Washington state Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is unquestionably a smart man. Before being elected lands commissioner, Goldmark, among many other things, earned a doctorate in molecular biology and was state Secretary of Agriculture.
Baseball is a game built on traditions and an unwritten code of conduct.
It’s unfair, outrageous and ridiculous for the federal government to seek repayment for decades-old debts incurred by relatives — some of whom died long ago.
Good intentions are only the starting place for good legislation.
Have you heard the latest on the Affordable Care Act?
A 20-year-old event may end if volunteers don’t see this as a core value worth saving.
People in the Walla Walla Valley are known for stepping up to the plate when something needs to get done.
Driving has become such a routine for people they often don’t pay close enough attention to what they are doing.
As sure as spring follows winter, Walla Walla residents have plunged once more into the swimming pool issue as the temperatures start to rise.
About 30 to 40 years ago society didn’t take drunken driving seriously.
Medicare is one of the few government programs nearly every American expects to benefit from, most likely when they retire.
TVW — Washington state’s version of C-SPAN founded in 1995 by the late Sen. Jeannette Hayner of Walla Walla, former U.S. Rep. Denny Heck and former state director Stan Marshburn — has been a great public service for nearly two decades.
Walla Walla High School needs a new science building. The $10.2 bond proposal on the April 22 is exactly the right plan to meet that need.
If, and it’s a very big if, the National Labor Relations Board’s ruling that Northwestern football players could unionize stands it could be the end of college sports.
Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season is special. Every team in America (and one in Canada) is even — 0-0 — and its fans can dream of a World Series championship.
Some of the 56 million gallons of radioactive waste — visualize roughly 50 football fields filled 10 feet deep — contained at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation will eventually find its way to the Columbia River. And when it does it will be a national disaster.
Marijuana is technically legal in Washington state — or, at least, semi-legal — and that’s not going to change. The voters have spoken.
County commissioners are not like other county employees. They are elected officials who comprise the county’s legislative body. One of the commissioners’ roles is to set salaries.
The fate of Wallula’s Boise Paper mill — and its 600 jobs — could depend on how much fish Washingtonians eat. Or, to be precise, how much fish Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Ecology estimate state residents consume.
State lawmakers once again, this time those serving in the Senate, saw their daily expense money increase by 33 percent — from $90 every day they are in session to $120.
A lot has been written and said in recent weeks about the sorry condition of the science building at Walla Walla High School. And many more observations will be offered leading up to the $10.2 million bond election to replace the 50-year-old science building with a new, stand-alone structure.
The price of going to college passed reasonable a few year ago and is now deep into outrageous. Yet, people continue to pay the tuition and other costs — usually by taking out huge loans — because they believe a solid education is a key to a well-paying, satisfying career.
Good intentions have Walla Walla County so deep in a fiscal mess that climbing out will take time and cooperation. And even then the result could be a multimillion dollar debacle for taxpayers.
As far back as 1823 the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized freedom of movement — travel from state to state — as a constitutional right.
Drones, essentially high-end remote-control helicopters with cameras or recording equipment, have a lot of people concerned about their privacy — and with good reason.
Mike Humphreys was more than a sheriff to folks in Walla Walla. He was a citizen who cared deeply about the community and its people. His sudden death on Monday stunned and saddened the people of Walla Walla County.
As Washington state, its 39 counties and many cities continue to work through implementation of regulations and policies for the voter-approved legalization of marijuana, the focus has been on its sale, distribution and production.
Washington state lawmakers did a disservice to school children around the state last week when they adjourned this year’s session of the Legislature without securing federal funds to help provide additional instruction for students who might be struggling in school or who have other academic issues.
Some wanted a bigger bond proposal, others wanted a different approach. Another direction was taken. It’s a science building or nothing.
“Perfect is the enemy of good.” Those words, credited to 17th century French philosopher Voltaire, seem to have some relevance in the ongoing (and seemingly endless) effort to upgrade the Walla Walla High School facilities. Some fervently want to see a complete overhaul of campus — the sooner the better.
Go to a fundraising event in Walla Walla, and it’s likely wine from local wineries is being poured and many bottles are auctioned off. The amount of money garnered from the contributions is usually impressive.
Although the Affordable Care Act remains a polarizing political topic — the left hailing it while the right hates it — many people seem to agree (at least in theory) that basic health care for all is reasonable.
When folks are elected to public office — from local school boards to city councils to county commissions — many have little to no experience with state law regarding public access to government information.
The U.S. Senate rejected President Obama’s choice as the government chief civil rights attorney because he defended a cop killer in court.
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.