The U.S. Supreme Court last week took a step to shed light on our elections. In a ruling that undermines “dark money” in politics, the court helped to provide transparency and clarity to election finances.
If it were easy, everybody would do it. But solving homelessness in Vancouver is a complex issue that defies simple solutions. Meanwhile, the city deals with the concerns about sanitation and livability that inevitably accompany a growing homeless population.
Attention from the Food and Drug Administration on the dangers of nicotine use by teens should provide new resolve for the Legislature. Lawmakers next year must rekindle efforts to raise the age for tobacco purchases in the state — and should include e-cigarettes in any legislation.
Revelations of an investigation into Daybreak Youth Services in Brush Prairie are distressing. If allegations about misconduct at the treatment facility prove to be true, they must lead to lasting changes that allow the organization to fulfill its vital role in the community while focusing on the well-being of clients.
Cheers: To an improving economy. A new estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau suggests the median household income in Clark County rose more than 8 percent last year to $74,747. That figure includes all income from jobs, Social Security, investments, and other sources. Meanwhile, wages for full-time workers in Clark County rose 11 percent over the previous year, outpacing the national average.
Iconic symbols are part of any lasting society. They provide a touchstone to the past and a glimpse of the future, serving as a promise that some institutions are stronger than any particular individual.
Sweeping societal change comes with problems both anticipated and unforeseen. In the case of legalized marijuana, an increase in impaired driving was to be expected. The dangers presented by driving under the influence call for a two-pronged approach: Public education about the risks, and development of a reliable roadside breath test to measure impairment.
Although smoke has cleared throughout Clark County, wildfires continue to burn in many regions of Washington. Fire seasons are growing longer and more intense, and the impact has been felt in urban areas the past two summers with choking air and hazy views.