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Editorial: Recognition on money could be Hall of Fame

A movement to change the face on the $20 bill to honor a woman has morphed to discussions about changing the $10 bill instead.

Editorial: It’s hot, hot, hot, so use fireworks carefully this Independence Day

When the temperature hangs in the triple digits for several days and the winter snowpack was extremely low — as is currently the situation in the Walla Walla Valley — the chances of a fire starting because of a fireworks mishap is far higher than usual.

Editorial: Majority should rule in statewide elections

Does majority rule after the votes are counted in a statewide election?

Editorial: Supreme Court ruling gives ACA chance to succeed

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last week. President Obama declared, “After multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay.”

Editorial - Successful music festival in Iowa bodes well for WW

Walla Walla’s gentlemen (and one woman) of the road stopover was a success.

Editorial - The movement to remove Confederate battle flag welcome

It’s time for the Confederate battle flag to be called what it is — socially unacceptable. That flag represents racism and hate.

Editorial - FCC has no reason not to OK roboblocking technology

The Federal Communications Commission made the correct call last week when it approved a new rule that gives telephone companies the green light to offer to consumers technologies designed to block computer-generated telephone calls — known as robocalls

Editorial - State’s AG right to push hard for Hanford cleanup

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is appropriately playing hardball with the U.S. Department of Energy over its seemingly endless pleas to delay cleaning up its nuclear waste at Hanford.

Editorial - Current street-work blitz in WW will result in better roads

It seems as if streets are torn up all over the place. The road construction around Walla Walla — particularly in the downtown area — is crazy.

Editorial: WSU President Elson Floyd was a strong, passionate leader

Washington State University — and all of Washington state — lost a great leader Saturday when WSU President Elson Floyd died of complications from colon cancer.

Editorial - Fire protection consolidation makes sense for Waitsburg

The city of Waitsburg is making the wise move in attempting to consolidate a government service — fire protection — to better serve the taxpayers at a lower cost.

Editorial: When states issues license plates they control content

Free speech is not an unfettered right.

Editorial - Lawmakers have no excuse for not approving budget

When lawmakers convened in the Capitol in January all 147 of them knew they had 105 days to agree on a state budget.

Editorial: Pot might be legal, but employers can ban use by workers

The use of marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes is legal under state law in Washington and Colorado and will be legal in Oregon starting in July.

Editorial: Foo Fighters singer put audience before his own pain

Although Mumford & Sons are the driving force in the Gentlemen of the Road Tour, which makes a stop in Walla Walla on Aug. 14 and 15, many who have tickets for the festival are most excited about the opportunity to see the Foo Fighters.

Editorial: State funding will have to replace local school levies

State lawmakers know what they must do to comply with a state Supreme Court mandate to fully fund basic education. The Legislature has to accept a greater share of funding education while reducing the amount local taxpayers pump into school funding.

Editorial - Turn lanes make sense at Alder Street and Second Avenue

Walla Walla City Council wisely opted not to second guess its decision on including turn lanes at Second Avenue as part of the Alder Street reconstruction — at least until there is opportunity for more public comment.

Editorial board: Gov. Jay Inslee did not lie or try to mislead

Gov. Jay Inslee did not lie. We got it wrong Wednesday when we rebuked the governor for what we believed to be intentional deception in regard to the possible siting of a combined crude oil and biofuel refinery in the Longview, Wash., area.

Editorial: Governor shouldn’t lie about projects he knows about

Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration has been in talks with Riverside Energy to build a combined crude oil and biofuel refinery near Longview, Wash.

Editorial - WW Sweets already heating up another summer

This year’s squad is certainly exciting. It’s going to be a lot of fun at Borleske Stadium for the next two and a half months as the Sweets make a run for the West Coast League title under new head coach Frank Mutz.

Editorial: Retail cannabis shop in WW established as voters intended

Walla Walla will have its first pot shop in August, nearly three years after voters across the state legalized marijuana. Some folks aren’t happy about that.

Editorial - Splash pad will be great addition to Walla Walla

The Walla Walla weather is heating up, which could provide perfect timing for the debut of the city’s newest (and only) kid-magnet water attraction — the Washington Park splash pad.

Editorial: Presentation to lawmakers on US Open golf should be public

Next week the U.S. Open — a big-time pro golf championship — comes to Washington state for the first time. The much-ballyhooed event will be played at Chambers Bay golf course in Pierce County, which has folks in that area very excited.

Editorial: Future of GET program less important than cutting tuition

The outrageous increases in college tuition over the past decade — from about $5,000 a year in 2005 to more than $11,000 today — have reduced access to public higher education and put a financial strain on many families in Washington state.

Editorial: EPA should let states set water quality rules

When Gov. Jay Inslee decided last year to significantly increase the estimate for Washington state fish consumption — a number used to calculate the trace amount of toxic chemicals allowed in water — we feared it would result in unreasonable water quality rules.

