Editorials

Editorials

Whither the capital gains tax?

Credit Senate Republicans for offering a state budget proposal to move Washington state closer to fully funding its K-12 public schools. Unfortunately, the GOP’s majority coalition relies too much on a large boost in the state property tax rate to make ends meet in a $43 billion budget.

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Bill would let employers get too personal

The Obamacare repeal blueprint that President Donald Trump and House Republican leaders are trying to slam through the House this week is horrible enough, ripping away insurance from millions and giving a huge tax break to the wealthy.

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Impeachment is very hard to do

A president of the United States cannot be impeached for lying on Twitter. A president cannot be impeached for being an obnoxious, sexist boor. He cannot be impeached for insulting a visiting head of state or calling reporters fakes.

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Cuts to EPA make little or no sense

Puget Sound is a labor of love for Washingtonians. It is slow work to clean up and protect this iconic Northwest waterway, which serves as international shipping channel, marine food source and popular recreational playground.

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Border wall issues take shape

President Donald Trump’s border wall is moving, at least figuratively. Bloomberg News reported that the Department of Homeland Security will begin soliciting construction bids for a 30-foot concrete barrier and “other designs.”

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Speaker Chopp earned his fine

House Speaker Frank Chopp must pay $6,470 including court costs for late filing of contribution and expenditure reports during the 2016 election cycle. Like other high-profile politicians, the Seattle Democrat should know better than to get sloppy with his campaign finance paperwork.

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Sunshine Week shines on open government

Sunshine Week got its start in 2002 as an annual effort by civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools, newspapers and broadcast outlets to foster a discussion about the need for open government — especially the public’s access to government records. This year’s commemoration comes at a time when open government issues have moved front and center at the nation’s highest levels of government.

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Open governments don’t charge for interviews

REMINDER FOR LANGLEY’s MAYOR: The mayor of Langley stepped into a mess of his own making on Whidbey Island. Tim Callison actually suggested a $64 invoice be sent to the local South Whidbey Record newspaper for an interview it had with the city’s attorney.

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Levy cliff averted, real work can begin

Washington lawmakers owned up to one school-funding reality last week. The Republican-controlled Senate wisely backed away from a so-called school “levy cliff” by agreeing to let school districts collect extra dollars from local levies for another year.

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Daylight Saving Time not our finest hour

We’ve just passed the semi-annual ritual of clock tinkering, in which we “spring forward” into the months of long, lingering days that encourage shopping and outdoor recreation after work — as proponents have promised. But there are also critics who seem increasingly vocal this time around.

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Sunshine Week: Public records are essential

The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created. This chapter shall be liberally construed and its exemptions narrowly construed to promote this public policy and to assure that the public interest will be fully protected. In the event of conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other act, the provisions of this chapter shall govern — Washington Public Records Act, R.C.W. 42.56.30.

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WikiLeaks joins our enemies

Americans learned Tuesday that the CIA has tools that can hack smartphones, computer operating systems, message apps, Wi-Fi networks. That blockbuster revelation came courtesy of WikiLeaks, the organization last in the headlines for its role in the purported Russian leaking of emails to tilt the Nov. 8 election to President Donald Trump.

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Trump’s new travel ban still needs scrutiny

The Trump administration had little choice but to revise its travel restriction rules for immigrants. The new approach is not ideal, but it does scale back the earlier proposal that targeted visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries in a way that imposed a virtual religion test for immigration.

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Find middle ground on police use of deadly force

A bill to hold police officers accountable when their use of deadly force is reckless and wrong has struck a wall in the Washington Legislature. Lawmakers need to keep working to find middle ground and protect officers, public safety and also help police agencies gain public trust.

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FDR worked the press

“The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a high school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines, and the honor of a police-station lawyer.”

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Get ready, Trump — it’s all complicated

President Donald Trump laid out a grand vision to Congress on Tuesday night of the plans he has to Make America Great Again — health care reform, tax reform, immigration reform, the Wall, a massive expansion of the military, reduction of the debt. More for less. Everything better. Everything safer. Everything great. Again.

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