Opening day for Major League Baseball is special. It is a time fans across the nation have hope that their favorite team will win the World Series. Everybody is 0-0 when the first pitch is thrown.
There’s has to be more to the $10 million school bond than just the science building. I wonder what the Walla Walla School Board has added to it?
We get it. Many state legislators aren’t particularly thrilled with the way Tim Eyman uses the initiative process to undercut their legislative vision.
Yes, it does seem as if the Walla Walla School Board is moving with lightning speed as it considers asking voters to approve a $10 million science building on the Wa-Hi campus.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, previously a Republican U.S. senator from Nebraska, has been pilloried for more than a week, mostly from the political right including his former GOP colleagues in Congress, for proposing deep cuts in military spending.
The Walla Walla City Council, after the recent public outcry, had an obligation to citizens to find a way to keep the Pioneer Park Aviary open. It made a wise call to embrace the request — with some caveats — of a group of private citizens to take over operation of the Aviary.
First lady Michelle Obama is on target when she urges young people not to drink sugary beverages such as Coke, Pepsi, Gatorade, PowerAde and the many other similar products on the market.
Drivers should drive.
The No Child Left Behind Act is unnecessary meddling from the federal government.
Politics, booze and money have been intertwined since, well, the advent of politics, booze and money.
The National Football League, still reeling from the perception it has a serious race problem after the Miami Dolphins locker room bullying flap, is poised to make it a 15-yard penalty to say the N-word during a game.
The federal government wants to study — using out tax dollars — how media gather news to meet the public’s “critical information needs.”
Internet voting is coming.
The state Senate this week rejected an educator-evaluation proposal that would have allowed the state to continue to be free from the onerous federal No Child Left Behind Act.
A groundbreaking ceremony on the grounds of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center took place in May to signal the project to build an 80-bed veterans home was under way — a done deal.
The public outcry in cyberspace has been loud in the days since the City Council voted to close the Aviary.
It would be a mistake — and incredibly unpopular — to close the Pioneer Park Aviary.
Did I read correctly, or does the Union-Bulletin Editorial Board favor the idol of the marketplace over consumers’ rights to know what they are purchasing for consumption by their family or business?
It’s hardly a shock 90 percent of the Walla Walla High School staff members favor a bond proposal of some sort to upgrade the school’s facilities.
Something very exciting is going on at Sherwood Center.
Congress raised the nation’s debt limit this week with (relatively speaking) little notice. That’s good.
While the fiscal merits of the reorganization fall to the county commissioners, it is the sheriff — as an elected official — who is responsible.
Turner is an elected official who answers to the voters, and only the voters.
Michael Sam’s announcement took guts, but ultimately he will not be the first gay football player nor the last.
Sam's announcement was a gutsy decision as a few bigots will come out from the woodwork to taunt him. But other than that — so what?
The community, which has been amazing at meeting emergency demands to help the homeless in freezing temperatures, seems to be moving in that direction.
One of the many things that makes Walla Walla an interesting place to live is the weather.
Proposed legislation to Congress provides that option and ensures labeling standards would be uniform across the US.
Although science has not determined food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are dangerous, or even unhealthy, some folks are squeamish about consuming those foods.
Drug overdoses are, sadly, all too common among high-profile celebrities from rock stars to Oscar winners such as Hoffman.
No, you weren’t dreaming. It really happened. The Seahawks did win the Super Bowl on Sunday with a performance so dominating the Pacific Northwest is still stunned.
Sick leave is important. Yet, a proposal in Olympia to mandate sick leave for workers has the potential to do far more harm than good.
As technology improves, a day will come when vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines become a rarity.
When the Founding Fathers established the Bill of Rights, nobody could envision the type of technology we have today. People in the 18th century knew nothing of cellphones (or landline telephones).
It’s ironic the U.S. Postal Service, an agency that operated at a net loss of $26 billion over the past two years, is considering going into the loan business. Actually, more like the loan shark business.
State lawmakers, whether serving in the Republican-controlled Senate or the Democrat-controlled House, accept that Washington state needs increased funding for basic education.
The debate over whether — and how — marijuana will be legalized in Washington state didn’t end with the passage of Initiative 502. It’s still in full swing.
Most people spend thousands of dollars a year on insurance — whether for their cars, homes or health. Yet, nobody expects (or wants) to experience the disaster insurance is purchased to cover.
The Seattle Seahawks will be landing in Newark, N.J., on Sunday to give themselves a week to focus on winning the Super Bowl.
Voters in the College Place School District would be wise to approve the four-year school levy to keep the positive momentum for education in the community.
A solid proposal in Olympia would require elected officials and government employees to undergo training on public access to information.
When government officials are doing the jobs they were elected or hired to do, it’s easy to get focused on the day-to-day tasks and lose sight that the work being done is for the people.
Last week a 20-year-old woman died of what appeared to be a drug overdose in Walla Walla County. It was the third local drug-related death so far this year — that means in the past three weeks.
The state of Washington must increase the amount of money it provides local school districts to pay for basic education.
Some law enforcement officers in Washington state, including the current and former sheriffs of King County, supported the voter-approved initiative that legalized marijuana.
Two new medium security units at that Washington State Penitentiary — at a cost of $47.5 million — have been completed, which means the future for corrections in Walla Walla is bright. Hundreds of stable, well-paying jobs will remain in the community.
Walla Walla County commissioners made the right call Monday when they unanimously voted to merge the Public Health and Human Services into a single department — and save taxpayers $400,000 a year.
Last track season about 190 athletes turned out for the Walla Walla High School varsity track and field team. That’s an impressive number, but not an unusual one for Wa-Hi. The spring sport attracts between 150 to 190 boys and girls year after year.
Last week the state Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to submit a plan detailing how it will fully fund basic education by 2018.
Mandating state lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment or the state loses $1 billion a year in funding is, on principle, wrong.
Over the past 15 years Tim Eyman has made Democrats (and a few Republicans) in the state Capitol as uncomfortable as a wool sweater on a 100-degree day.
A majority of the Walla Walla City Council members don’t seem to read the mood of the public.
Washington state’s voters approved the legalization of marijuana last year, but a large number of city officials have not embraced the concept.
Convenient, affordable air service is critical for the Walla Walla Valley.
Often — too often — government employees are unfairly criticized for simply doing their jobs.
At the risk of being labeled unpatriotic, people need to review efforts to get the military budget under control.
The approach would force Congress to debate the merits and vote rather than just keep adding things.
Sunsets in nature are beautiful. Sunsets in tax policy can force supporters to provide evidence on why tax or fee increases or tax breaks merit continuation.