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Comedian’s death puts spotlight on suicide prevention

The death of well-known and well-liked celebrities brings attention to the cause of their death — whether cancer, heart disease or suicide.

Lawmakers have power to cut benefits

Without a doubt it stinks.

Message of compassion is one worth spreading

Scarlett Lewis’ 6-year-old son was among the 20 children murdered by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.

Wine, beer tasting welcome at Downtown Farmers Market

Allowing wine and beer to be sampled at Walla Walla’s Downtown Farmers Market is welcome. It adds one more feature to an already successful event every Saturday and Thursday.

Vicious Internet attacks in wake of Williams’ death disgusting

The suicide of comedian Robin Williams stunned and saddened the nation. His death hit many Americans hard because Williams is a person many have grown up with on television — “Mork & Mindy” — and in movies. Most folks have laughed with him along the way.

Walla Walla police union right to fight for raises

Walla Walla police officers should not have had to go to binding arbitration to get a reasonable pay raise.

Where will mentally ill in danger go now?

Is it better to restrain mentally ill people who are a clear danger to themselves and others or leave them alone, allowing them to wander the streets?

The top-two primary is working

Washington state, from a population standpoint, tends to be bluish — as in favoring the Democratic Party.

Tweak law so police can track stolen cellphones

Once again, the law lags behind technology.

US getting back into Iraq War is mistake

This morning, following the orders of President Obama, two U.S. F/A-18 Hornet jets dropped bombs on Islamic militants in Iraq. The president then threatened further military action. But he also vowed to not get dragged into another war.

Body-mounted cameras on police officers wise move

The Bellingham Police Department’s decision to put cameras on its officers seems to be a no-brainer. Yet, Bellingham police are among the first departments to take this bold — albeit expensive — step.

New school year brings new approaches to local education

As College Place opens its new high school this fall, it will look a little different from traditional schools — and it has nothing to do with the building. The differences will be its approach to education.

State attorney general in center of marijuana fight

When state Attorney General Bob Ferguson declared earlier this year that individual cities and counties can ban the growing, processing and selling of recreational marijuana it was taken as gospel by many local officials.

Those using the GI Bill should get solid education taxpayers expect

Over the past decade tuition for higher education has risen sharply, a result of public universities receiving less subsidy from taxpayers in their states.

Editorial: Get out and vote!

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

Grain shipments from Vancouver must resume

It’s hot, the wheat is ready and combines are harvesting throughout Walla Walla and Columbia counties.

Fatigued workers can be danger to themselves, others

The potentially deadly problem of trucker fatigue has the potential to change, even take, our lives every day.

Lift cap on taxable income as way to save Social Security

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.

Walla Walla Gun Club should get OK to build pistol range

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.

Balloon Stampede moving to fall makes sense

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.

Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to battle poverty hits bipartisan chord

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.

State school chief’s nightmare continues — and we all suffer

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.

Compromise to allow jogging on public golf course is wise

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.

City’s survey on new pool makes sense

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.

Vigilance key to getting veterans home constructed

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.

Fast-growing US debt can’t be ignored

Just when the nation’s economic outlook is starting to brighten, the Congressional Budget Office tosses a big bucket of reality our way.

Silly games of political revenge use serious issues

The U.S. government borrows about $4 billion a day, so it would seem tax collection would be a very high priority.

Free speech isn’t always popular speech

The right to free speech is not always easy to tolerate when exercised by others.

Taxing public’s access to the Internet wrong

The Internet is the highway to cyberspace. Its use has become essential to the nation and the world.

The Duke’s family takes on Duke University

Duke University is an elite private college in Durham, N.C. Just 17 percent of those who apply to be students are accepted.

Open government training will benefit elected officials, taxpayers

Government mandates. A phrase that too often sends chills down taxpayers’ spines.

State Legislature should allow remote testimony

Technology has brought the world closer together. Today, meetings can be held in cyberspace using video cameras, computers and other technology.

Politics, not science, drive Inslee’s water-quality decision

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.

As drones become more common, laws must keep up

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.

Nobody should smile if state funds misused for braces

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.

Fed’s education mandates hurt state students

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.

WWCC makes best of more budget cuts

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.

Walla Walla City Council wisely keeps its pledge to return bond money

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.

Celebrate the Fourth of July wisely and safely

High-flying fireworks that explode with a loud boom are extremely popular on the Fourth of July.

Delaying Walla Walla parking space project should save money

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.

Unanimous high court ruling sheds light on presidential power

Political gamesmanship played a role in U.S. government even before this country was a nation.

Current law mandating 12 weeks of family leave works

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.

Smartphones today can hold our most private information

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.

Does Walla Walla really want a simple swimming pool?

“The older I get, the better I was.”

Sending US troops back to Iraq is courting disaster

Last week President Obama authorized sending troops back to Iraq.

High court’s separation of chuch-state line misses mark

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.

Death of ex-WW Padre could help reduce use of smokeless tobacco

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.

Huge backlog of evidence in rape cases must be tested

Justice delayed is justice denied.

The people lose when denied access to their records

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.

Excessive secrecy on local government spying unnecessary

Most people would agree, including those involved with the American Civil Liberties Union, that some information should remain secret for national security reasons.