Our Voice: We’re thankful for ideas that will better our future

Hooking kids on fishing

Some hobbies provide a lifetime of enjoyment. We’re grateful to the sponsors of the Kids Fishing Day that give youngsters in the Mid-Columbia a chance to try their hand at fishing.

On May 9, the Family Fishing Pond — which is a great asset to the community — will be freshly stocked. More than a thousand kids who preregistered will get a rod and reel and an opportunity to fish.

It’s a fun day — and for some future anglers, it could lead to a lifetime of enjoyment. Thanks to those who make it possible.

Applying yourself

Congratulations to three Kamiakin freshmen, Vincent Gizzarelli, Jordan Blum and Zachary Sylvester for winning the Technology Alliance’s Youth Apps Challenge. Their idea for an app would allow your smartphone to locate lost items for you. We’re glad to see kids making the world better.

The app has great potential — as long as you don’t lose your phone.

Better batteries

We appreciate that Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists are working on batteries needed to make some forms of renewable energy dependable. Efficient and effective storage is key to evening out the power grid.

Recently Jud Virden, director of energy and environment research at PNNL, testified before the House’s Space and Technology subcommittee on energy about the need to store energy generated by intermittent sources, such as wind.

It’s a question that puzzles many in the energy field. And the answer is of special interest in the Mid-Columbia.

Not everyone likes the sight of windfarms dotting the landscape. And it’s an especially hard sell when the blades don’t turn on the hottest days of the summer, when the energy is needed the most. But when those wind farms are able to provide clean and dependable power — because of long-term, high-capacity batteries — it will be an attractive addition to our energy portfolio.

We’re glad PNNL is working on the problem.

Virden told the committee it’s unrealistic to expect the research to be done privately, particularly in the fragmented market in the U.S. We urge Congress to look to the future on this one.

Yay for moms

We know it’s not Mother’s Day yet, but we’re grateful for moms every day — and there are probably a few readers who could use a little warning. The card aisle is a pretty busy place on the Saturday night before Mother’s Day. We know. We’ve been there.

Moms feed and nurture their families. And some moms, as was recently the case in Baltimore, discipline their kids on national TV and send them home from riots. Motherhood is a complex and demanding calling. It is important individually and to society as a whole.

We appreciate those who are up for the challenge.