Our Voice: We’re thankful for those who are giving it their all

High quality candidates

Every general election, the Tri-City Herald Editorial Board interviews candidates in contested races for Tri-City area school boards, city councils and other key races. This year, we will spend nearly 20 hours interviewing 34 candidates who want your vote, so they may serve you.

In years past, more often than not, reaching a consensus of the editorial board on who to recommend hasn’t been particularly difficult. After an hour together one candidate generally rises above the other.

But this year our job of selecting candidates to recommend has been challenging. From races for city council in rapidly growing West Richland to seats on the Pasco School Board, we’ve been impressed with the quality of the candidates.

Strong incumbents are being challenged by equally strong, articulate, knowledgeable and passionate opponents. In most cases they’ve done their research, attended meetings and workshops and have a vision.

They’ve made our job of identifying who we think will best serve you much more difficult, and for that we’re thankful.

Go Cougs!

Washington State University’s football team could be in a bowl game.

No, you did not read that wrong.

After the spectacular 45-38 win over the University of Oregon Ducks in double overtime in Eugene, the Cougs are riding high. And for that brilliant moment in this football season, we are thankful.

As Cougar fans, we stay true to our team through the good and the bad. But the good is certainly a lot more fun.

Homecoming is this weekend in Pullman where the Cougs will face the other Oregon team and we know better than to count our chickens, or in this case Beavers, before the last buzzer sounds.

Community Care Fund

When the Kennewick Police Department launched its Community Care Fund in March, the agency saw it as a ready source of money to help people in need.

And just six months later, Kennewick officers have helped the homeless, the hungry and the stranded.

Since June, nearly $2,600 was spent on food and water, motel rooms, a power bill and a skateboard for a girl hit by a car. And $1,000 went to help a family bury their 4-year-old boy after he was accidentally backed over in the driveway.

The fund started with $13,000 donated by Kennewick businesses and individuals after a conversation involving police Chief Ken Hohenberg, Dave Retter, owner of the Kennewick Windermere franchise, and Jim Spracklen, formerly with Kennewick police and now at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

They borrowed the idea from a program in San Diego because until now Kennewick officers, like many in the Tri-Cities, reached into their own pockets to help those in need.

We’re thankful for public and private leaders coming together to do the right thing, and we’d like to see other area law enforcement agencies create similar programs.