Opinion

Tri-City Herald: Thumbs up to being willing to help others

Good Samaritan

To Phil Frazier’s continued recovery.

Frazier is the Prosser man who stopped at the scene of an accident to see if he could help, then fell 30 feet from an overpass, mangled, into a dark, frigid ditch.

Since the October incident, he has spent months in hospitals and is now in physical rehab. He struggles with constant pain.

His is an amazing, uplifting story.

It is difficult to imagine how he survived the ordeal, let alone the challenges he faces in the difficult process to regain the full use of his body.

Despite a broken pelvis, six broken ribs and shoulder and wrist fractures, two things that seems to be in tact, are his heart and mind.

He insists on helping other people every chance he gets. And though many of us would be discouraged in similar circumstances, he seems motivated.

We’re encouraged by his optimism.

RAISE the banner

To the cooperation between the Richland and the Port of Benton.

The united efforts of the city and the port are getting some recognition. The Washington Economic Development Association honored them with the 2014 Recruitment Project of the Year for their work at RAISE — Revitalization Area for Industry, Science and Education — at the north end of Richland.

Their joint efforts are bringing jobs to the area — like the 100 new positions that came with Preferred Freezer Services — and the new Wine Science Center that will be an internationally recognized authority and resource for winemakers.

One bonus from RAISE is an increase in land valuation in Benton County which helps to keep taxes low while repaying debt on bonds.

It’s a great start.

“ The success this project has created is just the beginning and we look forward to more opportunities for our community,” said Richland City Manager Cindy Johnson.

We also look forward to that.

Great grape growing

To lost opportunities from a too-small convention center.

The wine industry in the Mid-Columbia is a growing industry. We love that the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers has chosen the Kennewick convention center for its annual conferences.

But it’s getting bigger, and the convention center isn’t. Not yet anyway.

We hate the idea of losing some of these bigger conventions, because they have outgrown our space.

The Kennewick Public Facilities District put a tax measure on the ballot to expand the convention center in 2013. Voters rejected it.

The year before that, they had lost more than two dozen conventions because the conventions were too big for the Kennewick facilities. And a 2011 survey of clients showed 44 percent predicted they would outgrow the convention center in the next five years.

We hate to see those predictions coming true.

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