George Le Masurier, Publisher
Jerre Redecker, Senior Editor
John Dodge, Columnist
Mary Gentry, Community Representative
Doug Mah, Community Representative
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Olympia City Council should reject the last minute and ill-conceived request from beer and wine distributors and proceed with banning high-potency alcohol drinks in the downtown core. Eliminating public inebriation and its after-effects are central to the city’s short- and long-term downtown revitalization plans.
Thurston County taxpayers got good news from the Port of Olympia last week that it signed a new lease with Weyerhaeuser for its log export business. That means revenues in excess of $260,000 per year for up to the next 20 years, which will help continue the recent trend of financial success at the public port.
It’s more than a little disappointing that 65 percent of this fall’s contests for public office have already been decided. Democracy works best when challengers press incumbents to defend their records and stir debate over issues that will directly affect voters’ quality of life, homes, schools and neighborhoods.
The American press takes its watchdog role on all levels of government seriously, as should every citizen who values the right to free speech. Implicit in that process is the protection of reporters’ sources and the identities of whistle-blowing citizens.
YAY: HELPING SENIORS
Social doomsayers predicted the demise of public libraries to correspond with the rise of the Internet and electronic books. But a funny thing happened, because it didn’t happen. According to data collected by the Pew Research Center, a nationwide focus on early childhood education is breathing new life into libraries.
The state Senate stripped Gov. Jay Inslee’s Climate Action bill of any reference linking climate change to greenhouse gas emissions, but new data released this week from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography show once again how people are influencing the Earth’s atmosphere.
Over the weekend, a lot of Republican politicians learned to hate profiling. This is a positive development.
Is it coincidence or providence that former state Auditor Brian Sonntag warned incoming Gov. Jay Inslee about outdated technology shortly before the state Administrative Office of the Courts discovered that computer hackers had accessed up to 160,000 Social Security numbers and 1 million driver’s license numbers?