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    More important to tackle the right question

    Just beyond the elections next month lies a new legislative session. Worried as I am about climate change and its consequences, it would make sense to use this column to argue for a carbon tax. While we need to tax carbon to have any hope of slowing the use of it, making that case is not the right...

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    Critical public health services are at risk

    When public health does its job, we don’t notice it. We often take for granted the fact that our state and local health departments protect us in hundreds of ways – big and small – every single day.

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    Supportive network crucial for mentally disabled

    Every weekday morning two women from my immediate neighborhood join me for an extended walk, an activity that we find pleasurable as well as healthy. However, one recent morning the joy we experience in these daily outings was put at risk. We found ourselves confronted by a young man pushing a bike...

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    These questions are made for walking

    “Solvitur ambulando,” said Diogenes the Cynic. “It is solved by walking.” This is the same Diogenes who went about ancient Athens at mid-day, carrying a lighted lamp, “looking for an honest man”—apparently as rare a specimen 2,500 years ago as it ...

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    The new silent spring...and summer...fall...winter

    For me birds are a symbol of the freedom of flight. The Western Tanager -- with its striking attire of red, yellow, and black -- and the Black-headed Grosbeak -- with its sharply-etched pattern and burnt-orange breast -- are gems of beauty and activity. Even when unseen, the songs of the Swainson...

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    Lack of politics is the allure of the wilderness

    A few days ago, I drove away from a week-long hunting trip in the wilderness with a reinvigorated appreciation of Mother Nature, and of all of the peace and tranquility she offers. I was reminded that the most precious things in life are always found in simplicity, and not necessarily in easiness.

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    Volunteers should do what matters most to them

    I am a lifelong volunteer. It was required in my elementary school to volunteer, because when you start early it becomes part of who you are. In the beginning we volunteered with our class, but by the time we got to the seventh grade we had to find our own volunteer work and explain why we chose...

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    Voting on state issues can affect the nation

    In theory, by voting, we elect legislators who represent us. But lots of people don’t agree. Only 39 percent of registered voters in Thurston County voted last month, down from a high of 57 percent in 1992. A new report has been released that unfortunately confirms the apparent skepticism...

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    Lake advocates have a different point of view

    John Rosenberg’s recent editorial citing reasons for replacing Capitol Lake with an estuary provides an opportunity to present a factual version of this issue – one that identifies the lake as a priceless asset that should be retained and maintained. Rosenberg presents the New Zealand...

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    Proposed TV mergers place potential limitations on consumers

    I don’t remember when cable and satellite replaced the ubiquitous antenna, or which house I lived in when that slinky cable first intruded into my living space like a serpent settling into a corner nest. In the beginning the only change was a few more channels, but in time they multiplied...

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