I never thought I’d ever have to take another math class, but there I was, sitting in the front row of a Lane Community College classroom trying to determine the square footage of a rectangle.

Publisher Jeff Ackerman writes about shortcomings in Chelan County's jail documented in two reports last week by Reporter Tony Buhr. "Tony’s visit — and eight months of research — discovered a host of problems that make the county jail a very horrible place to be under any circumstance," Ackerman writes. "The purpose of Tony’s story was to bring the issue out of hiding and into our homes."

There were maybe 50 or 60 of us gathered in the Pybus Public Market parking lot, a light drizzle amid the gray, early-evening skies. We were there for a quick bike ride through town, escorted by a police car with flashing lights.