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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.

Legislature, not high court, makes school funding decisions

In 2012 the state Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to meet its constitutional responsibility to fully fund basic education.

Better handling of mental illness could reduce mass killings

The recent rash of mass shootings, including two at schools in the Pacific Northwest, is horrific.

Diversity Day goes on with new volunteers and community spirit

The Diversity Day Multicultural Festival takes place Sunday at Pioneer Park from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

It’s summertime — be alert for kids playing

School’s out for the summer.

Is Cantor’s loss to tea party a signal of a national trend?

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.

It’s time to rename NFL franchise in D.C. (with video)

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.

VA studies what’s broken so problems can be fixed

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.

It’s a good time for state to focus on DUIs

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.

Heavy student loan debt is national concern

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.

Lincoln High continues to see graduation rates improve

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.

Resignation of public school superintendent a fresh start

Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller’s decision to resign Tuesday was, as these decisions usually are, part personal and part professional.

Negotiating with enemies is not good policy

It’s not wise for the U.S. government to negotiate with terrorist organizations or enemy nations.

Panic buttons could make schools safer

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.

The politics of potatoes is nonsensical

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.

Accommodation for religious food restrictions seems reasonable

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.

High court took narrow view in siding with cops in car-chase shooting

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.

Decisions on funding education remain with legislators

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?

Player lawsuits against NFL reducing risks

Taking drugs without prescriptions to mask pain and speed recovery from injuries has been a part of the NFL for decades.

Did WSU goof in naming new apple Cosmic Crisp?

Cosmic Crisp is the name of the new variety of apple developed by Washington State University researchers.

VA failures leave too many lives shattered

The horrific stories of veterans not having access to proper health care in a timely fashion resulting in serious conditions and death would seem so outrageously egregious they would be rejected as movie plot lines for being unrealistic.

Protest ban on Oregon’s Capitol steps unnecessary

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then.”

IRS shouldn’t contract out debt collection

The United States Internal Revenue Service isn’t particularly loved — or even liked.

Allowing kid to throw 194 pitches highlights problem

Major League pitchers are having Tommy John surgeries at an epidemic level this season. Fourteen pitchers have had the season-ending arm surgery and another is ready to go under the knife.

Every school in Washington is failing? Hmmm

Every school in Washington state, including those in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties, is failing students.

Time is up for VA leaders to fix huge problems

Providing top-notch medical care for the nation’s veterans is clearly a high priority for taxpayers (who are also voters), so it’s no surprise Congress is serious about making sure the necessary care is being provided.

Texting can make police standoffs more challenging

Smartphones have changed pretty much everything — including crime-suspect standoff negotiations.

Embattled NBA owner shows how not to act

If the NBA needed more ammunition to boot Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from its ranks for being a racist, it got plenty of it this week as Sterling attempted to redeem himself in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Sterling showed himself to be paranoid, delusional — as well as a racist — during the interview.