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    Capitol Lake future in need of clarity

    Kudos to both the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team and Capitol Lake Improvement & Protection Association. Questions over the future of Capitol Lake — whether as a lake or estuary — have lingered for far too many years without answers to long term maintenance...

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    Initiative process needs a few tweaks

    The Washington initiative process is a valuable tool that helps voters cut through noise at the Legislature and bypass interest groups’ hold on lawmaking. It was citizens’ initiatives that created our state’s landmark public disclosure law in the 1970s, a tax on hazardous oil...

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    Oso slide lessons still being learned

    Sunday marked a solemn day in Snohomish County but also for our state on the one-year anniversary of the Oso landslide, deadliest in U.S. history. The slide on March 22, 2014, claimed 43 lives and followed days of rain on an unstable slope. The lessons from this sobering tragedy are many: from the...

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    Bill banning toxics needs Senate vote

    A bill banning a handful of toxic flame retardants thought to be harmful to kids is moving in the Legislature. This is the third time around for the toxics bill, and it deserves passage into law.

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    Kelley must put auditor agency first

    State Auditor Troy Kelley finds himself in the middle of very public questions about his personal dealings again. Although it's too early to say he's done wrong, the apparent ongoing federal investigation that included a search of his home by federal agents and other investigative actions has put...

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    Wage card fees put pinch on laborers

    What sounds like a convenience for employers is sometimes a cruel joke for low-wage workers. Some employees are paid using payroll cash cards that banks then charge fees for accessing, according to Republican state Rep. Graham Hunt of Orting. Hunt sponsored legislation to curb the practice after...

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    JBLM widows find common cause beyond grief

    Stephanie Groepper lost her husband, Chad, in a combat ambush in Iraq in 2008. Groepper, who has a 7-year-old daughter, Clarissa, joined with other women at Joint Base Lewis McChord who also lost spouses in combat – founding a Washington Warrior Widows group. The volunteers offer...

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    Our zombie tax code needs a new life

    There was something grotesque but apt about the sight of zombies crawling around the state Capitol in search of a tax break last week. The zombies were, of course, people from the film industry who were playing creatures from “Z Nation,” a zombie flick filmed in Spokane that airs on...

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    Gunn resignation shakes up port - again

    Uncertainty continues at the Port of Olympia. The port’s newest commissioner, Sue Gunn, has resigned for health reasons less than two years after winning a four-year term in 2013. Her departure, announced late last week, throws her position open to an appointment process this spring...

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    More science needed to save sea stars

    Sea stars are dying in unprecedented numbers along the West Coast. The cause is still under investigation but a virus existing since 1940s is a suspected factor, according to research published last fall in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Amazingly enough there is no system ...

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