Alice M. Curtis, a member of the Olympian Board of Contributors, is a school social worker and social justice advocate. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In law, there is a principle known as the "burden of going forward." In today's popular lexicon, the phrase, "going forward" has become burdensomely over-used, particularly as an often redundant appendage at the end of a sentence.
But as I now end my term as a member of The Olympian’s Board of Contributors, “going forward” is a useful phrase for considering what still lies ahead. The burden of going forward is to consider our responsibilities as we prepare to move into a new year.
In writing these columns, I’ve had the opportunity to address issues near to my heart, and have been pleased to hear from members of the community who have appreciated that I have put into words some of their own views. Others tell me that their understanding of some issues has been expanded, or that they’ve learned something new. Some readers have posted my columns on their refrigerators (the ultimate compliment), or used them in their work or personal relationships.
Stuart McLean, host of the Vinyl Cafe on CBC radio, gives out annual awards for small acts of kindness.
When I was in elementary school back in the 1950s and ’60s, most of us students looked pretty much alike. We were all the same color, and we lived in houses that were almost identical to each other. Most of our fathers worked in the same industry and most made about the same amount of money. Most of our mothers stayed home, although I remember a handful of latchkey kids whose mothers worked outside the home.
Washington is back in the business of killing.
Twenty-five years after moving to Olympia, I have recently completed a move to a smaller house in a different neighborhood. I've been completely absorbed in this move for more than two months, and have hardly noticed what's been going on in the rest of the world. (I think I heard something about an oil leak and a soccer tournament.)
This month I wanted to write about birds. I wanted to talk about saying goodbye to my home in the forest, and hello to a different Olympia neighborhood.
“ ... the fact is, running a democracy requires a certain amount of civic courage.”
As an elementary school counselor, I have the privilege of helping children learn to resolve conflicts in a safe, respectful and effective manner. Many adults would be amazed at the proficiency children can develop in solving their problems with each other.
In response to my previous column, one thoughtful reader commented that while she agreed that the death penalty is wrong for every reason that I had discussed, she still wondered if capital punishment might be worth it in order for victims' families to achieve closure.
An Olympian editorial raised a question of critical concern to the citizens of Washington. Do we believe that the death penalty is the most effective and just response to the most heinous crimes in our state?