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Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, center, greets a new trooper during a graduation ceremony, as Gov. Jay Inslee looks on in the Rotunda at the Capitol Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Olympia, Wash. The class of 31 troopers completed more than 1,000 hours of training and will now work for the WSP across the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: Lawmakers miss good shot for fewer traffic deaths

Legislation to lower the blood alcohol limit for drivers didn’t get floor debate and vote in Senate.

 

A model of a statue of Billy Frank Jr., the Nisqually tribal fishing rights activist, is on display in the lobby of the lieutenant governor's office in the state Capitol. (Jon Bauer / The Herald.

Editorial: Two works in progress to save Columbia Basin salmon

Sculptures of an Indian fishing rights activist will guard commitments to save salmon and honor treaties.

 

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015 file photo, a tanker airplane drops fire retardant on a wildfire burning near Twisp, Wash. Three firefighters were killed battling the blaze. The story was a top Washington state news item in 2015. Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz has proposed a plan to strengthen the ways that Washington can prevent and respond to wildfires. Franz released the 10-year plan last week as part of her $55 million budget request to the Legislature to improve the state's firefighting abilities (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: Wildfire threat calls for restoring full funding

Lawmakers should restore funding for fighting wildfires and call on one furry firefighter in particular.

 

Jaime Benedict, who works as a substitute teacher, waves to drivers on the corner of Mukilteo Speedway and Harbor Pointe Boulevard while holding a sign in support of the $240 million capital bond proposal for Mukilteo School District on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Bar set unfairly high for passage of school bonds

Requiring 60 percent approval denies too many students the schools and facilities they deserve.

Jaime Benedict, who works as a substitute teacher, waves to drivers on the corner of Mukilteo Speedway and Harbor Pointe Boulevard while holding a sign in support of the $240 million capital bond proposal for Mukilteo School District on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Mukilteo, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A leasing sign in visible outside of A’cappella Apartment Homes on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Editorial: Cap on rent can keep more people in their homes

The legislation balances affordability with the need to encourage growth in the stock of housing.

A leasing sign in visible outside of A’cappella Apartment Homes on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Election signs line a section of Mukilteo Blvd. in Everett. (Sue Misao / Everett Herald)

Editorial: Switch of local elections may be premature

Adding local elections to even-year ballots could boost participation but election officials have concerns.

Election signs line a section of Mukilteo Blvd. in Everett. (Sue Misao / Everett Herald)
FILE - In this Monday, March 1, 2021 file photo, The first Alaska Airlines passenger flight on a Boeing 737-9 Max airplane takes off on a flight to San Diego from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. A Boeing pilot involved in testing the 737 Max jetliner was indicted Thursday, Oct. 14,2021 by a federal grand jury on charges of deceiving safety regulators who were evaluating the plane, which was later involved in two deadly crashes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Editorial: Boeing safety failures draw more eyes on its jets

Ultimately, more scrutiny from the FAA and others can restore confidence in its planes’ safety.

FILE - In this Monday, March 1, 2021 file photo, The first Alaska Airlines passenger flight on a Boeing 737-9 Max airplane takes off on a flight to San Diego from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. A Boeing pilot involved in testing the 737 Max jetliner was indicted Thursday, Oct. 14,2021 by a federal grand jury on charges of deceiving safety regulators who were evaluating the plane, which was later involved in two deadly crashes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
"Law & Order" cast members (from left) S. Epatha Merkerson, Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson are shown with episode director Marisol Torres on the show's set in New York, in April 2008. (Bernadette Tuazon / Associated Press file photo)

Editorial: Leave the interrogation ruses to the TV cop shows

A House bill would limit the use of deceptive interrogations that have resulted in wrongful convictions.

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  • “Law & Order” cast members (from left) S. Epatha Merkerson, Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson are shown with episode director Marisol Torres on the show’s set in New York in April 2008. (Bernadette Tuazon / Associated Press file photo)
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"Law & Order" cast members (from left) S. Epatha Merkerson, Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson are shown with episode director Marisol Torres on the show's set in New York, in April 2008. (Bernadette Tuazon / Associated Press file photo)
Two students walk along a path through campus Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. The college’s youth-reengagement program has lost its funding, and around 150 students are now without the money they need to attend classes. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Editorial: Year of free college a boost to students, state

Legislation would fund a year of community college tuition to increase enrollment and degrees.

