In Our View

Pamela Propeck works on an assignment at the Advanced Manufacturing Training & Education Center Wednesday morning at Everett Community College on June 3, 2020. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Editorial: Students, economy need boost of free college

EvCC canceled students’ debt, showing what free community college can deliver to students and employers.

 

The 214-foot tall cranes work to unload their first cargo shipments at South Terminal at the Port of Everett on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Murphy can bring more transparency to port board

Voters will choose between two strong candidates for Everett’s port board, each with years of service.

 

A houseboat rests in a cove at Lake Powell Friday, July 30, 2021, near Page, Ariz. This summer, the water levels hit a historic low amid a climate change-fueled megadrought engulfing the U.S. West. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Editorial: Summer of extremes calls for climate change action

The significant investments now considered by Congress are our best chance to limit climate change.

 

Vector People Map of Washington, US State. Stylized Silhouette, People Crowd in the Shape of a Map of Washington. Washington Population. Illustration Isolated on White Background.

Editorial: Put yourself on the map for your representation

The state’s redistricting commission is drawing lines for legislative and congressional districts.

Vector People Map of Washington, US State. Stylized Silhouette, People Crowd in the Shape of a Map of Washington. Washington Population. Illustration Isolated on White Background.
Election

Editorial: Return James, King to Marysville City Council

Both face knowledgable challengers but have proved their abilities by helping the city move forward.

Election
FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Ann Enderle R.N. checks on a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho public health leaders have activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 7.  (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)

Editorial: A message to the unvaccinated and unmasked

We know you’re frustrated with mandates and advice, but consider our frustrations and, yes, our anger.

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Ann Enderle R.N. checks on a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho public health leaders have activated "crisis standards of care" for the state's northern hospitals because there are more coronavirus patients than the institutions can handle. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 7.  (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)
Firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts, of the World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Editorial: Unforgettable stories ensure we will ‘Never Forget’

On 9/11’s 20th anniversary, we can set aside our debates to honor the day’s heroes and those who died.

Firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts, of the World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2005 file photo, trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia. Tens of millions of Social Security beneficiaries and other retirees can expect an increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. The government announced a cost-of-living adjustment of 2.8 percent on Thursday. That would mean an extra $39 a month for the average retired worker. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)

Editorial: There’s time to fix Social Security, but less now

Covid’s economic impacts have shaved a year from when funds run out. Benefits could be cut by 2033.

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2005 file photo, trays of printed social security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia. Tens of millions of Social Security beneficiaries and other retirees can expect an increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. The government announced a cost-of-living adjustment of 2.8 percent on Thursday. That would mean an extra $39 a month for the average retired worker. (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower, File)
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, second from left, listens to a question, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Seattle, as he stands near a chart detailing increases in overdoses and hospital stays relating to opioid use in Washington state. Ferguson said Thursday that the state and the city of Seattle are filing lawsuits against several makers of opioids, including Purdue Pharma, seeking to recoup costs incurred by government when the drugs -- which many officials blame for a national addiction crisis -- are abused. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Purdue opioid settlement far short of justice

Washington AG Bob Ferguson is correct to appeal the Sackler family’s bankruptcy settlement.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, second from left, listens to a question, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Seattle, as he stands near a chart detailing increases in overdoses and hospital stays relating to opioid use in Washington state. Ferguson said Thursday that the state and the city of Seattle are filing lawsuits against several makers of opioids, including Purdue Pharma, seeking to recoup costs incurred by government when the drugs -- which many officials blame for a national addiction crisis -- are abused. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
An artist's illustration shows an aerial view of the Twin Lakes Landing II development in Marysville. Housng Hope's affordable-housing development will have 60 units of two- and three-bedroom apartments. (Dykeman Architecture + Design)

Editorial: Efforts for affordable housing need our support

Housing Hope’s latest development will house 60 county families. Hundreds more are waiting.

