He may not rank up there with Jim Thorpe or Lance Armstrong in the annals of American athletes, but Joey Chestnut is a true competitor. Accomplishing a feat both amazing and repulsive, Chestnut dethroned six-time world hot-dog eating champion Takeru Kobayashi by downing 66 hot dogs in 12 minutes. Don’t try this at home.
Well, duh. State Department of Corrections study finds Pierce County has "low need" for more work-release centers. That’s because the state has already been using the county as a dumping ground for released cons. At least the study strengthens the case for locating new work-release facilities in "underserved’ places like Snohomish County.
The proposal to extend the term-limits for Pierce County auditor and assessor-treasurer has enough merit to be put on the ballot as a county charter amendment. Those two jobs require some technical expertise and professional training, so experience is valuable. And it might reduce opportunities for term-limited county council members to hop over to either of those offices — which would be a good thing.
We hail the the settlement between commercial shellfish growers and Puget Sound tribes that ends a long and bitter legal battle over lucrative shellfish harvests. U.S. Norm Dicks performed admirably in midwifing the deal, which involves, of course, some federal funding.
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