Editorial: Legislature must get serious about budget

The state Legislature is now in its second overtime, which leaves less than a month for lawmakers to approve a budget so state government is funded when the two-year budget cycle begins July 1. If not, the government will start shutting down and many employees will be let go until a deal is reached.

Editorial: City plan to curb downtown park problems moves forward

As the city of Walla Walla seeks to curb problems in its two downtown parks, it is wisely focusing on the source of the problem — unacceptable behavior.

Editorial - Latest local-centric WWCC program is fine addition

Walla Walla Community College’s middle name is Community, so it shouldn’t be a surprise the college has come up with another clever program to help those living in the Valley.

Editorial - Corruption by world soccer officials can’t be allowed to stand

Soccer, the most popular sport in the word, is a game that continues to grow in the United States as generations have now played it and have come to embrace it. Soccer has also seen huge growth in the Valley.

Editorial: Good to have new WSLCB regulate medical marijuana

The road to legal marijuana in Washington state has been trickier to navigate than Alder Street (through construction and yet-to-be-fixed potholes), but the state Liquor Control Board — the agency put in charge of regulating the cannabis industry — is making real progress.

Editorial - Plaza Way/Ninth Ave. roundabout decision is state’s to make

To have a roundabout or not have a roundabout, that is the $3.9 million question — and it’s one that has a lot of folks in the Walla Walla Valley fired up.

Editorial - Reopening of Lyons Ferry Park great for SE Washington

The park, sited on the Snake River, is an easy drive to the east from Walla Walla. It offers access to the river or an opportunity to simply enjoy being near the river.

Editorial - Efforts to revitalize M-F will benefit entire Valley

The folks in Milton-Freewater are generating ideas and energy aimed at revitalizing the city only a few miles from Walla Walla across the Oregon border.

Editorial: State Senate’s social media policy is lame

Those elected to the state House and Senate like to feel in control, and they are in matters such as approving the state budget and setting state policy.

Editorial: Effort to punish teachers who strike for a day isn’t productive

Timing is everything — particularly in politics.

Editorial: VA medical care must be best, not worst

People often point to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an example of what’s wrong with government.

Editorial - Balloonists’ spring flight is fine gesture to community

Think of the five hot-air balloons floating over Walla Walla last weekend — on what would have been the usual date for Balloon Stampede had the festival not been moved to October — as a gesture of good will.

Editorial: New carbon tax plan is no better than previous one

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon emissions tax is once again in play, this time being pushed by Senate Democrats in the current special session of the Legislature.

Editorial - Teacher-pay issue hinges on source of funds

The current debate over teacher pay in the state Legislature isn’t as much about the amount, but who is picking up the tab — at least in the eyes of the state’s Supreme Court justices.

Editorial: End self-service ban at Oregon gasoline stations

The Oregon Legislature is poised to lift the arcane ban on customers pumping their own gasoline, but only in the more rural areas of the state.

Editorial: Banning of Steinbeck classic by Idaho school is shortsighted

A curriculum review committee at an Idaho school district has recommended the use of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” for classroom instruction be restricted.

Letter - New track at Wa-Hi a win for community

Having a new, state-of-the-art track at Walla Walla High School will be great for the students and, ultimately, the community.

Editorial: Congress must curb NSA data collection powers

The Fourth Amendment was enacted by the Founding Fathers to prohibit unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. It requires warrants for searches to be approved by judges and supported by probable cause.

Editorial: Community benefits from mental health tax

Before Walla Walla County commissioners agreed to raise the sales tax one-tenth of 1 percent to fund mental health and chemical dependency treatment programs, they insisted on a detailed plan of action.

Editorial: Hanford nuclear cleanup must be federal priority

Dangerous, radioactive nuclear waste has been accumulating at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation since World War II despite a promise by the federal government to clean up the site.

Editorial: Lawmakers should ban campaign fundraising prior to special sessions

State lawmakers returned to Olympia last week for a special session — some of them with their campaign war chests newly restocked. And, as a result, some of the votes taken as the House and Senate approve the state budget could feel tainted.

Editorial - City’s effort to curb problems at downtown parks makes sense

The Walla Walla City Council’s preferred approach to dealing with the problems at downtown’s Heritage Square park — usually disorderly conduct and alcohol and drug use — is sound.

Editorial - Government role in crop production should be narrowed

A 12-year battle over government confiscation of raisins — yes, raisins — could change the way farm production has been regulated since the Great Depression.

Editorial - Embattled state auditor should resign office

State Auditor Troy Kelley was elected to office over two years ago despite ethics concerns.

Editorial - High court must give lawmakers chance to fully fund education

The state Attorney General’s Office is asking the state Supreme Court (and it’s doing so in a very nice tone) to let lawmakers finish the current legislative session now going into a 30-day overtime before deciding whether to impose contempt sanctions for not fully funding basic education fast enough.