Commentary

Comment: What you think you know about highways may be wrong

Do you believe drivers are at fault 94 percent of the time? Turns out that’s one of five myths about roads.

 

Comment: Work requirements don’t work to curb ‘entitlement’

The requirements for aid deny parents help they need to work and feed and house their families.

 

Comment: A two-generation approach can best direct covid aid

The state can get the most of American Rescue Plan dollars by working with families in five key areas.

 

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, children peer out a screened window in the fence at the Wallingford Child Care Center in Seattle. A dire workforce crisis in a booming U.S. economy is forcing many in the child care industry to turn to business tactics more closely resembling Wall Street than Sesame Street. Non-compete and "hold-harmless" legal agreements, college tuition incentives for workers and steep waiting-list fees for parents are fast becoming the norm. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Comment: Do we want child care to be only for the wealthy?

That’s where we’re headed unless subsidies support worker pay and help families afford its services.

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, children peer out a screened window in the fence at the Wallingford Child Care Center in Seattle. A dire workforce crisis in a booming U.S. economy is forcing many in the child care industry to turn to business tactics more closely resembling Wall Street than Sesame Street. Non-compete and "hold-harmless" legal agreements, college tuition incentives for workers and steep waiting-list fees for parents are fast becoming the norm. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Comment: State can avoid California’s failures on clean energy

The state’s clean energy goals are laudable, but that energy must also be reliable and affordable.

Comment: Congress must price carbon; the higher, the better

Energy companies are agreeing now, to keep the price low, but at any price a carbon fee is imperative.

Comment: Dems’ new plan to catch tax cheats makes more sense

The latest proposal would be focused on bank deposits and withdrawals of wealthier account holders.

Comment: Facebook needs more than a name change to fix things

That type of cosmetic surgery ignores the reforms that are in Zuckerberg’s power to make immediately.

Comment: Parents being used in a campaign against education

Legislation pushing ‘parental rights’ doesn’t recognize kids’ needs to be exposed to a range of ideas.

Comment: Trump’s claims of privilege don’t pass ‘giggle test’

He can’t claim executive privilege because he’s no longer the executive. The intent of the law is clear.

Comment: Self-defense claims in face of privilege, boogeymen

Three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s death claim fear as justification for hunting down a Black man.

Comment: Some airlines losing nerve on vaccine mandate

Reluctance to protect public health stands in contrast to WSU’s move to fire its football coach.

Comment: China’s missile silos don’t require new arms race

The United States has enough nuclear and conventional means to confront what could be a shell game.

Comment: GOP winning argument over voter ID, other laws

On photo ID, even Democratic voters in polls back such a provision; now Democrats are back-tracking.

Comment: Pandemic, economy shifting role of grandparents

Grandparents’ proximity to the immediate family can vary, but they often play a vital child-rearing role.

Comment: Powell, at all times, remembered where he came from

A phrase from the civil rights era tied Powell to his home and reminded him of his obligations.

Comment: ‘Supreme Court’s most momentous term’; aren’t they all?

There are often landmark cases, but sometimes the hyperbole gets ahead of the day’s commentators.

Comment: Black Friday deals may be stuck in the Pacific

As supply chain problems continue, expect retailers to pull back on their blowout deals this season.

Comment: Rolling Stone takes another shot at relevance

The venerable magazine had a history of hard-hitting journalism; now that’s trained on celebrities.

Comment: Computer model shows lives saved by covid vaccines

By comparing states’ stastics, researchers determined 140,000 lives were saved as of May 9.