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    Is this a watershed moment for Deschutes River?

    “Opposing parties need to cooperate on impasse,” admonished the headline in last Friday’s Olympian. That generic advice could apply to any number of current events from ongoing budget battles in Congress to fights over background checks in Washington State. In this case it&#...

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    Best solutions to homelessness often ignored

    Once there was a woman named Shawn, which was short for Shawnice, which Shawn thought was “just too much” name for her.

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    Have something to say? Write for The Olympian

    The Olympian’s 2014 Board of Contributors is nearing the end of its 12-month term. That means we are looking for five or six local writers to form the 2015 board, whose members will take turns writing a weekly column.

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    Merry Christmas, and believe in miracles

    Merry Christmas! Ok, how many of you reading this have I offended so far? Sadly, I’m sure there are several. So I ask the question, why? Not why you are offended, but why we say Merry Christmas.

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    State has a limited budget for medical education

    No other state in the WWAMI region has its own medical school and Eastern Washington should not try to be the first. This is not a competition. It’s not us vs. them. It’s about the state of Washington subsidizing medical education on a limited budget for the best students we can attract...

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    Thanks to everyone who aspires to greatness

    This holiday season, I’m extraordinarily grateful for expertise. I think a lot about gratitude – I don’t know why, really. It might be the years of Catholic school, the Shriners who taught me to walk again as a child or the fact that I got to spend a lot of time on the beach...

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    Ebola: If there was a doctor in the room

    I think today it is time again to ask this question: “Is there a doctor in the room?” The day of Ebola. The disease on the headlines. This fearsome outbreak that has killed thousands in Africa and has reared its ugly head here in America as well.

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    Nonprofit is a lifeline for people in crisis

    The Crisis Clinic of Thurston and Mason Counties is a non-profit organization whose mission is to respond to telephone calls from persons experiencing emotional turmoil, mental health concerns, and, sometimes, financial difficulties. For more than forty years, the Crisis Clinic has provided round...

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    Preserving LBA Woods: do it for the birds

    I confess to feeding birds. A few years ago, my husband and I bought a place near Evergreen State College where I work — we have a lovely one-level home on an acre-plus of land, fenced, no grass, lots of native and some ornamental shrubs, lovely perennial gardens near the house and the lot...

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    Audits improve local government accountability

    Governments at all levels are looking to meet the needs of citizens while striving to be efficient and cost effective. There are many tools available to managers, directors and policy makers alike. One important tool that should be used is performance audits.

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