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Tri-City Herald: A few recommendations to our lawmakers

Fantasy football

To couch coaching.

Fantasy football hurts no one — no concussions and no broken bones. In fact, it may even be boosting math skills among it’s “team owners.”

At issue is whether this is a game of chance or skill. Most of the country — including the federal government — considers it a game of skill.

Washington as well as Louisiana, Montana, Iowa and Arizona in outlaw it.

And although the game is illegal in Washington, it usually is not enforced.

A state Senate bill would classify it as a game of skill, therefore not considered gambling. It seems like a reasonable adjustment.

The ban on this virtual game of statistics is one silly law we can wipe off the books.

Officer of the year

To Pasco police Officer Marcos Guzman.

This week, the Pasco department is rewarding one of its members.

Guzman was named Pasco’s Officer of the Year.

Police, and other first responders, have a difficult and sometimes thankless job.

Today we’re saying, “Thanks.”

Then there was nothing

To the 56th House of Representatives vote for repealing Obamacare.

It’s starting to sound like a broken record.

The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law, but we have concerns about flat out repealing it. If there are going to be changes, and hopefully improvements, how about coming from the mindset of “reform” or “replace.”

The divisive attitude in politics drives a wedge between “us” and “them,” whoever it applies to. If the Democrats are for it, the Republicans will be against it.

If the Republicans were able to repeal Obamacare, where does that leave us?

A void can be a dangerous thing.

Studded snow tire ban

To lawmakers wanting to ban studded snow tires in Washington.

People who winter in the Mid-Columbia could probably get away without studded snow tires most years. A good set of snow tires usually provides adequate traction.

But people who travel, especially through one of our mountain passes, need the extra traction.

Joe Tortorelli, vice chair of the Washington State Transportation Commission, estimates the move could save up to $27 million annually in road repair.

We’re wondering how that compares to the cost of helping people who have slid off the side of an icy road and putting cars and lives back together.

The slight savings in damage to our roads from not allowing studs isn’t worth the cost.

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