Our Voice: Thumbs up to the future of Franklin County

Search is on

To Franklin County for modifying its administrator search process.

The Franklin County administrator position is a big job. We’re glad to see the commissioners are enlisting the help of a search firm to find widen their field of candidates.

The cost of hiring the Prothman Company of Issaquah for $24,500 still is only about one-eighth of the new administrator’s annual salary. And it’s a small fee in the almost $28 million county operating budget.

It seems like a good investment.

In the last census, Franklin County was identified as a hot spot for growth. From 2000-2010 the population jumped 58 percent. There are lots of good things happening on the north side of the river. We need someone in that position who has the experience to help lead in the next 10 years — and beyond.

3-D donation

To HAPO for donating $20,000 to help Columbia Basin College expand its 3-D printer collection. Although CBC has other 3-D printers, its new uPrint SE Plus is in a different, much more advanced class. Technology advances at an astounding pace. Keeping up with that pace requires a group effort.

The new printer can assemble moving parts while it’s creating plastic creations.

For a lot of us, even the older 3-D printers still feel like something out of a science-fiction movie, but they are becoming common in the science and engineering fields. Having access to the high-end model enhances what students can create.

Students who know how to use cutting-edge technology will definitely have a career advantage over those who don’t get that opportunity.

CBC President Rich Cummins said, “Who knows where this will lead, but our students need to know the technology.”

Family detention centers

To separating families.

The three national detention centers that are being used to house immigrants from South America are called residential enters. The reality is that they are closer to prisons.

President Obama’s policy to keep thousands of women and children locked up as a deterrent to other asylum seekers is misguided, ineffective and illegal. A federal judge has issued a tentative ruling that detention facilities violate standards for the children who have been held there for up to a year.

Federal law says children who enter the United States, even if they do it illegally, can be detained for a short period of time and then are to be released to a parent or guardian while their case moves through immigration court. These centers violate that law.

The judge has given the government and those advocating for the detainees until May 24 to come to up with a solution. Some government officials are threatening to separate mothers from their children as solution.

That solves nothing. There has to be a better answer.