Our Voice: Thumbs up to the tortoise approach

Hail the tortoise

Thumbs up to Washington's slow approach on new pot laws.

Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana in the same election.

Colorado has been much faster out of the gate in implementing its new law than we have.

That's fine by us.

We're happy to draft in their successes.

The states' laws run counter to federal law, which is why we recommended voting against the initiative.

Statewide, however, voters approved the measure and the tenuous two-step between the states and feds began.

Colorado faced the same questions we do -- questions like banking laws or federal water rights -- but they dropped the hammer in January of this year and we waited until July.

Even now, cities are sorting whether they will ban pot sales in their communities and what the ramifications of that move would be.

These are complex questions. There's no rush to answer them incorrectly.

We can't always say that slower is better. We often are frustrated with the glacial speed of government's progress, or lack thereof.

In this instance, though, we're happy to take the slow-and-steady approach.

Cowboy up

Thumbs up to the participants and producers of the Rascal Rodeo.

Life is tough.

But when we do hard things we often find out we are stronger than we thought we were.

Such is the case for special needs cowboys and cowgirls in the Rascal Rodeo.

The goal: "We produce Exceptional Rodeos sharing the adrenaline rush and sense of accomplishment of the western way of life with special needs athletes who fight battles in a different arena."

The first event was in 2001 when organizer Ann-Erica Whitemarsh came up with the idea for her senior project.

She now takes that feeling of accomplishment to a handful of locations around the Northwest.

They were in Kennewick in August and are coming back in November.

The events are free to participants so there's plenty of opportunities to help through donations and volunteering.

To find out more about how you can help, email info@rascalrodeo.org or call 509-528-5947

Hold (onto) the fries

Thumbs down to our tax system that keeps us from being competative globally.

Burger King's announcement that it is moving its corporate headquarters north of the 49th parallel is a savvy move -- for them.

They are not the first company to move to a more friendly tax bracket.

And they probably won't be the last.

For us, this trending tax inversion problem highlights a hole in our system that needs to be plugged -- and soon.