This week’s announcement by the federal government regarding the solvency of Social Security was supposed to be comforting. Social Security’s retirement program will remain solvent until 2034 and Medicare until 2030 but Social Security’s disability benefits program is projected to run out of money in two years to pay full benefits.
The Gun Club has operated near the airport for 65 years; the addition of a pistol range won’t reduce security at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.
An indoor pistol range would be a benefit to the Walla Walla Valley.
The weather is usually better for ballooning, and there should be more balloons filling Walla Walla’s sky.
The Walla Walla Balloon Stampede is moving from May to October in an effort to have more launches every year.
The Wisconsin Republican is pushing a plan that lets states decide where social service funds are allocated.
Given the financial mess the leaders of the federal government have created with poor spending decisions — much of it on well-intended social programs — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan might have hit on a winner with his plan to fight poverty.
The US Department of Education denied Washington’s request to reinstate its waiver from No Child Left Behind Act.
Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn must feel as if he is having a bad dream and can’t seem to wake up.
A compromise to imposing an outright ban on walkers, joggers and dogs at the city’s public golf course seems reasonable and acceptable. The City Council is considering the proposal tonight.
Those who came up with a cost estimate for putting in a new swimming pool — and just a pool — at the site of the old Memorial Pool on a napkin from a coffee shop based their calculations on optimism, not reality.
Well, it looks as if the finish line — completion of a veterans nursing home on the grounds of the local VA Medical Center — could soon be in sight.
Just when the nation’s economic outlook is starting to brighten, the Congressional Budget Office tosses a big bucket of reality our way.
The U.S. government borrows about $4 billion a day, so it would seem tax collection would be a very high priority.
The right to free speech is not always easy to tolerate when exercised by others.
The Internet is the highway to cyberspace. Its use has become essential to the nation and the world.
Duke University is an elite private college in Durham, N.C. Just 17 percent of those who apply to be students are accepted.
Government mandates. A phrase that too often sends chills down taxpayers’ spines.
Technology has brought the world closer together. Today, meetings can be held in cyberspace using video cameras, computers and other technology.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to dramatically increase the estimate for Washington state fish consumption will likely result in clean-water rules that will be unreasonable — and expensive — to the point of absurdity. This should concern all Washingtonians.
Apparently no law stops the use of drones to video into homes, but it’s against federal regulation to take real estate pictures.
Technology moves faster — much faster — than lawmakers.
Providing taxpayer-funded dental care to children living in low-income households is the right thing to do, but the state government has gone too far in its effort to keep kids’ teeth healthy.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is looking out for taxpayers and students in seeking to have Washington regain its exemption from some of the onerous and absurd mandates of the federal No Child Left Behind law.
Colleges and universities in Washington state are, once again, faced with budgets so tight a quarter would bounce off them — assuming there were quarters available.
The Walla Walla City Council made a smart decision when it pledged to return any excess funds to taxpayers from the construction of the new police station. And now, as the Council makes good on its promise, it opted to return the cash in a way taxpayers will feel the benefits in their wallets.
High-flying fireworks that explode with a loud boom are extremely popular on the Fourth of July.
The plan to add 60 parking spaces in downtown Walla Walla should be a boon for local merchants and citizens. Parking is at a premium in the city’s business district, particularly on the weekends that feature special events such as the wineries’ spring release or barrel tasting.
Political gamesmanship played a role in U.S. government even before this country was a nation.
Having paid family leave in America is a great concept. And that is why President Obama made a pitch for paid family leave more than five years ago, and why the president is once again campaigning to make it available to everyone.
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a simple but firm ruling in regard to whether law enforcement can scroll through suspects’ cellphones or smartphones without a warrant. It can’t.
“The older I get, the better I was.”
Last week President Obama authorized sending troops back to Iraq.
A building — the concrete and lumber — isn’t religious by itself. It is what takes place inside the four walls that makes it a place of religious worship, a church.
Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died of mouth cancer this week at the age of 54. Years of smokeless tobacco use — a longtime practice on America’s baseball diamonds and dugouts — took its toll on Gwynn.
Justice delayed is justice denied.
The information contained in public records can sometimes be embarrassing for government employees and their supervisors when it chronicles the reasons disciplinary action was taken for unacceptable behavior.
Most people would agree, including those involved with the American Civil Liberties Union, that some information should remain secret for national security reasons.
In 2012 the state Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to meet its constitutional responsibility to fully fund basic education.
The recent rash of mass shootings, including two at schools in the Pacific Northwest, is horrific.
The Diversity Day Multicultural Festival takes place Sunday at Pioneer Park from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
School’s out for the summer.
Tuesday’s unexpected defeat of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., feels like 1994 — at least for those who live in Eastern Washington.
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed to never change the team’s name. In political and business dealings, of which this controversial issue is both, never say never.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is airing its dirty laundry in the sunshine (in public) as a disinfectant to the current delay-in-care scandal.
Surveys on such things as drunken driving or driving while high on drugs are not always accurate. After all, people surveyed on illegal activities tend to shade the truth, even tell outright lies.
If we’ve said it before (and we have) — and we will say it again — the rise in college tuition in Washington state is unsustainable. The state needs to select a funding source to provide adequate subsidies to the state-run universities and colleges.
A recent letter to the editor by Susan Newton reminded the community just how far students at Lincoln High School have come in achieving their goals, from graduating to going to college.
Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller’s decision to resign Tuesday was, as these decisions usually are, part personal and part professional.
It’s not wise for the U.S. government to negotiate with terrorist organizations or enemy nations.
School safety continues to be of great concern to parents and the general public across the nation. Violence in schools, including shootings, has become too prevalent.
In the past, tomatoes (a vegetable-like fruit) — played a role in American politics. They were tossed, usually when rotten, at politicians who had fallen out of favor.
When employers provide meals for employees because the demands of their jobs do not allow them to either bring food or dine elsewhere, it seems reasonable those meals would accommodate religious and dietary restrictions.
The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday that police in Arkansas did not violate a motorist’s Fourth Amendment rights by using excessive force — shooting and killing him and a passenger — after he led officers on a reckless, high-speed chase.
Does the attorney for a coalition of parents and education groups that successfully sued the state for not fully funding basic education think Washington has an unlimited supply of money? Does he think a printing press in the Capitol is churning out $100 bills?