To the state Legislature for fixing an obvious flaw with the Discover Pass permit that's required to park on state lands. The new law allows users to transfer the pass to a second car, eliminating the No. 1 complaint about the program.
Maybe it will entice a few more people to purchase the $30-a-year parking pass.
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Discover Pass is an initiative that no one can love, but it's better than closing more state parks for financial reasons.
And now it works the way it should have from the beginning. You can park the pickup on state lands while hunting pheasants and take the family sedan to Sacajawea State Park for picnics without purchasing a second pass.
Know your poison
To the Food and Drug Administration for proposing new rules that would require tobacco companies to report the levels of dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes and other products
Under the new guidelines, tobacco makers would be required to report quantities of ammonia, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and 17 other poisonous chemicals associated with cancer, lung disease and other health problems.
"Cigarettes are the only mass-consumed product in this country for which consumers don't know what's in them, until now," Dr. Lawrence Deyton, director of FDA's tobacco center, told The Associated Press.
If people choose to smoke or chew tobacco, they ought to at least know what they're putting into their bodies.
Silence can't help
To the U.S. Postal Service for its lack of candor regarding the decision to close the Pasco Processing & Distribution Center on Court Street.
We understand that email and online banking are forcing changes in the system, but that is a reason to be more transparent, not less.
Last month, the Postal Service announced that the Tri-City mail handling facility is one of 223 scheduled to close nationwide, but officials said only two jobs would be cut in Pasco.
Now, local union representative maintains that 47 jobs will be lost.
The Postal Service's response to the claim? A spokesman could not confirm the closure date for the Pasco facility or the number of Tri-City employees affected.
Workers and the public are both in the dark as a result. That's no way to instill confidence in a restructuring plan that's certain to drastically change mail service across the nation.
Not just evergreen
To the Seattle Seahawks' new uniforms. The Nike design is supposed to be influenced by the Pacific Northwest, but where's the brown?
The new design features a deeper shade of dark blue than the old uniforms, neon green highlights and white or gray for away games. Some feather patterns inspired by coastal Indian artwork are also included.
Blue, green and gray -- colors that describe the always damp and heavily forested west side of the Cascades. But Nike needs to take a look at how many Seahawks season tickets are sold in the 509 area code before it excludes the shrub steppe's dramatic earth tones.
To the British for announcing plans for a new law that would allow government agents to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of everyone in the United Kingdom.
We recognize Britain has unique challenges in tackling crime and terrorism but trampling all over the civil liberties of its citizens shouldn't be part of the battle plan.
It sets a bad example for the other governments. And these are the people who gave us the Magna Carta?