Looking to the future, we see good things coming

This week's editions of the Tri-City Herald, like most weeks, have no shortage of uplifting stories. We are fortunate to have a caring community, where people place a value on making the Mid-Columbia a good place to live now and a better place to live in the future.

Passion for acting

The Academy of Children's Theatre has blossomed under Linda Hoffman's vision. We're now excited to see where it will go with Paris Rodgers at the helm.

We appreciate the arts in our community, and several groups contribute to creating opportunities for thespians of all ages.

One glance at the AT section of the Tri-City Herald on any Friday gives readers a choice of entertainment options, most of it provided by local talent.

We're happy to see the ACT surviving the transition in leadership and looking forward to more great things coming our community's way.

Paving the way

It's been a long time in coming -- 27 years -- so we're especially glad to see that the public will soon have access to public lands. We're talking specifically about Juniper Dunes.

The Juniper Dunes Wilderness Area was established in 1984, with the idea that legal public access would soon follow.

It's been a sore spot for years between the public and nearby private landowners. We're glad to see Franklin County has adopted the 2-mile piece of road to smooth the way to better days.

Student voices

Let's "hear" it for a Pasco teen who is forming the Student Voice Project. Jared Costanza's goal is a lofty one. He wants to give the 56,000 students in Southeastern Washington a voice in government.

We expect his project will be a welcome one to the area. Most officials want to hear from their constituents.

Kids have great ideas.

Constanza may think his task to get the grownups to listen, but perhaps the bigger hurdle he faces is organizing students and pulling those good ideas out of the kids.

It might be a lot like getting adults to vote in an election. (Tuesday's primary in the Mid-Columbia attracted about a 20 percent turnout.) Just saying. Good luck to the students, and how about a better showing at the polls from the voters.

Commission appointee

Mike Schwenk will do a great job on the Washington Economic Development Council. What else can we say? He's a terrific choice.

Malcolm Gladwell's book, Outliers, describes how people who have a lot to offer get more opportunities. Schwenk is an example of that.

He's been a stalwart in this community and we expect to see him bring great things to the state committee. His vast knowledge of the Tri-Cities will ensure our interests and needs are represented on the state panel. That's good news.

House for homeless vets

Thanks to the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition for the foresight and fortitude of to make the Wagenaar-Pfister House a reality. It says such a nice thing about the people in our community who want to help others.

Everybody needs help at some time in their life. And some needs are more desperate than others. We especially like the services portion of this plan.

It's more than getting people off the street. It's helping vets to get back on their feet.

We salute those who serve our country and those who help them transition back to civilian life.