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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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    Time to stop planning and start the journey

    Where did your last road trip take you? What was your favorite trip memory? A road trip isn’t simply the beginning and end; it is a journey that a group takes. It is made of memories, the flat tire changes, the scenery and the people met along the way. Sometimes it takes longer than planned...

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    Lake reflects our inability to make hard choices

    Invasive species flourish where conditions for reproduction are optimal and no predators discourage them from choking out native species. New Zealand Mud Snails have invaded Capitol Lake and closed it while at the same paralyzing a management process that was already grinding to a halt due to political...

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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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