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    State Board of Education deserves our thanks

    Last week our State Board of Education stood strong for students – all our students – when they voted to approve rules guiding rigorous new high school graduation requirements. This important law ensures that each of our state’s students will graduate high school, beginning ...

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    Have the long-term unemployed become dispensable?

    My daughter recently reentered the job market after tottering on the divide between the currently unemployed and the long-term unemployed. We both breathed a long sigh of relief following an extended and somewhat frightening wait that seemed to carry my daughter further away from that brass ring...

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    Message to clergy: End religiously inspired sexism

    There are so many reasons to dislike the recent Supreme Court majority opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that it’s hard to know where to begin listing them. Is it just another example of specious logic justifying faulty science in the service of bad religion? Another example of the absurdity...

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    Sadly, we don’t all pronounce words the same way

    I’ve been cursed with a profound fascination of words and how we use them. Sure, when I happen to eloquently orate a soliloquy or transcribe a compelling composition—rare feats indeed—one may say I am blessed. But when friends and coworkers are interrupted with the correct usage...

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    Question to nonprofits: Who do you think you are?

    Eating a bratwurst at Boston Harbor last Friday I was greeted warmly by the marina manager. It was my first visit this year to the marina’s weekly summer “beer-b-ques” – gatherings on the dock where folks eat well, taste local brews and socialize. Families with kids and...

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    A liberal education involves inventing ourselves

    More than 1,000 students graduated from Evergreen – the quintessential public, alternative liberal arts college—last week, and many are the first in their families to earn a college degree. In spite of the economy, or perhaps because of it, I think earning a degree in the liberal arts...

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    Denying an education for the worth of a parent

    Sixty years ago this past May, a unanimous Warren Court handed down Brown v. Board of Education holding that, “separate educational facilities (for different races) are inherently unequal.” Segregation in public schools was outlawed, busing happened, balances were created and thus ...

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    Corrections officer: A woman’s perspective

    At a recent neighborhood gathering, I became acquainted with my new next-door neighbor. Blonde, pretty and vibrant, I never would have guessed that each morning as I watched her drive off the parking lot that she was headed for a local prison to do her job as a corrections officer.

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    ‘Roll on, Columbia,’ but with some amendments

    For many years, my brother Jim handled media relations for a large investor-owned utility (what I like to call an IOU) in the Midwest. Whenever we get together, he still reminds me about Washington state’s low energy prices thanks in part to federally subsidized dams on the Columbia River...

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    Pause and remember the price paid for freedom

    At 3 p.m. today in the midst of your backyard barbecue, set down your bratwurst or drumstick, put aside your cold, frothy beer, and pause for just one silent minute to put your hand over your heart and remember why exactly it is that you are able to enjoy that brat, that beer, that freedom to do...

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