Editor’s note: Today’s editorials originally appeared in The Columbian. Editorial content from other publications is provided to give readers a sampling of regional and national opinion and does not necessarily reflect positions endorsed by the Editorial Board of The Daily News.

Cheers: To good economic news. The latest revenue forecast for the state of Washington shows improved projections over the next two years. The expected intake through mid-2019 has increased $288 million to about $44 billion, reflecting the state’s booming economy.

With state government facing increased expenditures for education, labor, and mental health in the budget that was passed this year, the state revenue projection is particularly welcome. But it also calls for a cautionary reminder: Extra money should not be seen as a call for increased spending. As the economic downturn of the past decade taught us, the key to state budgeting is not to grow solely because times are good, but to prepare for when times are bad.

Jeers: To opportunistic criminals. While stealing is always wrong, some thefts are simply more egregious than others. Such is the case with thieves accused of prowling cars at a high school during the chaos created by a school shooting. One parent who arrived at Freeman High School in Northeast Washington last week to look for her child had a purse stolen from her car; she later noticed $36,000 worth of fraudulent charges on her accounts.

Bad people will do bad things, but it takes an extreme level of callousness to view a school shooting as an opportunity to rifle through cars.

Cheers: To Cody Hershaw. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep Hershaw from being on the job and performing it in a safe manner. Because of that, the 76-year-old Vancouver man has been honored by the National Safety Council as the safest U.S. Postal Service driver in the 15-state Western Area.

In 48 years as a postal carrier, Hershaw has never had an accident. He also never has been late for work and has missed only five days — four of them last year for a knee replacement. Hershaw, who now is one of seven finalists for a national safe-driving award.


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