To the Kennewick City Council for its cautious approach to finding a buyer for 2.8 acres of prime commercial real estate at Southridge.
The spot at the northwest corner of Hildebrand Boulevard and Highway 395 is part of what’s quickly becoming the gateway to Kennewick. Insuring a good fit with the nearby 9/11 memorial and Southridge Sports Complex is smart planning.
The city will narrow the field to three top candidates. At that point, ensuring adequate public participation in the final selection will become essential.
Thumbs up to tightening belts
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To state agencies that managed to save an additional $100 million a year beyond the cuts mandated by the Legislature for three years running.
With a $1 billion deficit to deal with, the savings fall short of what’s needed, but it’s a significant sum nonetheless. The money is headed straight back to the general fund, where it will make the tough task facing legislators a little easier.
Thumbs up to Ams’ record streak
To the Tri-City Americans for setting the franchise’s longest winning streak at 13 wins.
The Americans have a far longer streak of bringing exciting play to the Western Hockey League to the Toyota Center, but this record-setting string of victories was a joy to follow.
Plenty of hockey remains this season. Fans who turn out are guaranteed a good seat and a great show.
Thumbs down: Let conviction stand
To the argument that a second-degree burglary conviction in Benton County should be tossed out because jurors signed a verdict form showing a different name.
We can’t blame Joshua Jordan Graham’s defense attorney from pursuing every avenue in his quest to free his client. That’s his job.
But justice was served in this case, despite a typographical error on a court document. The jurors were clear on who committed the crime. Change the paperwork to reflect their decision.
Thumbs down: Missed opportunity
To the decision to demolish a Hanford guard tower that gave guards a clear view of the Columbia River for a half-century.
“It’s really an iconic symbol of Hanford plutonium production,” said Gary Snow, director of deactivation and demolition for Department of Energy contractor Washington Closure Hanford last week.
We shouldn’t have to point out the obvious, but iconic symbols are exactly the sort of artifacts that bring history to life.
Hanford’s role in winning the Cold War is a significant piece of American history that continues to shape our world today.
Department of Energy officials involved in overseeing cleanup efforts at the site need to keep an eye out for opportunities to preserve reminders of this important part of our nation’s heritage.