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    Youth survey reveals ‘dark cloud’ over teen girls

    Every time I’m in conversation with someone and I mention working with adolescent girls through YWCA, their usual response is, “What a tough age for girls!” While this seems to be the consensus, I’m not sure the public realizes just how tough it actually is. High numbers...

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    Cigarette tax hike would hurt small shops and invite tax evasion

    State lawmakers are once again targeting adult smokers to raise money to help plug holes in the state’s projected $38 billion to $39 billion spending plan. They’re proposing a 50-cent per pack increase in the state’s cigarette excise tax to about $3.53 per pack. With this increase...

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    To stay great, we can’t do things ‘on the cheap’

    When I was young, public employees, the folks who provided for the public good, often were called public or civil servants, and their profession was called the civil service. It was clearly understood that in our great nation some people were willing to give up the pursuit of the almighty dollar...

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    Proposed water quality standards won’t protect human health

    It’s high time Washington updated its water quality standards. The current state rule is based on 40-year-old data, and we lag behind Oregon, which recently set the strongest water quality standards in the country. Yet the proposed updates, which opened for public comment on Jan. 12, do little...

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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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