People are willing to step up when someone is in need

Biofuel research grant

Washington State University and the University of Washington are going to work together on a project.

It seems unlikely during football season that the Huskies and Cougars could be cooperators instead of competitors, but that's exactly what's going on.

Congratulations to the two schools for securing an $80 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The hope is that the research will be able to transform wood and forest scraps into biofuels.

We're eager to see the results. We're also intrigued by the idea of Cougars and Huskies working together. We know it happens on different projects, but it still seems like a juxtaposition.

Home from Iraq

It's great to have Kennewick Police Officer Ken Sagen home from Iraq. We honor each of our returning veterans and those still on duty.

We long for a time when it's not necessary to have military personnel overseas and in harm's way. But that time isn't here yet.

So in the meantime, "Thank you Officer Sagen" and thanks to the thousands more that serve in times of war and times of peace.

Faces of Cancer

Each of us knows someone who is in remission from cancer and has lost someone to the disease in one of its many forms.

Everyone has a story.

Maybe that's why the Faces of Cancer series is so touching. Even if each day's story isn't about you or someone you love, it very well could be.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but the monthlong daily series is about all types of cancer.

Seeing people struggling through their worst can bring out the best in each of us. In a word, we learn compassion.

Learning healthy

"One teacher, or even one school, can't tackle the issue of children's health and fitness alone," was a sentence in the Tri-City Herald story about schools, parents and doctors working to stop obesity.

We're glad to see the emphasis on healthy habits being encouraged with the younger set.

Habits learned early in life seem to stick with us longer. Also starting with good habits will serve kids their whole lives.

Moving more and eating better improves their lives now and the lives of the adults around them.

Really, we all should run, play and laugh every day.

Life-saving maneuver

Rick Torres was in the right place at the right time. He was at a buffet in Las Vegas in July when a small child was choking.

More importantly, though, is that 15 years ago he joined the Energy Northwest Fire Brigade and as part of his training during that time he has learned to administer the Heimlich maneuver. That saved a girl's life.

The time that you learn a skill won't be the same time you use a skill.

We can all take a lesson from Rick and be ready for the unknown.