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    Elect Pulsipher, Olsen for PUD commission

    Although the Thurston Public Utility District is a little-known and frequently misunderstood water district serving residents in multiple counties, it has drawn the most candidates seeking office in the South Sound primary election on Aug. 5. Seven individuals are running for two positions. Voters...


    Congress punts shamefully on highway funding

    Here’s how ridiculous Congress has become: In order to avert the nation’s Highway Trust Fund from going broke, shutting down countless road projects and throwing 700,000 people out of work, the U.S. House approved a 10-month patch with money that may or may not exist.


    Congress: pass ban on LGBT discrimination

    On Tuesday, President Obama fulfilled a six-year-old campaign promise to protect people working for federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It was a welcome, if long overdue, executive order made necessary by the failure of Congress to pass legislation...


    Fund forest health to minimize fire damage

    Wildfires burning through Central Washington have destroyed more than 150 houses and forced other families to evacuate. One man has died from a heart attack while trying to save his home. It’s a grim reminder that the Northwest is vulnerable to devastating natural disasters. And the driest...


    McMorris Rodgers: Outlier on Export-Import Bank

    Labor and industry have set aside their differences to urge Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank before its charter expires on Sept. 20, as they have done for 80 years. The bank is so important to the U.S. economy that 41 U.S. House Republicans signed a letter of support for reauthorization...


    Love oysters? Help seed Budd Inlet

    The ninth annual Olympia Harbor-Budd Inlet Oyster Seed Project on July 26 needs your help again this year. A $35 contribution purchases a 30-pound bag of 300 oyster shells containing five seeds per shell, which volunteers plant around the inlet and harbor. Each oyster filters up to 50 gallons of...


    Expand, don’t dilute, UW medical school

    It was a revolutionary concept in 1971 when the University of Washington School of Medicine pioneered the nation’s first collaborative medical school with the University of Alaska and Washington State University. The goal was to expand UW’s world-class medical school to train new doctors...


    Vote “yes” for Lacey-FD3 proposition 1

    Voters in Lacey and rural Fire District 3 have had an on-and-off relationship with their fire fighting and medical emergency response services. City and rural residents overwhelming supported the 2010 annexation that brought the City of Lacey into the fire district’s boundaries – with...


    Legislature should support water quality plan

    In his proposal for updating the state’s water quality standards, Gov. Jay Inslee aimed for a high but achievable goal. We think he found the reasonable middle ground. The governor’s proposal sets regulations strict enough to protect the health of all Washington citizens, but with ...


    Jefferson joins editorial board

    A career public defender who represents clients charged with serious felony offenses is joining The Olympian’s editorial board. Larry Jefferson begins his 12-month term this week as one of two community representatives on the editorial board. He replaces Kate Severson, a Washington state ...

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