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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    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 ...

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    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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    Ballots out this week

    During the annual long stretch of summer’s hottest weather, most people have other things on their minds than voting - like heading to the beach or otherwise staying cool. That explains – but doesn’t justify - why a majority of Thurston County residents will allow a small number...

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    Court helps veterans gain control of thier lives

    Thurston County led the state and the nation in helping veterans regain stability in their lives. Too many women and men return from life-changing battlefield experiences – most recently from Iraq and Afghanistan – with post traumatic stress disorder, and slip into destructive behaviors...

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