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    School boards are looking to add diversity to reflect students

    Schools rely on a dedicated army of volunteers every day to keep classrooms, committees, after school sports, clubs and transportation running smoothly. Many of these are parents or community members who share their time and experience to enrich the education of young people. What may surprise you...

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    U.S. leads in technology and poverty

    When the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, who will be left to buy houses, go on vacations and spend the money needed to stimulate the local and national economies? The short answer is that it won’t be the poor, whose ranks are swelling; they will be left to live on government and ...

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    Corrections workers just want a fair shake

    Corrections workers protect us all although the work they do is hidden from the view and consciousness of most Washingtonians. This difficult work involves many sacrifices, so many that our state’s prison system has a serious problem recruiting and retaining qualified staff. The state Legislature...

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    History, funding have shaped our school system

    My kids are smarter than your kids. After all, my kids were educated in a public school in Massachusetts. Yours were educated in a public school in Washington. Enough said? Of course not.

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    Black History Month: a guide in perilous times

    I was nine years old when the news of Martin Luther King’s assassination blasted out of our little black and white TV screen in Southeast Idaho. The news did something I had never really seen before – it made my father stop working and watch television. As Walter Cronkite reported ...

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    A personal view of Mt. Rainier, climate change

    The recent Olympian report, “Losing Paradise,” provided all who love The Mountain with a remarkable insight into the dramatic changes occurring in this magnificent national park. Our access to the park is shifting as well – and not for the better.

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    Top open government award going to Sen. Fain

    State Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn will be honored Monday [Jan. 26] with the highest legislative award the Washington Coalition for Open Government can bestow. The award celebrates your right to know what government is doing or thinking of doing.

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    Acting on climate change buys us insurance

    In December Gov. Jay Inslee announced a series of proposals that, if enacted, would make the state of Washington a regional leader in addressing climate change. Since then there have been some predictable partisan responses, including questioning whether climate change is real and, if it exists, ...

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    Pope’s comments on women reverberate

    Forget E.F. Hutton. It’s P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen.

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    47 years after MLK Jr., many rise to speak

    On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr was lost to the world. Fortunately, another voice has emerged to speak for, and more importantly, to, the black population. A man who truly understands what it means to be a minority in this country, and carries his own burden of blackness with dignity and...

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