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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 31, 2020, file photo, Washington Army and Air National Guard soldiers confer in an operations room at Camp Murray, Wash. The state of Washington is calling in the National Guard to help process unemployment benefit claims as officials grapple with a backlog caused in part by a fraud ring that stole more than half a billion dollars in aid, officials said Thursday, June 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)

Editorial: Take steps to make most of next jobless aid bill

State and federal authorities need to improve delivery of unemployment benefits for covid relief.

 

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Editorial: We can meet increased need caused by covid

As GivingTuesday nears, consider how you can help nonprofits with the work they do in your community.

 

A latte is made at Narrative Coffee on Oct. 4, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Covid only upped need for Small Business Saturday

Locally owned businesses need your support to survive the pandemic. Here’s how to do so safely.

 

Tonya Drake is chancellor of WGU Washington. (Courtesy of WGU)

Editorial: Education can build on Native Americans’ heritage

There are obstacles to higher education, but also new opportunities to increase students’ access.

Tonya Drake is chancellor of WGU Washington. (Courtesy of WGU)
Customers place their orders at Sisters on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Our best hope is to cope with covid limits

Restrictions on eateries and shops are painful but can suppress the virus until a vaccine is ready.

Customers place their orders at Sisters on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Fifth grader Vivian Fisher get help setting up a ChromeBook from Jody Urban at Frank Wagoner Elementary on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. Students of Frank Wagoner Elementary School returned on Wednesday to collect computers and other supplies to finish up the rest of the school year at home. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Monroe schools take safe path on students’ return

Stepping back from a threat to fire teachers, the district paused plans to return students to schools.

Fifth grader Vivian Fisher get help setting up a ChromeBook from Jody Urban at Frank Wagoner Elementary on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Monroe, Wa. Students of Frank Wagoner Elementary School returned on Wednesday to collect computers and other supplies to finish up the rest of the school year at home. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Volunteers await the next grouping a cars Friday morning at the Faith Food Bank at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett on October 9, 2020.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Food banks need our help especially now

The pandemic’s surge has deepened the demand and complicated efforts to serve those in need.

Volunteers await the next grouping a cars Friday morning at the Faith Food Bank at Faith Lutheran Church in Everett on October 9, 2020.   (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Customer Kyung Kim, right, and her daughter Alexa Oh, 9, are handed their purchased baked goods through an open door by cashier Donna Te as they maintain social distance and wear masks Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state and county health officials have warned of a spike in coronavirus cases across the state, and pleaded with the public to take the pandemic more seriously heading into the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Editorial: As holidays approach let’s be thankful but wary

News of a vaccine is tempered by a sobering increase in infection rates. We can’t let up yet.

Customer Kyung Kim, right, and her daughter Alexa Oh, 9, are handed their purchased baked goods through an open door by cashier Donna Te as they maintain social distance and wear masks Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state and county health officials have warned of a spike in coronavirus cases across the state, and pleaded with the public to take the pandemic more seriously heading into the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Voters stand in line to get their ballots at the Robert J. Drewel Administration Building on the 
Snohomsish County Campus on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Editorial: Baseless vote fraud allegations insult democracy

Unsubstatiated charges of voter fraud risk damage to public confidence in our election systems.

Voters stand in line to get their ballots at the Robert J. Drewel Administration Building on the 
Snohomsish County Campus on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
The "Too Much Talent," band performs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as arguments are heard about the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Editorial: Biden, Congess can restore health of the ACA

Statements by two justices offer hope the ACA’s constitutionality will be upheld. But work remains.

The "Too Much Talent," band performs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as arguments are heard about the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Travonna Thompson-Wiley, with Black Action Coalition, speaks at the Count Every Vote - Protect Every Person rally and march in Occidental Park in Seattle on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. A coalition of groups organized the event, which drew hundreds of people. The coalition demanded that every vote is counted and orderly transition of power, as well as the elimination the electoral college, defunding the police, eradicating ICE/CBP and investing in Black communities. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times via AP)

Editorial: Electoral College interferes in votes of Americans

At best it’s a bothersome redundancy; at worst a paternalistic denial of American voting rights.

