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    Life without plastic bags

    More than four months have passed since on ban on plastic bag use took effect in the cities of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater, and the unincorporated areas of Thurston County. Thurston County Solid Waste is reaching out to consumers and businesses to see what they like, or don’t like, about ...

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    Now real talks can begin in Great Wolf saga

    Thurston County’s futile, seven-year court battle to collect property taxes from Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound is finally over. Perhaps now the county and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation can now enter meaningful negotiations to compensate the county for the services ...

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    Task force considers carbon pricing options

    The U.S. and China reached a significant joint commitment last week to reduce carbon emissions over the next decade. Yesterday, Gov. Jay Inslee’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Taskforce (CERT) made recommendations for a Washington state market-based carbon pollution program.

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    Olympia leads state on LGBT civil rights

    The City of Olympia improved its status with the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights.

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    1351: voter ed needed

    A slim majority of voters passed Initiative 1351 to reduce class sizes, which will cost $4.7 billion that the state doesn’t have. But would those same voters support a $4.7 billion tax increase? That’s about as likely as pigs flying in formation.

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    Local candidates step forward

    As a nation, we are collectively suffering a lingering post-election hangover. And yet, there are people right here in the South Sound who are already soberly planning for the 2015 general election. Or, at least we hope they are.

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    Community colleges buoy our education goals

    Budget writers for the Washington state Legislature face an extraordinary challenge this year. For the 2015-2017 budget, they must address a number of expensive court-ordered mandates, including the behemoth McCleary decision on fully funding K-12 basic education. While McCleary points to a specific...

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    State woefully underfunds mental health

    Several courts have ruled that the Washington state Legislature is not adequately funding basic education, mental health programs and removal of culverts that block migrating salmon. The state Supreme Court went so far as to find the Legislature in contempt on K-12 education funding. Now lower courts...

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    Men should worry about hormone disruptors

    It’s been over 40 years since DDT was banned, but it’s still in the soil in farm fields, and in the Columbia River and its tributaries. So are PCBs – also banned in the 1970s – and PDBEs (flame retardants), which are now being phased out in Washington. There’s ...

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    What did voters really say?

    The voters spoke loud and clear last week, but what exactly did they say? On a national level, they wanted change, and swung to the right to get it. Voters followed that trend, to a lesser degree, in Washington state and Thurston County.

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