Internet voting is coming.
The state Senate this week rejected an educator-evaluation proposal that would have allowed the state to continue to be free from the onerous federal No Child Left Behind Act.
A groundbreaking ceremony on the grounds of the Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center took place in May to signal the project to build an 80-bed veterans home was under way — a done deal.
The public outcry in cyberspace has been loud in the days since the City Council voted to close the Aviary.
It would be a mistake — and incredibly unpopular — to close the Pioneer Park Aviary.
Did I read correctly, or does the Union-Bulletin Editorial Board favor the idol of the marketplace over consumers’ rights to know what they are purchasing for consumption by their family or business?
It’s hardly a shock 90 percent of the Walla Walla High School staff members favor a bond proposal of some sort to upgrade the school’s facilities.
Something very exciting is going on at Sherwood Center.
Congress raised the nation’s debt limit this week with (relatively speaking) little notice. That’s good.
While the fiscal merits of the reorganization fall to the county commissioners, it is the sheriff — as an elected official — who is responsible.
Turner is an elected official who answers to the voters, and only the voters.
Michael Sam’s announcement took guts, but ultimately he will not be the first gay football player nor the last.
Sam's announcement was a gutsy decision as a few bigots will come out from the woodwork to taunt him. But other than that — so what?
The community, which has been amazing at meeting emergency demands to help the homeless in freezing temperatures, seems to be moving in that direction.
One of the many things that makes Walla Walla an interesting place to live is the weather.
Proposed legislation to Congress provides that option and ensures labeling standards would be uniform across the US.
Although science has not determined food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are dangerous, or even unhealthy, some folks are squeamish about consuming those foods.
Drug overdoses are, sadly, all too common among high-profile celebrities from rock stars to Oscar winners such as Hoffman.
No, you weren’t dreaming. It really happened. The Seahawks did win the Super Bowl on Sunday with a performance so dominating the Pacific Northwest is still stunned.
Sick leave is important. Yet, a proposal in Olympia to mandate sick leave for workers has the potential to do far more harm than good.
As technology improves, a day will come when vehicles powered by internal-combustion engines become a rarity.
When the Founding Fathers established the Bill of Rights, nobody could envision the type of technology we have today. People in the 18th century knew nothing of cellphones (or landline telephones).
It’s ironic the U.S. Postal Service, an agency that operated at a net loss of $26 billion over the past two years, is considering going into the loan business. Actually, more like the loan shark business.
State lawmakers, whether serving in the Republican-controlled Senate or the Democrat-controlled House, accept that Washington state needs increased funding for basic education.
The debate over whether — and how — marijuana will be legalized in Washington state didn’t end with the passage of Initiative 502. It’s still in full swing.
Most people spend thousands of dollars a year on insurance — whether for their cars, homes or health. Yet, nobody expects (or wants) to experience the disaster insurance is purchased to cover.
The Seattle Seahawks will be landing in Newark, N.J., on Sunday to give themselves a week to focus on winning the Super Bowl.
Voters in the College Place School District would be wise to approve the four-year school levy to keep the positive momentum for education in the community.
A solid proposal in Olympia would require elected officials and government employees to undergo training on public access to information.
When government officials are doing the jobs they were elected or hired to do, it’s easy to get focused on the day-to-day tasks and lose sight that the work being done is for the people.
Last week a 20-year-old woman died of what appeared to be a drug overdose in Walla Walla County. It was the third local drug-related death so far this year — that means in the past three weeks.
The state of Washington must increase the amount of money it provides local school districts to pay for basic education.
Some law enforcement officers in Washington state, including the current and former sheriffs of King County, supported the voter-approved initiative that legalized marijuana.
Two new medium security units at that Washington State Penitentiary — at a cost of $47.5 million — have been completed, which means the future for corrections in Walla Walla is bright. Hundreds of stable, well-paying jobs will remain in the community.
Walla Walla County commissioners made the right call Monday when they unanimously voted to merge the Public Health and Human Services into a single department — and save taxpayers $400,000 a year.
Last track season about 190 athletes turned out for the Walla Walla High School varsity track and field team. That’s an impressive number, but not an unusual one for Wa-Hi. The spring sport attracts between 150 to 190 boys and girls year after year.
Last week the state Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to submit a plan detailing how it will fully fund basic education by 2018.
Mandating state lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment or the state loses $1 billion a year in funding is, on principle, wrong.
Over the past 15 years Tim Eyman has made Democrats (and a few Republicans) in the state Capitol as uncomfortable as a wool sweater on a 100-degree day.
A majority of the Walla Walla City Council members don’t seem to read the mood of the public.
Washington state’s voters approved the legalization of marijuana last year, but a large number of city officials have not embraced the concept.
Convenient, affordable air service is critical for the Walla Walla Valley.
Often — too often — government employees are unfairly criticized for simply doing their jobs.
At the risk of being labeled unpatriotic, people need to review efforts to get the military budget under control.
The approach would force Congress to debate the merits and vote rather than just keep adding things.
Sunsets in nature are beautiful. Sunsets in tax policy can force supporters to provide evidence on why tax or fee increases or tax breaks merit continuation.
This is the traditional time of year to review the past year and to set our sights on the new year. Our desire for improvements led to the creation of New Year’s Resolutions.
A case making its way through the Benton County Superior Court may bring some clarity to whether information about low-level sex offenders contained in registration forms can be released under the state’s Public Record Act.
One of the most often quoted — and so often misunderstood — sections of the First Amendment is “freedom of the press.”
Pro baseball is said to be looking into giving pitchers options to protect themselves from balls coming off bats at 120 mph.
Player safety, particularly the prevention of head injuries, has become a focus of the NFL. It’s resulted in better helmets and rules designed to limit helmet-to-helmet contact.
Live broadcasts of hearings will allow people to see what goes on in court and better understand how justices arrive at their decisions.
From Congress to the White House to the federal court system, officials almost universally claim to be committed to open and transparent government.
Double-dipping is wrong. Yet, it’s occurring in Washington state.
The Milton-Freewater area alternative high school is closing in the fall, leaving about 100 students without a school to fit their needs.
Alternative high schools have become essential. These schools provide options for teenagers who don’t, for whatever reason, fit into the traditional high school model.
The cold, hard facts suggest reducing the size of the Pioneer Park Aviary when rebuilding the facility that’s home to 200 birds of many types and colors.
About 43,000 families in Washington state received welfare in October, which is a 41 percent reduction since 2011. About 73,000 families were on the welfare rolls at that time.
In recent years the antics in Congress — by Republicans and Democrats alike — have been juvenile and selfish. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate have refused to compromise on anything of importance, threatening to take their ball and go home like a spoiled brat who doesn’t get his way.
It’s been noted by many, and correctly, that the refusal by some people to accept responsibility for their bad behavior is a growing concern in American society.
Parking in downtown Walla Walla — or, to be precise, lack of parking — seems to be a constant concern.