Working together creates a win-win situation

The OlympianFebruary 3, 2014 

Talks are underway to look at the possibility of the 555th Engineers Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord working with the city of Olympia to demolish the abandoned buildings on the recently acquired isthmus property.

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian Buy Photo


When separate government entities find a common interest and work together, good things happen. Although the arrangement is far from complete, there’s a good chance the 555th Engineers Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will work with the city of Olympia to demolish the abandoned buildings on the recently acquired isthmus property.

The project would provide training for soldiers while saving Olympia taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Congrats to Bob Jones, a retired Army veteran who acts as a volunteer military liaison between the city and JBLM, for getting this potential partnership started.


Who knew that legendary folk singer and social activist Judy Collins had such strong ties to Olympia? During her performance at The Washington Center last week, the Seattle native talked about her Olympia relatives, some of whom she had never met.

Collins also acknowledged Gov. Jay Inslee and first lady Trudy Inslee, who were in the audience. She has known them for many years through her sister, Holly. Collins helped raise campaign funds for Inslee’s 1998 run for Congress.

She also talked poignantly about singing to Pete Seeger a week ago, on the day he died in New York. It was a touching moment in a great performance.


The 2014 Olympic Games get underway Friday with the opening ceremonies. The Olympics should be a respite from world politics, a place where athletes from every nation can compete in a friendly environment.

Sadly, extremists have turned the focus of this year’s Games away from the athletes and onto the security measures needed to prevent a terrorist attack.



Voters who live in the school districts for Griffin, North Thurston, Olympia, Tenino, Tumwater and that portion of Thurston County served by the Centralia School District can cast a ballot in the Feb. 11 special election.

Until the state fully funds K-12 basic education, local district levies will be necessary to pay for technology, transportation, regular maintenance and other operational requirements.

Voting yes for school is the best investment we can make in our community’s future.


Puyallup and Yakima are fighting over which city hosts the “real” state fair.

Yakima was named the official state fair in 1893, but lost the title in 1936 when it closed down for financial reasons. The Puyallup Fair grew into the state’s largest fair, and changed its name last year to the Washington State Fair.

Now state lawmakers have been drawn into the battle. Perhaps they could settle the fight with a quick-draw contest (not real bullets, of course!), or a legislator roping event in which city officials attempt to lasso and wrestle their lawmakers to the ground.

How about legislators chasing a greased money-bank pig, named McCleary? That’s something we’d pay to watch.

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