Our Voice: The good and the bad from last week

Hiring veterans

Members of the U.S. military proudly serve our country, and many do so wholeheartedly for years. But when the service is completed, there may be a question of what lies ahead. How can their valuable experience and skills transition into the workforce?

One Hanford contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions, was recently recognized by the Washington State Employment Security Department for helping with the transition for many area veterans. The company employs 188 men and women who have faithfully served our country, recruiting them from WorkSource Columbia Basin.

Betrayal of trust

Whether you have a 401k or are a major trader, anyone who invests in today’s financial markets does so with at least a modicum of trust in the integrity of the system. That trust was shaken to the core last week. Four global giants in the banking world, JPMorgan Chase, Citicorp, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland, agreed to pay $5 billion in fines for manipulating the global currency market. Each day $3.4 trillion worth of euros, yet, U.S. dollars and Swiss francs are traded. The scope and implications of this are hard to grasp and it gives some credibility to those conspiracy theorists who believe everything is controlled by a wealthy few.

Random Acts of Kindness

The mayors of Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland signed a proclamation last week naming June 1-5 “Random Acts of Kindness Week”.

This is a call to action for individuals to step out of their comfort zone and perform acts of kindness.

People are asked to visit www.facebook.com/TriCities RandomActsOfKindness or post to social media using the hashtag #TCRAK2015. They can post stories, photos, videos and ideas. Make sure you have a story to share.

Legislative chicken

When the U.S. Congress disappoints, as it usually does, the Herald has often pointed to the state Legislature as a role model for getting the job done. Unfortunately it now looks like our state leadership have taken a page out of last year’s D.C. playbook and decided to play a game of chicken. As the game goes, you hold your position, refuse to give and hope that as the calamity of a government shutdown nears the other side will give way.

They’ve forced a second special section and put great uncertainty into the minds of state employees and other agencies, like schools, who need to know what their funding will look like. Game over folks. Get it done and get it done quickly.