Opinion

Tri-City Herald: Thumbs up to the living where you learn at WSU Tri-Cities

Live and learn

To the possibility of dorms at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Campus life is part of the university experience. WSU Tri-Cities is one step closer to having dorms as part of that experience. It’s a good step.

One of the advantages of having a four-year university close to home is that students who are place-bound can get a bachelor’s degree. It’s something this community worked hard to achieve.

But a lack of student housing limits who can attend. Not everyone who takes classes at WSU Tri-Cities is from the Mid-Columbia — and even some of them would prefer to live on campus.

The university started addressing the need for student housing this year by entering into an agreement with the Timbers Apartments. The school guaranteed 25 apartments and provided a resident assistant.

That housing didn’t fill up, but there’s enough occupancy to demonstrate an interest in student housing.

Plus, for some people, living in the dorms is part of what going to school is about.

WSU is looking to its future. It’s developing a map of how to get there. On-campus housing is a worthwhile effort.

Going somewhere

To progress at the Center Parkway extension.

For years Center Parkway has been a dead-end at the point where the road would cross the railroad tracks near Columbia Center.

Judge Bruce Spanner’s decision clears one hurdle to extend the parkway from Gage Boulevard to Tapteal Drive. It’s been a long time coming — 15 years — and the road has been rocky.

The balance between convenience and public safety needed to be weighed.

Any time people and railroads intersect, the risk of serious injury rises. But congested roads and pedestrians pose similar dangers.

Richland and Kennewick, the railroads, the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, engineers and several legal teams have had a say in the potential crossing.

It’s a decision that has been well vetted.

As the Tri-Cities continues to grow, we need to be able to get around in safe and efficient ways. This extension could enhance mobility.

Can’t even give the stuff away

To the Boys & Girls Clubs for turning down a significant and needed financial donation.

We thought it was a bad call when the Prosser School District rejected a potential $14,000 from the sale marijuana and we hoped the Boys & Girls Clubs would accept it. They did not.

It’s confusing to us that an agency that needs money to provide valuable services to kids would turn down a sizable and legal donation. We don’t understand that logic.

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