Gov. Jay Inslee’s move to offer pardons for people haunted by old marijuana convictions is a good first step, but it does not go far enough. The Legislature should expand upon the governor’s efforts and provide justice for even more Washington residents.
Just weeks after being sworn into office, Eileen Quiring needs to be reminded of her role as Clark County chair. As previous Chair Marc Boldt said of the position, “I believe you need to be as nonpolitical as you can be.”
Sooner or later, the state and federal governments will need to adjust how they collect money to pay for new roads and for road maintenance. More efficient vehicles and an increase of hybrid and electric vehicles are slowly rendering pay-at-the-pump taxes obsolete.
Budgets, it has been said, are really value statements, representing the priorities of the people involved. So, as the Legislature convenes Monday for a scheduled 105-day session that will include formation of the state government budget for the next two years, we offer some suggestions for delineating those priorities:
Cheers: To Vancouver’s university. Officials at Washington State University Vancouver are taking a step toward on-campus housing for students, requesting a county code change that would allow for dorms holding up to 700 students. WSUV — which moved to its Salmon Creek site in 1996 — has been a commuter campus throughout its existence, and student housing is the next logical step in the school’s continued development.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal for a “public-option” health care plan in Washington is interesting but will require extensive vetting. As with any grandiose idea, the devil is in the details, and there is much we don’t know about Inslee’s effort to shore up health care coverage throughout the state.
Although a proposal for an oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver was rejected last year, oil trains continue to roll through Clark County toward their destination. The safety of trains through the heart of Vancouver, near residential neighborhoods and the new Waterfront Vancouver development, remains a concern for local residents.
A recent letter from several elected Republicans to Gov. Jay Inslee regarding efforts to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge raises some good points, but also calls into question the sincerity of those who signed it.
Cheers: To Doug Lasher. It probably is a good sign that many residents could not name Clark County’s treasurer, even though he has been in office since 1984. If things are running smoothly, treasurer is a nondescript position that is relegated to the background of county politics. Lasher, accurately described by Columbian reporter Jake Thomas as “bespectacled, soft-spoken and owlish,” has served the county well for more than three decades.