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    Providing equal pay for equal work would lift everyone

    In the 10th Congressional District, working women make 82 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. And while that figure is stronger than the national average of 78 cents, it still means women in the South Sound must work months longer to reach comparable earnings to men, with an average...

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    Teaching profession has a lot of super-heroes

    Several weeks ago, Paul Elwood wrote about how his daughter is smarter than all the kids in Thurston County because she went to school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In theory, I suppose he has a point. The standardized test scores and per capita income in Cambridge are higher than here. The dropout...

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    Summer is perfect time to hire a teen worker

    My first job fell into my lap when I took over my older brother’s yard mowing business when he graduated to a better paying summer job. Mowing yards provided me with my first taste of working for someone other than my parents. I had to learn to satisfy my customers and to price my service...

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    Our lives are longer thanks to public health

    Take a look around you. Public health is in action: from the clean water running out your tap to the fresh fruit on the counter top. What is hidden is public health’s hard fought work in action: protecting us from the measles through immunizations, and the tobacco-free air we breathe in our...

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    Status of WSU med-school bill

    The state House and Senate both approved a bill authorizing Washington State University to teach medicine and forestry as major lines of study. The WSU board of regents also is authorized to establish its own medical school. House Bill 1559 now awaits signing by Gov. Jay Inslee, who was scheduled...

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    First, do no harm to UW’s top-ranked medical school

    The recent news that the University of Washington remains the nation’s top ranked medical school in primary care, and family and rural medicine, as it has for more than two decades, is recognition we can all cheer. Whether the Legislature decides to spend resources on WSU’s new medical...

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    New WSU medical school would be good investment

    In 1917 – when life expectancy for the American male was 48 years and 1 percent of homes had indoor plumbing – the Legislature saw fit to ensure there would be only one publicly-funded medical school in Washington. Times have changed; one medical school cannot keep pace with the growing...

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    There are fiscal conservatives, and cheapskates

    The so-called fiscal conservatives have joined forces with the small-government types to promote a gloomy picture of the economy, and, it would follow, diminished fiscal capacity at every level of government. Hello, all you amateur economists, the recession’s over! And it’s been over...

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    Pricing carbon is a smart policy for Washington

    Washington has long been a leader in innovation, hosting the headquarters of major global businesses like Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Weyerhaeuser and Starbucks. But climate change is posing serious risks to the state’s economy and way of life. Fortunately, Washington can help meet this challenge...

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    Moms need better options for returning to work

    Just past dawn the other morning, my husband was off to work and my four year old daughter was crushed up against me in our king sized bed, which often ends up feeling like a twin due to her need for full bodily contact. (Yes, she still ends up in our bed most nights. We are working on this!) This...

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