To activists in the Occupy Tri-Cities movement for publicly voicing the group's dissatisfaction with Occupy Portland's plan to hold a Hanford protest in Richland next month.
OTC would rather focus on "removing big money from politics, ending corporate personhood, strengthening our local socio-economic status by promoting buy-local, community gardening, green and sustainable technologies."
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We don't endorse everything on the local group's agenda, but at least we can understand it. The same cannot be said for those planning the Occupy Portland's protest.
As far as we can tell, they don't like the radioactive mess left over from decades of plutonium production, but neither does anybody else.
To Kamiakin High School for fielding the winning team in the Washington state Real World Design Challenge for the fourth year in a row.
Team members -- Cooper Atkinson, Kyle Deatherage, Devin Gerboth, Joe Luey, Paul Pierson, Robin Rakowski and Sangeetha Thevuthasan -- designed a sport aircraft capable of carrying two passengers 200 miles in less than two hours and operate within Federal Aviation Administration requirements.
Now if some member of the Experimental Aircraft Association would just build the thing.
To Gov. Chris Gregoire for holding important bills hostage to pressure lawmakers into passing a budget.
We share her frustration with the Legislature's inability to get its work done during the regular session. Keeping lawmakers in Olympia past their deadline costs an estimated $16,000 a day.
But lawmakers already have plenty of incentive to act responsibly and can't seem to do it. There is no reason to think Gregoire's tactic will help.
In the meantime, the delay in signing leaves the people that new laws would help suffering some needless angst.
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To the Humane Society of the U.S. for trying to stop Oregon from killing California sea lions that have turned Bonneville Dam into all-you-can-eat buffet serving endangered salmon.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that sea lions eat 1 percent to 4 percent of returning adult salmon at the dam each year.
The Humane Society sued to let them continue gorging on returning salmon, resulting in a temporary hold on the state's plans.
Northwest ratepayers and federal taxpayers have invested billions of dollars in salmon recovery efforts. It's ludicrous to keep the states from using the only practical solution to a serious threat to the salmon's survival.
U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington, D.C., ruled against the Humane Society last week, paving the way for Oregon officials to kill up to 30 sea lions a year.
But the national animal rights group has vowed to appeal.
To employers who ask job applicants to provide access to their Facebook and other social media accounts.
No one should be faced with the choice of giving up his or her privacy in exchange for a shot at a job. People struggling to support a family likely will go along with the request, even if they're offended by the intrusion.
The practice is the electronic equivalent of entering a job applicant's home to rifle through drawers and closets in the hope of finding something incriminating.
Someone desperate enough for a job would probably allow it, but no one should have to.