Opinion

Tri-City Herald: We’re thankful for several bright spots on the horizon

A nod to the future

We’re thankful today for the economical diversity that is growing in our community.

The announcement that New York software company Live Tiles will be opening an office here is good news for us and highlights a lot of hard work that is paying off.

Perhaps the fact that 80-plus companies already have set up shop in the Tri-Cities Research District is one of the best-kept secrets in the Mid-Columbia.

The software industry does not have a stronghold in this area, but it is a a nice complement to our energy, science and educational fields. To borrow from our viticulture heritage, “They pair well together.”

For years, we have been talking about a post-Hanford economy. Many pieces to that puzzle are taking shape from STEM educational opportunities to agriculture and science advances.

Th Tri-City Development Council is to be congratulated as well as the leaders at the Richland research park.

We expect Live Tiles will be a good partner in the community, working with Washington State University Tri-Cities, Columbia Basin College and Delta High on internships and employment opportunities.

It’s a symbiotic relationship that could easily attract like-minded businesses.

It’s nice to see people recognizing the advantages to doing business in Southeast Washington.

Teaching the teachers

Pasco educator Diedre Holmberg will be attending a STEM education conference in Washington, D.C., later this month. On paper, she is well qualified to help lead this area — and the rest of the nation — in a STEM-focused direction.

In practice, she is walking the talk. Holmberg was the first principal of Delta High and now is serving as the principal at Roslind Franklin STEM Elementary in Pasco. Her enthusiasm for STEM is contagious, and we definitely have been exposed to the virus.

The business community continues to tell us we need to produce more homegrown scientists. Putting more Washington students in line for jobs in science, technology, engineering and math helps employers around the state and gives these future employees valuable skills.

The question is how to go about that. Holmberg, and others, are looking for that answer.

It’s a topic that should be of interest to us all.

Let’s talk about it

Of the many entertaining and fun commercials during Sunday’s game, one Super Bowl ad this year was the first of its kind. The PSA on domestic violence was based on a real 911 call and was sobering and powerful.

As uncomfortable as many of us are with this topic, it’s something we need to talk about. We’re grateful for the conversation starter.

The Super Bowl ad sends viewers to NoMore.org. Local help is available through the Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties at its website, dvsbf.org, or by calling the 24-hour crisis line 509-582-9841 or 800-648-1277.

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