July 16, 2015
Appearances can be deceiving.
Take for example, August Moon. Don’t decide whether to eat there or not by its empty parking lot at 2 p.m. on a weekday, or by the Yelp review that described the interior as a Chinese retirement home, with a décor that hasn’t been updated since 1982.
If you went by appearances alone, you’d be missing out on a darn fine meal with some of the best customer service.
February 25, 2014
Death penalty overdue for reconsideration
More than five years ago, this newspaper called for the state Legislature to revisit the value of Washington’s death penalty. Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee opened the door to begin the overdue conversation by implementing a death-penalty moratorium while he is the state’s elected CEO.
At first glance, it may seem unimportant. Washington state has had only five executions in the past 50 years.
But consider that there are nine men currently on death row in Washington prisons. Consider that taxpayers pay for the prosecution, for the public defenders and for the court system. Those cases are under appeal and the appeals will go forward. Inslee’s mandate does not do away with capital punishment, it just removes the killings from happening on his watch.