Now that the presidential horse race is finally out of the gate, it brings up a pressing question that arises every election cycle. No, not the one about why Iowa and New Hampshire always go first -- confounding, indeed -- but the one about how Washington can expand its influence during primary season.
There is a school of thought, one that has some merit, which suggests there is little that government can do to cure the plight of homelessness. That many people prefer to live on the streets. That many people are reaping the results of their own actions in their inability to secure and maintain housing.
Cheers: To the Vancouver City Council. By extending a moratorium on facilities that would handle crude oil, councilors have demonstrated leadership that represents an appropriate vision for the future of Vancouver. After initially adopting a moratorium in September 2014, councilors now have extended it three times while working to develop more comprehensive rules governing such facilities.
When it comes to the defense of the United States, many would argue that no expense is too great. And while this nation's security must stand among the most inviolate duties of government, a similar argument can be made that the law of diminishing returns is at play with debate over the Pentagon's budget for the coming year.
It is not a point of pride that the Center for Public Integrity last year gave Washington an overall grade of D-plus for integrity and accountability in state government. In fact, it should be a point of embarrassment for those tasked with safeguarding the public trust, and it should be one that has lawmakers looking for solutions.
Cheers: To normalcy for Interstate 5. Work crews have completed the cleanup from a landslide that had closed a portion of the northbound lanes near Woodland since a landslide last month. Initially, the slide caused all of northbound I-5 to be closed, creating a traffic nightmare for thousands. Since then, one of the three lanes had been closed, resulting in little more than a nuisance, but on Thursday, all lanes were open again for northbound traffic.
As if last week's downturn in the stock market did not offer enough proof, speakers at The Columbian's Economic Forecast Breakfast focused upon the obvious: Be prepared for an altered economic landscape.