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Editorial: Walla Walla Council puts solid pool plan on ballot

Voters have three times rejected proposals for building an aquatic center in Walla Walla. And each proposal had fewer bells and whistles — slides, wave pools, etc. — but the projects were apparently not austere enough for citizens.

Editorial - US tax code fixes should be permanent

The U.S. tax code should be stable, a document taxpayers (or their accountants) can count on for long-range planning purposes.

Editorial - Yakama Nation’s sacred land should remain closed to public

The Yakama Nation has reason to be upset with the decision by Congress to allow public access to the summit of Rattlesnake Mountain, the tribe’s sacred land.

Editorial - Social Security officials’ deception needs scrutiny

The Social Security Administration seems to be run by a few disingenuous, irrational knuckleheads.

Editorial - Rural Library District should drop plans for urban library

Now is the time for the Walla Walla Rural Library District board of directors to rethink the wisdom of its plan to build a central library in the Walla Walla-College Place urban area. The concept made no sense when it was proposed two years ago and nothing has changed to justify its construction.

Editorial - Dip in gas prices could be chance to improve US highways, bridges

The plunging price of gasoline from about $4 to $3 a gallon has done more than allowed drivers to keep a few more of their hard-earned dollars, it also presents an opportunity to upgrade the nation’s crumbling transportation infrastructure.

Editorial: Postal Service shouldn’t become payday lender

A brouhaha is brewing in the nation’s capital over the Senate confirmation for Mickey Barnett’s second term on the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors.

End of license plate replacement mandate welcome

A Washington state vehicle license plate made of metal with a good coat (or more) of paint doesn’t wear out easily. Heck, even those that get rammed a few times can look pretty darn good.

One-year extension of state sales tax deduction welcome

The federal income tax deduction for the sales tax Washingtonians pay is on track to be preserved for another year. The U.S. House, in a 378-46 vote, approved a package of about 50 federal tax break extensions that includes a one-year continuation of the sales tax deduction.

Editorial: Accommodating pregnant workers with light duty is reasonable

It has been 36 years since Congress approved the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, yet only now has the U.S. Supreme Court been asked if employers are mandated to offer light duty to those who are pregnant.

Editorial - City’s approved budget has right priorities

The city’s roads, despite a solid effort by the city to repair them, still stink.

Editorial -Turning threats into lyrics doesn’t make them protected speech

Artistic speech is generally protected speech as the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to free expression.

Editorial - Kidney-transplant rationing is harsh, but necessary

Kidneys and other human organs that can be transplanted are a scarce commodity.

Editorial - NFL arbitrator's reinstatement of Ray Rice seems to OK abuse

Domestic abuse is never acceptable. Never.

Generic drug price hikes defy reason

It appears generic drug manufacturers have taken a page out of the playbook of oil companies, which seem to find innovative ways of manipulating the market to maximize profits.

Editorial: Greed may put firms out of business

Greed has perverted the American Dream.

Editorial: Despite request, there’s no need to change law

It is never a surprise when a government entity balks at a public disclosure request and then squawks about how onerous it will be to fulfill the request.

State insurance commissioner’s candor refreshing

Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is a Democrat, but he isn’t anybody’s yes man — including President Obama’s.

Education reform remains elusive in state

Education has been reformed so many times in Washington state it seems to have come full circle. The state is starting over.

Editorial: Washington state can’t afford lower class-size mandate

The voters have spoken, and Initiative 1351 will become law. A bad law, but a law nevertheless.

Editorial: Lawmakers should take slow approach to boosting state education funding

The state’s economy seems to finally be growing.

Editorial - NFL star’s beating of his child was abuse

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson abused his 4-year-old son when he repeatedly beat the child with a small tree branch, leaving him bloodied and bruised. That behavior is abhorrent and should not be tolerated in society.

City of Walla Walla’s leaf pickup is a great service

Local government is pretty much the same everywhere. Water, sewer, public safety and roads are the major concerns.

Editorial: Give generously to United Way of Walla Walla County

The success of the annual United Way of Walla Walla County campaign is critical to this community. The money raised supports services used by 30,000 in this county every year.

