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Weekend editorials: Port property plans a smart move

Post by David Seago on May 25, 2007 at 10:27 am with No Comments »
May 25, 2007 10:27 am

Saturday: We pay editorial tribute to King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng.


The Port of Tacoma’s plan to acquire 130 acres on the Blair Waterway is a necessary and prudent move to position the port to capitalize on a big jump in container shipping volume expected in the next decade. it is a perfectly justifiable use of eminent domain, but the port hopes to reach voluntary agreements with most of the businesses that will be displaced.

The Public Disclosure Commission ruled the Building Industry Association of Washington didn’t do anything illegal when it created a shell PAC last fall to boost favored candidates for the state Supreme Court. The practice may not have been illegal, but it was deceptive, designed to conceal the involvement of other PACs in the races.

Monday: Memorial Day editorial pays tribute to those who gave their lives serving in America’s armed forces.


The Tacoma School District’s proposal to partner with the Federal Way School District’s Internet Academy to offer online courses for high school students is a good idea. Federal Way’s program is a good one, designed and controlled by local educators, unlike the profit-making online academies offered by the Steilacoom and Forks districts.

We’re big fans of the state’s Open Records Act – and critics of governments that don’t get it. The latest example is the City of Spokane, which agreed to pay fines of $40,000 and $299,000 in two separate cases for not complying with the law on records requests.

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