall at a protest led by youth activists demanding racial, climate, economic, worker, and social justice Monday, July 20, 2020. The demonstration follows other protests over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Democrat Jack Arends (left), a member of Washington’s Electoral College, is comforted by fellow elector Julian Wheeler after Arends became emotional while talking about his failing health and the importance of being able to cast his vote at the state Capitol in Olympia, Monday. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

Editorial: Enough with rabble-rousing allegations of a coup

An Everett man’s simple vote in the Electoral College stands in contrast to the actions of others.

Democrat Jack Arends (left), a member of Washington’s Electoral College, is comforted by fellow elector Julian Wheeler after Arends became emotional while talking about his failing health and the importance of being able to cast his vote at the state Capitol in Olympia, Monday. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

Editorial: Adopt covid relief with pledge for more to come

It won’t meet every need, but Congress must pass funding to help the unemployed and small businesses.

Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)
FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, an orca leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Habitat protections for an endangered population of orcas would be greatly expanded under a proposal to be advanced by NOAA Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Editorial: Limits for whale watch boats ignore larger problem

Restricting orca excursions won’t help whales unable to find enough salmon in the Salish Sea.

FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, an orca leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Habitat protections for an endangered population of orcas would be greatly expanded under a proposal to be advanced by NOAA Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)