We have more ideas for editorials this week than we can fit onto the column reserved for our voice. There are worse problems for editorial boards to have.
Here are the topics we’re considering. Please let us know what you think — it will help narrow our focus.
Our headline on the June 17 article on high school requirements focused on the high pass rates on reading and writing tests. But the bigger concern is the 40 percent failing the math portion. That has to be fixed.
We couldn’t find any bad guys in the dispute over the way rules are enforced at the Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Kennewick. Every family needs to grieve in it’s own way, but what happens when your grief infringes on mine? It’s a tough issue for everyone involved.
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Richland’s resolution supporting efforts to preserve a buffer around Amon Basin was the right move. The council deserves a pat on the back.
The brief inside June 18’s sport section about the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics’ report proved the need to re-examine our educational priorities is greater than ever. From 2005 to 2008, spending for college sports increased at twice the rate of academic spending at nearly all of the 103 Football Bowl Subdivision schools, the study found. We ought to demand more than entertainment from our universities.
At least one reader has pointed a finger at Benton County for failing to secure enough paint to restripe all the roads crews have been covering with chipped rock and oil sealing. We’re not sure the criticism is fair, since the paint shortage probably wasn’t predictable. Besides we were more interested in the solution offered by Gary Fitch, Franklin County’s road supervisor. He’s willing to put off repainting faded stripes so Benton County can borrow some of his inventory to use on roads without any stripes. That’s putting the community ahead of parochial interests. Others take note.
Were we the only ones confused by the photo on the June 22 Business page of a state worker putting reflective tape on traffic lights in Kennewick? Reflective tape to make glowing colored lights more noticeable? The term “gilding the lily” must have been invented to describe this idea. If we get a chance, we’ll try to find out if there’s any sense behind it.
We were disheartened by the mistrial in the case of a man accused of gunning down six men at a Pasco body shop in 1987. It nothing else, the additional costs will strain Franklin County’s budget. But while the outcome is aggravating, Judge Cameron Mitchell made the only ruling he could.
In this economy, Benton commissioners were right to freeze their pay after 2012 — but it’s hard to justify the 3.5 percent pay increases they’ll get in the next two years. There’s a flaw in the state law that requires elected officials to delay salary changes until after the next election. Sure, it’s appropriate to ban votes on raises that take effect in their current term. But when the economy takes a dive, why should the state law prevent elected officials from rescinding raises approved by their predecessors during better times? We’re not expecting a big lobbying effort from the Washington Association of Counties. The city of Kennewick and the Port of Kennewick are declaring an new partnership on two key sites for economic development — the riverfront and Vista Field. Developing a shared vision and combining forces to implement it is a good formula for success. There’s a lesson for others here.