Travonna Thompson-Wiley, with Black Action Coalition, speaks at the Count Every Vote - Protect Every Person rally and march in Occidental Park in Seattle on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. A coalition of groups organized the event, which drew hundreds of people. The coalition demanded that every vote is counted and orderly transition of power, as well as the elimination the electoral college, defunding the police, eradicating ICE/CBP and investing in Black communities. (Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times via AP)
Andrew Hougardy, a worker at the King County election headquarters in Renton, Wash., views an "alternative format" ballot held up by a co-worker during ballot processing and counting, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Washington is a vote by mail state, and thousands of ballots have already been mailed back, dropped off in boxes, or cast in person. Although counting has begun, no results will be known to workers or released until the night of election day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Calling on the ’brethern of the same principle’

We can seem far from Jefferson’s ideal of shared purpose, but it’s there if we listen to each other.

Andrew Hougardy, a worker at the King County election headquarters in Renton, Wash., views an "alternative format" ballot held up by a co-worker during ballot processing and counting, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Washington is a vote by mail state, and thousands of ballots have already been mailed back, dropped off in boxes, or cast in person. Although counting has begun, no results will be known to workers or released until the night of election day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 1964, file photo, staffers work on election night at the Washington, D.C. bureau of The Associated Press. As it has for more than 170 years, The Associated Press will count the vote and report the results of presidential, congressional and state elections quickly, accurately and without fear or favor on Nov. 3 and beyond. (AP Photo/File)

Editorial: They also serve, who only vote and wait

Regardless of how Americans vote, every vote counts and every vote must be counted.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 1964, file photo, staffers work on election night at the Washington, D.C. bureau of The Associated Press. As it has for more than 170 years, The Associated Press will count the vote and report the results of presidential, congressional and state elections quickly, accurately and without fear or favor on Nov. 3 and beyond. (AP Photo/File)
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Editorial: A recap of our general election endorsements

Get your ballot in by mail or drop box soon to make sure it counts in the Nov. 3 election.

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Some county auditors throughout the state are worried about ballot issues, but say voters shouldn't worry. (Herald file)

Editorial: A recap of The Herald’s primary endorsements

Make sure your vote counts by returning or mailing your ballot before Aug. 4

Some county auditors throughout the state are worried about ballot issues, but say voters shouldn't worry. (Herald file)
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Editorial: Approve 8212 to make most of long-term care fund

Approval would allow the fund — supporting care services — to be carefully invested by a state board.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Editorial: Joe Biden can restore nation to normalcy

His nearly 50 years of public service can guide the country in confronting a range of challenges.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Michigan State Fairgrounds in Novi, Mich., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Paul J. Lawrence, attorney for the Legislature, addresses justices during a hearing before the Washington Supreme Court Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. The court heard oral arguments in the case that will determine whether state lawmakers are subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to other elected officials under the voter-approved Public Records Act. The hearing before the high court was an appeal of a case that was sparked by a September 2017 lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Editorial: Montoya-Lewis, Whitener for state Supreme Court

Both justices’ legal experience is further informed by their perspectives as women and minorities.

Paul J. Lawrence, attorney for the Legislature, addresses justices during a hearing before the Washington Supreme Court Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. The court heard oral arguments in the case that will determine whether state lawmakers are subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to other elected officials under the voter-approved Public Records Act. The hearing before the high court was an appeal of a case that was sparked by a September 2017 lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Editorial: Grant best choice for county Superior Court seat

Robert Grant and Cassandra Lopez Shaw are well qualified but Grant has served as a pro tem judge.

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Courtney Normand, director of the Planned Parenthood-affiliated political group Safe & Healthy Youth Washington that is supporting a sex education requirement for public schools, poses for a photo Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Arlington, Wash. Democrats in the famously liberal state say they want to protect young people from sexual abuse, diseases and infections. But the increasingly outnumbered and aggrieved Republicans have taken issue with the content of the standards as they rally for local control. The resulting referendum on the November ballot marks the first time in the country that such a decision on sex ed will be decided by voters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Editorial: Yes on Ref. 90 serves parents’ choice, kids’ health

It assures — at parents’ option — all K-12 students can get age-appropriate sexual health education.

Courtney Normand, director of the Planned Parenthood-affiliated political group Safe & Healthy Youth Washington that is supporting a sex education requirement for public schools, poses for a photo Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Arlington, Wash. Democrats in the famously liberal state say they want to protect young people from sexual abuse, diseases and infections. But the increasingly outnumbered and aggrieved Republicans have taken issue with the content of the standards as they rally for local control. The resulting referendum on the November ballot marks the first time in the country that such a decision on sex ed will be decided by voters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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