At the start of the new year, our thoughts are on Congress and the state Legislature, and frankly we’re not optimistic about either one’s chances for improving things. We’re trying to come up with an editorial position that will add something worthwhile to the din. Your thoughts are welcome.
Budget cuts at the state level are going to (excuse the cliché) dip into the seed stock. We’re starving areas that are crucial to the state’s economic recovery — higher education, public schools, roads and other infrastructure. It’s not a good sign.
Congress promises to reach terminal gridlock and stay there until 2012, with Democrats and Republicans jockeying for political advantage while forgetting what most Americans want most — jobs.
We read with interest news that newly elected Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant decided to dismiss three deputy prosecutors. But we don’t have much to say on the topic. Franklin County voters picked Sant for the job, and picking his own staff is part of his duties.
State Attorney General Rob McKenna hopes to reduces damage awards for the state’s mistakes. We want to know more about the reasons for high payouts. Is it because of excessive awards or extraordinary negligence? We hope to learn more when we talk with McKenna this week.
We like the decision to put nutrition labels on meat. But information is useful only if you use it.
The gang violence that left one man wounded and bleeding in the parking lot outside a Kennewick credit union has us worried. Zero tolerance seems about right for these criminal gangs.
We found at least one bright note in recent news — A public-private partnership between Shelby SuperCars and West Richland hopes to build a new factory and create 47 new jobs in the next five years. Motorheads might want to start brushing up their resumes for a position at this high-performance auto company. Learn more online.