An artist's illustration shows an aerial view of the Twin Lakes Landing II development in Marysville. Housng Hope's affordable-housing development will have 60 units of two- and three-bedroom apartments. (Dykeman Architecture + Design)
Members of the Marysville School Board leave a meeting on Aug. 18 as anti-mask protesters heckle them. (Jeremy Milam via Facebook) 20210818

Editorial: Mob’s actions at school board meeting unacceptable

Protesters’ verbal abuse and disruption of a Marysville School Board meeting should not be tolerated.

Members of the Marysville School Board leave a meeting on Aug. 18 as anti-mask protesters heckle them. (Jeremy Milam via Facebook) 20210818
Children accompanied by their families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal before boarding a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Editorial: Welcoming refugees to county serves all involved

Helping resettle Afghan families honors the word of the U.S. and our state’s moral traditions.

Children accompanied by their families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal before boarding a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo, a voter turns sideways as he eyes the opening of a ballot drop box before placing his ballot inside it in Seattle. A record number of voters participating in November's election was among Washington state's top stories for 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Editorial: Senate Democrats must advance voting rights bills

H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 are vital to voting rights and democracy. The filibuster shouldn’t prevent a vote.

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2020, file photo, a voter turns sideways as he eyes the opening of a ballot drop box before placing his ballot inside it in Seattle. A record number of voters participating in November's election was among Washington state's top stories for 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
People sit outside of the County Public Meeting Room to fill out and turn in their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Baseless claims of fraud threaten voter confidence

Without evidence of fraud, it’s those alleging irregularities who are a threat to election integrity.

People sit outside of the County Public Meeting Room to fill out and turn in their ballots on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Republican Sen. John Braun talks to the media after Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State address that focused on the issue of homelessness, in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019. Braun said that more focus needs to be put on the root causes of homelessness. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Editorial: Differing points on mandates need reason, respect

Officials must take more care in how they argue their points about the measures used to fight covid.

Republican Sen. John Braun talks to the media after Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State address that focused on the issue of homelessness, in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2019. Braun said that more focus needs to be put on the root causes of homelessness. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
Some hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16. 2021. Thousands of Afghans have rushed onto the tarmac of Kabul’s international airport, some so desperate to escape the Taliban capture of their country that they held onto an American military jet as it took off and fell to their death. (Verified UGC via AP)

Editorial: Our duty and privilege to accept Afghan refugees

In 1975, Gov. Evans invited Vietnamese refugees to the state. Afghan refugees now need similar help.

Some hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 16. 2021. Thousands of Afghans have rushed onto the tarmac of Kabul’s international airport, some so desperate to escape the Taliban capture of their country that they held onto an American military jet as it took off and fell to their death. (Verified UGC via AP)
Alaina Livingston, a 4th grade teacher at Silver Furs Elementary, receives her Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic for Everett School District teachers and staff at Evergreen Middle School on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Delta variant is playing hardball; so must we

A mask requirement is the right call, as is a vaccine mandate for state workers. Teachers should be next.

Alaina Livingston, a 4th grade teacher at Silver Furs Elementary, receives her Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic for Everett School District teachers and staff at Evergreen Middle School on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo. A United Nations report released on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 says humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Editorial: The UN climate report, ‘The Lorax’ and us

The report and the Dr. Seuss classic offer a dire warning — and hope — for responding to climate change.

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 file photo, emissions from a coal-fired power plant are silhouetted against the setting sun in Independence, Mo. A United Nations report released on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021 says humans are making Earth a broken and increasingly unlivable planet through climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. So the world must make dramatic changes to society, economics and daily life. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Jean Kinity, left, and Sandra Barton chats as they try out the new recumbent bikes at the Carl Gipson Senior Center's new fitness room on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Pact turns senior center over to trusted steward

Under the Volunteers of America, Everett’s Carl Gipson Senior Center can resume its vital services.

Jean Kinity, left, and Sandra Barton chats as they try out the new recumbent bikes at the Carl Gipson Senior Center's new fitness room on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Police investigate a shooting at the corner of Rucker and Everett avenues April 10 2020. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Editorial: Take time to implement, adjust police reforms

State lawmakers’ reforms created a daunting to-do list for police; work remains to make the goals real.

Police investigate a shooting at the corner of Rucker and Everett avenues April 10 2020. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
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