Editorial Board

The Union-Bulletin's editorial board includes Publisher Rob Blethen (robblethen@wwub.com), Editor Rick Doyle (rickdoyle@wwub.com) and editorial page editor Rick Eskil (rickeskil@wwub.com).

Recent Stories

Editorial - American Rivers annual ‘most endangered’ list is not credible

Perhaps American Rivers — a Washington, D.C.-based environmental lobbying group — should invite Chicken Little (“The sky is falling, the sky is falling”) to aid its cause. After all, this group seems to thrive on hysteria.

Editorial: State grab for local levy funds is huge political risk

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn took the lid off a can of worms this week. He suggested — out loud — the state could make dramatic progress toward the goal of fully funding basic education by transferring local levy dollars into the state general fund.

Editorial - State House wisely puts powdered alcohol back in the package

Too often state lawmakers are behind the cultural curve when new products hit the market that have serious implications in society.

Editorial - Oregon’s top interstate speed should be raised to 70 mph

When traveling the highways of the Pacific Northwest, Oregon — and its 65 mph speed limit — is like a speed bump.

Editorial: Court properly upholds Walla Walla murder conviction

The state Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that convicted murderer Benito Gomez did receive a public trial in Walla Walla County Superior Court, meaning his conviction stands, is justice.

Editorial: State ban on smartphone use while driving needed

Using a smartphone for any reason while driving except navigation (and then only in a hands-free mode) is just plain foolish. Every study makes it clear that talking, texting and surfing the Internet with phone in hand is as dangerous as driving drunk.

Editorial: Magical thinking in Olympia isn’t going to conjure up a state budget

State legislators (as well as city council members and county commissioners) are elected to represent the people. That means making decisions — difficult decisions — based on an understanding of the issues and reasoned analysis of public input.

Editorial: Is this the year Mariners win World Series?

Is this the year the Seattle Mariners (and their long-suffering fans) win the World Series?

Editorial: Public has right to know names of its employees being investigated

Public employees, by definition, work for the public. It’s the taxpayers who are their bosses, which is why it is critical the public has access to government records and other pertinent information about employees performing duties.

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