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    This special session was inevitable

    The state Legislature is high-centered politically on school funding once again. Lawmakers adjourned Friday without a budget deal. There is little hope for an easy compromise when lawmakers return to the Capitol mid-week. Gov. Jay Inslee called for a 30-day special session to begin Wednesday. It...

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    Good and bad news on homelessness

    The yearly census of homeless people living in Thurston County has some good news this year. The numbers of homeless people are actually down from 2006 levels. On the other hand, the numbers of homeless young people are rising to alarming levels.

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    Earth Day reminds that the job's not done

    Happy Earth Day. This celebration calls us to reflect on the miracle of our planet, the teeming life it has nurtured over the past three or four billion years, and its future. Earth Day is also an invitation to express our love and gratitude for the deep origins of our own lives, and for the natural...

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    STEM programs deserve added help

    It's become a mantra of education reformers: We need to invest more in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, programs. These educate the next generation in high-tech fields at the heart of the new economic revolution, and if we don't create home-grown graduates with these skills...

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    Facing charges, Kelley should resign

    A federal indictment issued Thursday against state Auditor Troy Kelley leaves the Democrat with few friends and even fewer choices. He needs to step down, handing over his agency to a caretaker, and not merely take a leave of absence, as he proposes. Kelley insists he’s innocent...

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    Minimum wage to rise, but how fast?

    The minimum wage in Washington, already highest in the country at $9.47, is destined to rise. There are legitimate questions, however, about how far and how fast government should lift it. The Legislature is high-centered along party lines on this issue, so it’s a near-certainty that Washington...

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    Inslee should sign marijuana reforms

    Washington lawmakers finally forged a grand compromise on the state’s unfolding experiment with legal marijuana. An amended, bipartisan bill passed in the Senate by a 41-to-8 wide margin on Tuesday. Senate Bill 5052, in effect, merges the long-standing medical marijuana market with the newer...

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    Mental health funding turns corner

    Mental health care in Washington was among the worst casualties of the Great Recession, but the last two legislative sessions – and the passage of the Affordable Care Act – have turned the tide and will result in a total of over $700 million in new investment since the low point. This...

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    Keep politics out of parks and habitat

    The state Senate once again is playing politics with a tried and true method of prioritizing projects worthy of funding for new parks, open space, trails, boat launches and fish and wildlife habitat all across the state.

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    Training bill is big help to teachers

    Teachers don’t have time to waste, but for many years they’ve been required to attend professional training sessions that often do just that. All teachers will tell you about having to attend “professional development” sessions that have little or nothing to do with the...

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