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Our Voice — Sneak preview of the week ahead

Every Wednesday morning, the Tri-City Herald editorial board gets together to argue about possible editorials. The discussions help shape the opinions we’ll express in the days ahead.

We invite comments on the opinions that appear in the paper — through letters to the editor and comments posted on our website, but that’s after the fact.

This week, you have an opportunity to weigh in on the topics we’ve been talking about before the editorial appears.

Here’s a list of some ideas we debated this morning. Not all of them will result in an editorial, and some topics that aren’t on the list could result in an editorial. But most or all of the following week’s editorial topics are here.

We don’t mind you disagreeing with us, as long as you return the courtesy. Take a look, and share your response.

New Lizard on the block — The discovery of a legendary 6-foot lizard in the mountains of the Philippines got us wondering whether other marvels await to be discovered. We’re pro Mother Nature on this one.

To barge or not to barge — This year’s drought has the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration advocating a barge ride for young salmon and steelhead, safely moving them past predators waiting in the slow-moving current. The Independent Scientific Advisory Board wants to let a significant portion of the fish swim for it, with an assist from additional spills over the dams. That plan looks too risky.

Kid sues mom for embarrassing him on the Internet — This could set a dangerous precedent.

Extra traffic patrols for the “slow down or pay up campaign” — Excessive speed contributed to a fourth of all traffic fatalities between 2004 and 2008. The campaign raises awareness of the danger. That’s good.

Richland School Board wrestles with “objectionable” reading material — The district has already provided parents with a reading list and the ability to chose an alternative for anything they deem inappropriate. The new policy requires schools to also advise parents that some books on the list might contain profanity, sex or violence. Does the new rules go far enough?

Police say death threats common — The article was about how tough it is to separate the merely mouthy from the truly dangerous. But it reminded us that law enforcement is a tough career. Let’s not forget to appreciate what these men and women do for our community.

Clean air board approves settlement over open records violations — Noncompliance with the state’s sunshine laws is expensive. Every government agency needs to be familiar with the requirements.

Washington state sues DOE over Yucca Mountain — The state originally went at this by trying to intervene with Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The NRC punted to the courts. That leaves a lawsuit the state’s only recourse.

Revelations regarding child abuse — The welfare of children ought to take priority. That doesn’t always happen.

We’re also watching closely the dispute between Kadlec and Kennewick General Hospital. We plan to let events unfold a bit further before our next commentary. Our basic position — that this bickering hurts the community — hasn’t changed.