Two students walk along a path through campus Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. The college’s youth-reengagement program has lost its funding, and around 150 students are now without the money they need to attend classes. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
A classroom with folding walls inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. Noise transfers easily between rooms. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Editorial: Bonds, levies key to students’ educational needs

Five area school districts are seeking approval of levies or bonds to provide a full education.

A classroom with folding walls inside College Place Middle School in Lynnwood, Washington, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2023. Noise transfers easily between rooms. If approved, a capital bond measure on the February ballot would allow the school district to rebuild both College Place Elementary and Middle. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Editorial: Recycling bills could use a little reuse, refocus

Three bills each contain elements that can be combined to increase the state’s recycling success.

Items are sorted for recycling inside the Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center in Woodinville, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
People talk and enjoy food at Everett Recovery Cafe during the launch party for the Snohomish County Recovery Coalition in Everett in October, 2023. (Sophia Gates / The Herald)

Editorial: Rep. Larsen outlines ‘to do’ list for opioid crisis

Much of what’s outlined in policy and funding solutions works, but needs expansion and our support.

People talk and enjoy food at Everett Recovery Cafe during the launch party for the Snohomish County Recovery Coalition in Everett in October, 2023. (Sophia Gates / The Herald)
Zachary Pfrimmer gets together with a group of students to help them through an assignment in his fourth-grade classroom at Cedarhome Elementary on Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Editorial: School absenteeism crisis needs an all-hands effort

Legislation seeks to enlist schools, community groups, tribes and more to reach out to struggling kids.

Zachary Pfrimmer gets together with a group of students to help them through an assignment in his fourth-grade classroom at Cedarhome Elementary on Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022, in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Happy family time together set vector illustration. Cartoon young father holding son in hands, dad and kid study with book at home, mother and baby sitting in kitchen chairs to eat healthy food

Editorial: Panel on concerns of boys, men deserves hearing

Legislation for a commission could add to efforts and investments that lawmakers have prioritized.

Happy family time together set vector illustration. Cartoon young father holding son in hands, dad and kid study with book at home, mother and baby sitting in kitchen chairs to eat healthy food
People gather at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Wreath Laying Ceremony in Washington, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Editorial: What King brings to discussion of gun safety bills

The slain civil rights leader was cited by supporters and opponents of a gun permit bill before lawmakers.

People gather at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Wreath Laying Ceremony in Washington, Monday, Jan. 15, 2024. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Two Washington State ferries pass along the route between Mukilteo and Clinton as scuba divers swim near the shore Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Editorial: Getting around, on wheels or water, not any easier

Work continues in the Legislature, but questions remain on transportation fixes and funding.

Two Washington State ferries pass along the route between Mukilteo and Clinton as scuba divers swim near the shore Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
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Editorial: Humans should keep eye on rise of generative AI

Legislation proposes a task force to study its potential advantages, abuses and guardrails for its use.

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The Legislative Building is seen at dusk Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, following a session of the Legislature in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Editorial: A few bills worth attention in a short session

They aren’t tackling major issues, but many offer ideas worth consideration by public and lawmakers.

The Legislative Building is seen at dusk Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, following a session of the Legislature in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Two drivers were hospitalized for serious injuries Monday night after a suspected DUI crash on southbound Interstate 5's ramp to I-405 in Lynnwood. (South County Fire)

Editorial: Finland model for state to reduce traffic deaths

Backed by a visit to view safety successes, lawmakers are again pitching ways to reduce accidents.

Two drivers were hospitalized for serious injuries Monday night after a suspected DUI crash on southbound Interstate 5's ramp to I-405 in Lynnwood. (South County Fire)
Construction on new homes at 19th Ave. SE in Everett, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Editorial: Lawmakers take second swing of hammer for housing

Even after the Legislature adopted legislation and funding, several proposals are back this year.

Construction on new homes at 19th Ave. SE in Everett, Washington on Thursday, July 27, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)