Our Voice: We’re thankful for people who can see possibilities

We’re thankful today for people who see beyond the way things are.

Bill King retires

Richland has changed for the better in 22 years. Many of those changes can be attributed directly to Bill King.

The deputy city manager has served under four city managers and has helped implement many of the city’s improvements.

A few that stand out are the economic development with the growth at Queensgate and other parts of the city, the riverfront development and the cooperation between the cities.

King is retiring this week. We thank him for his vision of what Richland could become.

Don’t ‘weight’

In 2012, the Tri-Cities ranked as the 9th most obese metro area in the nation. It’s not a distinction we are proud of, but it reminds us that many in the community could be doing more to care for our health.

At least one of us — Carol Ryder of Richland — has gotten serious about a weight-loss goal. She was recently honored for losing 112 pounds. She said it took her 10 years to reach her goal. And she said she wished she had done it sooner.

Thanks, Carol, for the example and inspiration.


Thank you to the Afro-Americans for Academic Society that inspires kids in this community to do well in school.

The program encourages kids in the 4th grade to keep their grades up through high school and rewards them for doing so.

This year’s scholarships are near the $29,000 mark. And at the awards ceremony Sunday, 422 students were honored. It’s a great thing to open people’s eyes to opportunities they may not recognize — especially in rising generations.

Out of this world

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away ... “ is the opening crawl from Star Wars and the very abbreviated purpose of LIGO.

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, is a really advanced set of equipment looking for a really tiny thing that happened far, far away. Scientists at the Hanford site — and at stations around the world — have spent years trying to find a gravitational wave coming from outerspace.

They haven’t detected it yet. And they’re not giving up.

Advanced LIGO was dedicated this week after being closed for renovation for nearly five years. It will be 10 times more sensitive than the previous instrument and should pick up information from 100,000 galaxies.

The premise of LIGO is mind-boggling. When successful, it will confirm a theory Albert Einstein had about ripples through time and space.

We’re grateful, and a little amazed, at what our universe is willing to tell us when we know how to listen and what to look for.