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    Inside view: Lessons I learned as nonprofit CEO

    Nonprofit organizations are often referred to as the Third Sector as they work alongside government or on behalf of government to attack pressing education, social and health problems. With the exception of health care, human service nonprofits do not play by the same supply demand rules as private...

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    Election years bring promise of debate on dogma

    It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians – inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party’s base and are, therefore, deemed fair game. Roger Ailes’ Fox News has succeeded in no small part because he doesn&#...

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    If marijuana’s now legal, what might be next?

    My wife and two children physically recoiled when I floated this idea at the dinner table. My son quickly recovered and calmly stated that, sure, I could write a column on this topic of prostitution, but only after he left Olympia to go to college. He’s in eighth grade. As we have become ...

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    Downtown Olympia can be test for ‘Mama Bear’

    Mother’s Day is coming up, a time to thank our hard-working, imperfect, unconditionally loving moms for all they have given us. Life, for one, but also advice (whether we want it or not), a place to lay our heads, and, hopefully, a sense of security in a sometimes scary world.

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    America must embrace new ways of policing

    Policing in America has made great strides over the last 30 years. I have witnessed first-hand many positive actions and efforts by officers in difficult situations. Yet recent incidents demonstrate that the profession needs to embrace the next step in its evolution. We need to be more transparent...

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    Ingredients for bipartisan budget include revenue, pay raises

    How many pizzas and Diet Cokes does it take to make a bipartisan budget? That’s been a popular joke repeated around the Capitol the last few years. It pokes fun at our menu during the many long nights Sen. Andy Hill (R-Redmond) and I spent the last few years crafting state budgets that our...

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    Capital gains tax is about wealthy paying a fairer share

    When I started my business here in Washington over 36 years ago, I did so for all the reasons people still come here today – an incredible quality of life with access to the great outdoors, an educated and creative workforce and a vibrant, diverse economy. But those foundations are at risk...

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    Legislature needs to fix education funding leak

    In 2007, lawmakers increased education funding 15 percent on a per student basis, and at the same time the Washington Education Association (WEA) led a lawsuit alleging that the state underfunded education. How could both be true? They were true because the WEA broke the school funding system with...

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    An ode to baseball and a day of playing hooky

    The voice on the phone was deep with conspiracy: "Play hooky with me," it urged. It was my brother, who otherwise holds a pretty responsible position in higher education in this community.

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    State should boost Medicaid funding for elderly in care centers

    State mental health funding has been in the news. Writing that “jails are not hospitals,” U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman recently ordered the state to stop warehousing those criminal defendants awaiting competency determinations. Both parties in the Legislature have budget...

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