Community warming shelter should be established

The First Congregational Church of Walla Walla came to the rescue. The church on Palouse Street opened its doors to be the city’s warming center for those who had no place to seek protection from the weekend’s frigid — and dangerous — temperatures.

Editorial: Obama’s effort to promote ‘net neutrality’ is welcome

President Obama is seeking to protect “net neutrality” with his proposal to regulate Internet service providers in the same way the emerging telephone industry was regulated in 1913.

SEA-TECH provides career opportunities, options for students

The Walla Walla Valley is fortunate to have a new and important educational opportunity that will give local high school students more — and better — options as they chart their future.

No excuse for pathetic voter turnout in US

Voter turnout in Walla Walla County was strong in comparison to the lousy voter turnout statewide and nationally.

Editorial: Voter mandate to lower class sizes creates turmoil

State lawmakers already faced an enormous task heading into their annual session in January.

Editorial: Let’s hope I-594 is limited in scope

Initiative 594 (expanding background checks on gun sales and transfers) was approved in a landslide Tuesday, but that does not necessarily mean it will be a great law.

Football playoffs kick off — and Wa-Hi is in hunt

Pro football and big-time college gridiron action capture the attention of ESPN and the other 24/7 sports channels, but it’s high school football that really means something to communities throughout America.

Republicans, Obama must work together to end gridlock

Republicans got what they wanted — control of Congress.

Lighten up! Nothing wrong with US Postal Service selling fun stamps

The U.S. Postal Service can’t win. Or, at least, that’s how those running the federal agency probably feel.

Green light for splash pad is positive for Walla Walla

Summer should be a lot cooler for kids in Walla Walla next summer.

Seahawks gesture brings joy to grieving teens

The Seattle Seahawks sell out every game. Seahawk jerseys, hoodies and T-shirts are the best sellers in the NFL.

Don’t forget to cast your ballot

General Election Day is almost here, yet most folks who plan to vote have already done so.

Selfless acts by high school athletes inspiring

The National Football League has had a few recent, high-profile domestic violence incidents that have triggered some disdain for the NFL and, at least to some, athletics in general.

Clear rules on free meals for state lawmakers are welcome

State lawmakers don’t need free — very expensive — meals. And, as we’ve argued for years, they should not take them in most cases.

Free speech on the Internet is protected

The Washington state Supreme Court is poised to make a ruling on the limits of free speech on the Internet that could have far reaching implications.

WWCC president can mend rift with faculty

The turmoil at Walla Walla Community College is surprising, perhaps even shocking, given the school has been hailed as the best community college in the nation. Even the school’s president, Steve VanAusdle, was surprised about the depth of the discord.

Disability claims should not be allowed to linger

Government inefficiency — too often supercharged with incompetence — has left the American people with low expectations. We’ve come to expect a slow response and long line when seeking government help or services.

Editorial: Johnson and Stephens are easy picks for Supreme Court

Four state Supreme Court positions are on the Nov. 4 ballot. Two are uncontested.

It’s time for US to do away with the draft

Although nobody in the United States has been drafted into the military in more than 40 years, it remains violation of federal law if men do not register for the draft between the ages of 18 and 25.

Editorial: Ignore useless advisory votes on the ballot

Once again, advisory votes are on the 2014 General Election ballot. Don’t waste your time filling in the oval or giving the two faux measures any thought.

Editorial - Police chief’s disingenuous election stand is insulting

Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber continues to say he has not taken sides in the sheriff’s race between incumbent John Turner and incumbent Tom Cooper.

Editorial: Rep. McMorris Rodgers should be re-elected

Although Congress — the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House — remains dysfunctional, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been doing a relatively good job representing the 5th Congressional District over the last two years.

Editorial: Martin should be re-elected Walla Walla County auditor

Walla Walla County Auditor Karen Martin has done an excellent job running the Auditor’s Office for the past 16 years. Voters should re-elect her for another four years.

Editorial: Duncan has slight edge in Walla Walla County commission race

In the race between Dale Johnson and Jim Duncan for the open seat on the Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners, the winner is clear — it’s the voters.

Editorial: Rep. Terry Nealey is the clear choice

Rep. Terry Nealey, a Dayton Republican, has done an excellent job representing for 16th Legislative District.