Here’s what some other opinion pages around the region found worthy of comment today:
• Tracy Warner, editorial page editor of the Wenatchee World, says the First Amendment presumably would “preclude the majority party in Congress from advancing legislation to stifle or gag potential critics, at a time when Congress and its rulers stand in general public disfavor, on the eve of an election when absent restrictions on political speech they could sustain losses, possibly severe.” Not so, he writes. Exhibit A: The DISCLOSE Act.
• Susan Nielsen in The Oregonian blasts the Oregon teachers’ union for stonewalling the state’s effort to control costs. “Call it a pipe dream, but I’d love to see the teachers union become a vocal champion of proposals that would free up money for the classroom. … I’d also like to see the teachers union accept (or at least tolerate) new fixes to PERS, the state’s pension system for public employees.”
• The Spokesman Review editorial board doesn’t think postage hikes, such as the two-cent bump proposed Tuesday, will save the Postal Service. “This price-hike strategy has been tried seven times this decade and it has failed to stop the budgetary bleeding. … It ought to be obvious by now that the Postal Service needs to tailor delivery to those who truly value it. Chasing the disinterested is a waste of time and money.”
• All you pyromaniacs out there will get a big kick out of the Bellingham Herald’s editorial today: “We’re not sure why a small group of Bellingham residents wants to end decades of American history and personal freedom by completely banning the use of fireworks in the city. It seems, from what they say, that they are concerned more about their pets than whether their neighbor can take part in an tradition passed down through the generations.”