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We’re still recovering from the long Independence Day weekend, and offer a short list of possible editorial topics as a result. Here they are:
We continue to be impressed by Columbia Basin College’s focus on meeting the community’s needs. The $100,000 grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to provide training for radiation protection technicians is the latest example.
The Hanford Reach is 10 years old, and there’s too little to celebrate. Some tangible, physical progress on the interpretive center would go a long way toward rekindling public interest. The Richland City Council has two appointments to make on its Public Facilities District board — which presents an opportunity to shake things up at the Reach. That may be a good idea at this point.
Sports tournaments and various conventions are bringing increasing numbers of visitors to the Tri-Cities. The money spent on hotel rooms and restaurants is welcome, of course. We think there might be an even greater benefit from the good will generated. Exposure to what we have to offer can only help our community grow.
Consultants tasked with studying the potential impact of moving the Benton County seat from Prosser to Kennewick are looking for public input. Voters wrestling with the issue will benefit from an assessment that’s as complete as possible. Your ideas can help. Send your comments to email@example.com.
Tri-City legislators have joined counterparts in four other states to promote nuclear power. The National Nuclear Caucus is a welcome development for a lot of reasons — greenhouse gas emissions, oil spills, continued dependence on foreign oil. America needs to be a player in the development of this important resource or risk being left behind.
We’re hoping that the Obama administration pays attention to the 91 members of Congress urging the Department of Energy to stop dismantling the Yucca Mountain repository program. It’s folly to ignore the rising opposition to the administration over nuclear waste.
A proposal to create a Tri-Cities Regional Public Facilities District is headed to council chambers in Richland, Pasco and Kennewick for final approval over the next few weeks. It offers the community’s best chance for building major public projects like an aquatic center. We’re encourage city councils to approve the plan.