George Le Masurier, Publisher
Jerre Redecker, Senior Editor
John Dodge, Columnist
Mary Gentry, Community Representative
Doug Mah, Community Representative
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The issue with ideology is that one can become trapped in its doctrine.
Why such tragedies as the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting? Answers posed include lack of gun control, violent video games, evil minds and improper upbringing. (One writer even blamed parents for not teaching their children respect for life!)
The recent groundbreaking for Quixote Village kicked off the final phase of a six-year community effort to move a highly successful homeless encampment into more traditional housing. It’s a noteworthy success for the South Sound community, and a testament to the power of a persistent vision.
A poorly considered amendment to the national farm bill being debated this week in the U.S. House could nullify state laws preventing animal cruelty and preempt a broad spectrum of laws ranging from child labor to the labeling of farm-raised fish.
State lawmakers claimed more than $77,000 in per diem compensation during this year’s first extra legislative session, even though they didn’t pass a single bill.
After nearly six months of political posturing and not much genuine negotiating, the state Legislature has failed to pass a biennium budget. If partisan gamesmanship prevents budget agreement in the next 12 days, by midnight June 30, government agencies will begin shutting down and temporarily laying off state workers.
YAY: SPSCC GRANT
Despite more than 25 years of effort at the federal, state and local level, the cleanup and recovery of Puget Sound remains an elusive goal.
Kudos to state Superintendent Randy Dorn for calling out Senate Republicans. In the Senate budget released over the weekend, Republicans have effectively eliminated career and technical education in public schools.