We don’t have much quarrel with the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Indiana’s voter ID law, although the majority opinion acknowledged that Republican backers of such measures have not demonstrated there is an actual problem of voters trying to cast ballots using false identities. Washington has looser voter ID requirements, and they appear to be sufficient — as long as election officials do their jobs competently and carefully.
A new Census report showing a $1 billion active-duty military payroll in Pierce County actually understands the economic impact of McChord and Fort Lewis. It doesn’t include the 11,000 civilian workers who work for the military here. Pierce County is fortunate that the long-term future of the now-combined bases appears relatively secure.
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