Editorials

We remember those who served

YAY: VETERANS’ SERVICE

As we celebrate the Memorial Day that comes 70 years after the end of World War II, it’s only fitting that ace fighter pilots like Clarence Borley of Olympia were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal last week in a Washington, D.C., ceremony.

Borley, 90, and a retired Navy commander, was one of more than three dozen fighter-plane veterans from different eras honored for shooting down at least five enemy aircraft during combat missions.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, was a sponsor of legislation providing the new recognition.

BOO: CROOKED BANKERS

Our federal government finally nailed a few bankers where it hurts. Four financial behemoths — Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland —agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges of manipulating currency markets. They must pay $5 billion in fines.

A few people lost their jobs, but no one is going to jail, and our fear is the banks will go merrily on their cash-and-carry way.

This is in sharp contrast to the way our criminal justice system treats crimes committed by the poor and people of color.

YAY: FALLING JOBLESS RATES

Washington’s unemployment dropped from 5.9 percent to 5.5 percent in April. The rate of underemployed is still higher. But this shows the long, slow recovery from the Great Recession is continuing and that businesses are gaining enough confidence to make investments and take on new employees.

BOO: BROWN CAMPUS

There may be logic to turning off the spigots at three Capitol Campus fountains including iconic Tivoli Fountain — or in not watering Capitol lawns. But we don’t have to like it. Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a statewide drought, and officials at the Department of Enterprise Services are taking it quite seriously.

YAY: CLOUDED LEOPARD CUBS

The population of rare cloud leopards is up by four. The cubs were born at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma on May 12, and all are doing well.

No one knows how many live in the wild because they are so shy and elusive. Their native range includes the foothills of the Himalayas, Southeast Asia and parts of China.

BOO: POT SALES TO MINORS

The State Liquor Control Board cited four pot shops for selling to people under the age of 21. Two were in Pierce County; two were in Snohomish.

We are pleased to see regulators taking action on these violations and hope they will get around to checking all 156 legal pots stores in the state.

YAY: LETTERMAN’S HIGH NOTE

David Letterman ended a 33-year run as late-night TV host with a funny, classy goodbye show. Letterman served as a mentor and inspiration to a whole generation of comics.

One of them — Stephen Colbert, the goofy faux-conservative host of “The Colbert Report” — will take his place this fall.

YAY: DINOSAUR FIND

Scientists at the Burke Museum discovered a long buried dinosaur bone on Sucia Island in the San Juans that belonged to a 35-foot precursor of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex some 80 million years ago. The Seattle museum announced its find of the partial left femur last week, which was a first for Washington.

Our state is now the 37th state to have had such a find and might be the last, experts say.

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