To the Pasco City Council for approving a $4,700 building fee on new houses to help build classrooms.
Most of the new construction will house the same kids who will fill the classrooms. But even homeowners without children will benefit from an improved school system.
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So, the fee is fair and relatively painless when spread out over a typical 30-year mortgage.
The Pasco School District's existing school buildings and portable classrooms already are over capacity, and enrollment is expected to climb 34 percent over the next six years, from 15,600 students to more than 21,000.
The community has an obligation to educate its children. The impact fees will help make it happen.
To Broetje Orchards for continuing to serve as a model of morality in the business community.
The Prescott-based agricultural operation was recently honored for its "unique business philosophy" during the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project's annual conference in Tacoma.
It's only the most recent accolade. The Broetje family has proved for years that it is possible for a business to thrive by putting the interest of others ahead of the bottom line.
Queens of the court
To the players and coaches on Columbia Basin College's women's basketball team, and only partly because they've just won the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship for the third time in eight years.
As impressed as we are with their performance on the court, we're even more inspired by the grasp these young women have on the values instilled by teamwork and competition.
Point guard Jennifer Noon proved that as she watched her teammates head toward the locker room after their victory.
"They are 12 of the best friends I will ever have for the rest of my life," she said.
To Benton County GOP Chairman Patrick McBurney for trying to deflect blame for the fiasco at this month's Republican caucuses to the Democrats.
"It was our governor and the Democratic Legislature who got rid of the presidential primary and as a result tens of thousands of people who would have voted in that primary -- members of the military, the disabled -- they were disenfranchised. I think that is a gross disenfranchisement."
McBurney failed to point out that the decision to drop this year's presidential primary had widespread support among GOP lawmakers, including the recommendation of Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed.
There's also the fact that in Washington's last presidential primary, the state Republican Party assigned only half its delegates based on the popular votes.
Democrats were even worse, ignoring the results altogether.
We can't fault the volunteer organizers in Benton County for being overwhelmed by the turnout. They correctly predicted a higher-than-normal interest, but weren't prepared for the multitude that showed up.
As a result, hundreds of people were turned away from the Benton County caucuses at the Three Rivers Convention Center.
We're certain that no one was more disappointed than the folks who worked so hard to make the event a success, but their hands were tied by a deadline imposed by the Washington State Republican Party.
We're confident state party leaders will amend the rules to prevent similar problems in 2016.