With a 2018 budget of $68.5 million, the Port of Vancouver is a significant player in the economy and the life of Vancouver. With little attention from the public, the port has fulfilled it foreign trade and economic development mission for more than a century.
The Seattle City Council’s passage of a “head tax” upon large employers represents a victory of ideology over sensibility. But it is neither the panacea nor the disaster that pundits on both sides are claiming.
Cheers: To bald eagles. An eagle found wandering along Highway 14 in Vancouver this week appears to be recovering nicely at an Audubon Society care center in Portland. The bird has a broken wing and damage to one eye, injuries consistent with a collision with an auto.
Sorry, but no dice; it would be premature for sports fans in Clark County to make a trip to the local casino with the intention of placing a bet on the Seahawks or Trail Blazers or Timbers. But in the wake of a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington and other states will need to ask some hard questions about sports betting and the role of gambling in American society.
In 2015, Americans spent $1,162 per capita on prescription drugs — by far the most of any country. According to Sarah Kliff of Vox.com, it is easy to see why: A prescription for Humira, a popular injectable medication used to treat conditions such as arthritis and psoriasis, costs $822 in Switzerland, $1,362 in the United Kingdom, and $2,669 in the United States.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 43 million American adults suffer from mental illness in a given year, and about 1 in 25 adults live with serious illnesses. All of that is pertinent as we acknowledge May’s designation as Mental Health Awareness Month and ponder Washington’s persistent difficulties in dealing with the situation.
Eventually, we believe, the discussion about athletic team nicknames will take a much different tone. Some decades from now, Americans will ponder the National Football League team based in Washington, D.C., and say, “They had a team called the Redskins? Seriously? You’re kidding, right?”
heers: To considering the environment. A Cowlitz County judge has ruled that the environmental review of a proposed methanol refining project in Kalama must include analysis of potential greenhouse gas emissions. Northwest Innovation Works is planning a $2 billion facility to refine methanol from natural gas for shipment to China.