Home, sweet home
To Team Pasco Home, the program that has vocational students in the Pasco School District building a new home each year.
It's a great way to give kids valuable experience and for the kids to leave the community with a practical legacy. Chances are these young people will be able to show the first house they built to their grandchildren one day.
This year, about 55 students worked on a home at 3426 Angelo Lane.
This is a story that deserves two thumbs up. The home improvement retailer Lowe's awarded a $100,000 grant to help Team Pasco Home continue building new homes.
Caring for vets
To Army brass for launching an independent review of the way soldiers with possible post-traumatic stress disorder are treated.
Plans call for a review of all the diagnoses at all of the Army's medical facilities going back to October 2001. And top Army leaders said they will develop a plan to make certain soldiers are receiving proper care and treatment, The Associated Press reported.
"We owe it to every soldier to ensure that he or she receives the care they need and deserve," said Army Secretary John McHugh.
Army officials have identified the right goal. Now they need to deliver the right result.
To the Mid-Columbia's high school drama departments for continuing to hold their own in the statewide competition sponsored by Seattle's Fifth Avenue Theatre.
Nearby high schools nominated for the 2012 High School Musical Theater awards are Richland, Hanford, Benton City, Grandview and Sunnyside. Winners will be announced June 4.
The 5th Avenue sent evaluators to 93 musical theater productions around the state this year. The professional troupe has been honoring high school musical theater for 10 years.
History suggests Mid-Columbia schools will fare well, but we really don't need anyone else to tell us our kids our great.
Make a point to get out and see a high school performance next school year. The level of talent is astounding.
To Gov. Chris Gregoire for helping about 450 Energy Northwest workers celebrate the relicensing the Northwest's only commercially operated nuclear power plant for another 20 years.
As former head of the state Department of Ecology, Gregoire established her environmental credentials long ago. That gives extra heft to her endorsement of nuclear power.
We're especially gratified to hear her raise the issue of small modular reactors as a way to provide power to Hanford's massive waste vitrification plant.
If small modular reactors are tested, the Tri-City area has shown it's a place where nuclear operations are safely run, Gregoire said.
Almost 30 years of safe operations at the Columbia Generating Station have proved her right.
To changes in the state's parental notification law that will make it more difficult for My Friends Place and other teen homeless shelters to ensure the safety of their clients.
A provision in Washington law that gives teen homeless shelters up to 72 hours to notify parents when teens check in expires in July, forcing shelter operators to return to an older law that allows only 12 hours for notification.
That means shelters such as My Friends Place, which opened late last year, will have less time to evaluate teenagers' claims they left home because of abuse and connect them to appropriate services before parents whisk them away, Sue Delucchi, co-director of Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery, explained last week.
We're sympathetic to parental rights, but the first priority has to be the child's safety. The 12-hour requirement just doesn't provide enough time to ensure that priority is met.