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Heritage Park should be open for all to use

A public park, by definition, is open to everyone.

Oregon voters should consider Washington’s legal pot mess

Oregon is preparing for the legalization of marijuana. Will it learn from Washington’s mistakes?

Fake 9-1-1 calls as pranks aren’t funny — they are dangerous and expensive

Throughout history young people (and even some older ones) get a kick pranking their pals. And those pranks change with the times.

Walla Walla School Board should let public help solve problems

Walla Walla School District Interim Superintendent Bill Jordan is certainly well qualified for the job he took on when former Superintendent Mick Miller resigned in June. In fact, with experience as an assistant superintendent in Walla Walla and as superintendent in Prescott for three years, Jordan would seem a strong candidate to take the position permanently if he wanted it.

Cantwell’s call to eliminate Redskins name might succeed

The National Football League is once again coming under fire for allowing the Washington, D.C., franchise to retain Redskins as its nickname. This time by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

WSU-UW turf war shouldn’t get in way of new medical school

Is Washington state big enough for two publicly funded medical schools?

Retirees should not be collecting ‘unemployable’ benefit from VA

Tens of thousands of veterans who are beyond retirement age — and have no intention of getting a job — are receiving substantial “unemployability” benefits.

High court’s threat to punish state Legislature goes too far

Will the state Supreme Court “jump the shark”?

Culture that allowed lies in VA medical system must change

As investigators file their reports on the scandal that’s engulfed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical system, it’s looking even worse for VA officials.

Lack of basic decency at beach party troubling

The Illia Dunes recreation area on the Lower Snake River has apparently become the place college-age folks go to celebrate the end of summer.

NFL player’s domestic abuse spurs outrage

Watching the brutal punches thrown by former NFL player Ray Rice at his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Palmer is more than disturbing — it’s stomach-turning horrifying.

Walla Walla City Council should find way to keep Aviary open

Friends of the Pioneer Park Aviary, the group raising money to keep the bird sanctuary going, should be given more time. The group fell $50,000 short of the amount needed to secure the Aviary’s future.

Port of Walla Walla shouldn’t buy downtown land

The Port of Walla Walla, as a taxpayer-funded government entity, should not compete with private businesses. Its mission, as stated on its website, is “fostering economic development throughout Walla Walla County.”

Proceed carefully in pushing insurance companies to cover sickest patients

The health care overhaul, the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) prevents insurers from rejecting customers with expensive pre-existing medical conditions. Yet, insurance companies have figured out ways to discourage those expensive patients from buying their insurance.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge faces some challenges

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been fun — and successful.

Bans on access to marijuana undercut intent of Initiative 502

Walla Walla County commissioners are ignoring the will of the state’s voters and the spirit of the law by approving a ban on all marijuana operations in the county’s unincorporated areas.

Court overzealous in its education funding mandates

The state Supreme Court seems to be power tripping.

Slow down! School is open

All schools are now open in the Walla Walla Valley. Make sure to slow down in school zones.

State AG’s refresher on separation of powers welcome

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson gave the state Supreme Court justices a needed reminder of basic civics last week.

Manipulating memories could be boon — or disaster

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successfully implanted a false memory into a mouse’s brain by manipulating its brain’s circuitry.

Appeals of ACA rulings should not be linked to politics

Obamacare has become the name for the Affordable Care Act, particularly when trying to make political points — negative or positive. Republicans use Obamacare as a pejorative while Democrats use Obamacare as a point of pride.

Bringing back grizzlies to NW too dangerous

It is unfortunate grizzly bears that once roamed the wilds of the Pacific Northwest were killed and squeezed from their natural habitats by man. But what’s done is done. There is no magic time machine to bring the past back.

VA probe of care delays meaningless

Investigators for the Veterans Affairs Department found no proof delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix.

It’s Fair time!

Another wonderful Walla Walla summer is about to give way to fall. That means it is, once again, time for the biggest community festival of the year — the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days.

No Child Left Behind Act waste of tax dollars

Tens of thousands of tax dollars are about to be wasted.

Limiting free meals for state lawmakers is a good move

The free meals many state lawmakers receive from lobbyists bending their ears probably don’t influence too many — if any — decisions, but an invitation to fine dining does buy some face time with legislators.

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.