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    Three housing needs exist in the community

    You have a loaf of bread; I have bologna and mustard. Individually, you have a stack of carbs, and I have spicy protein. Together, though, we have lunch. The sandwich is the mutually beneficial deliverable, the process is the fair exchange.

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    Kids prosper and find their voice at the club

    What do Denzel Washington and Thurston County’s Terrance Gardenhigh have in common?

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    Shriners refused to take no for an answer

    I love the Shriners. When I was 8 our next door neighbor was doing a medical school rotation at the Shriners Hospital in San Francisco, and upon seeing that I was confined to a wheelchair and in a fair amount of pain he asked if he could help.

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    Is it the Fish, or the Water?

    Gov. Jay Inslee has announced his intention to increase the official estimate for how much fish we can safely eat in Washington, from 6.3 grams per day (about the size of a Ritz cracker) to 175 grams per day (about 6 ounces). This decision about how much fish we eat will determine how clean the ...

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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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