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    ‘Downtown Strategy’ is underway in Olympia

    Downtown Olympia’s problems are complicated. If they were simple, we would already have thousands of units of downtown housing, at every price level. We would have a compact, walkable city center teeming with art and culture, a prosperous and growing community of downtown businesses, safe...

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    We remember those who served

    As we celebrate the Memorial Day that comes 70 years after the end of World War II, it’s only fitting that ace fighter pilots like Clarence Borley of Olympia were awarded a Congressional Gold Medal last week in a Washington, D.C., ceremony. Borley, 90, and a retired Navy commander, was one...

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    Olympia shooting needs scrutiny

    Two fateful events took place in Olympia on Thursday. First, an unthinkable shooting by police. Then our community, assisted by clergy, began thinking aloud about what it means and how to move forward. Heartache, then introspection and calls for justice, whatever that turns out to be.

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    Change needed in school testing rule

    About 2,000 Washington high school seniors will fail to graduate this year despite having enough credits to walk on the commencement dais with classmates. The sticking point is that they didn’t pass an end-of-course test for biology in 10th grade. Legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. ...

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    Good step on retirement accounts

    A new retirement option is coming for employees of small businesses in Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law this week that lets the state start setting up a Small Business Retirement Marketplace, which might open for business in 2017, backers say. Washington becomes the second state...

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    Salary commission action looks just

    So, how much is a good state legislator worth these days? A citizen commission that sets Washington elected officials’ pay has decided that our representatives and senators should be paid at least 11 percent more over the next two years. Rank and file members now earn $42,106 and will see...

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    Gut check on presidential campaigns

    American presidential campaigns are excruciatingly long, but they offer us a very thorough and extended look into our national psyche and the direction of our democracy. This year, we’re already awash in Republican candidates challenging the Bush dynasty, and a curmudgeonly but ...

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    Fitting way to honor Billy Frank Jr.

    A proposal to rename the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge after Billy Frank Jr. is a great way to remember the Nisqually tribal rights activist. U.S. Rep. Denny Heck of Olympia sponsored House Resolution 2270, which the state’s entire congressional delegation supports. If passed, it would...

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    Budget writers, ple-e-e-ase negotiate

    More than half-way into a special session, Washington state lawmakers remain locked in a political stare-down over taxes. No way, says the Republican side. Yes way, say the Democrats. Gov. Jay Inslee is now saying yes to half-way. Please meet toward the middle, Inslee says.

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    New courthouse idea needs a lot of study

    The quest to build a new Thurston County Courthouse is getting some traction. Earlier this week two South Sound judges pitched one option for replacing the courthouse that now is perched along Lakeridge Drive overlooking Capitol Lake. But it’s hard to envision moving very quickly – ...

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