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    Moms need better options for returning to work

    Just past dawn the other morning, my husband was off to work and my four year old daughter was crushed up against me in our king sized bed, which often ends up feeling like a twin due to her need for full bodily contact. (Yes, she still ends up in our bed most nights. We are working on this!) This...

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    Olympia has chance to save LBA Woods for a future park

    Did you know that the last large wooded parcel in Olympia and its urban growth area, the 150 acre woods surrounding LBA Park, is about to disappear and be replaced by new developments? If the city of Olympia doesn’t act to buy LBA Woods soon while it is available, future generations will ...

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    A foundational education should be a birthright

    The thing is, lack of a foundational education is the ugly twin brother to poverty. And arched together they create the doorway through which walk nearly all our social ills. Fortunately, the simple act of educating a single person can change their life and ripple across generations of their family...

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    Fixes for dental care shortage? Medicaid funding, residencies

    Access to dental care is a major problem in our state. As a solution, some have proposed creating a new “mid-level” dental provider. Although this seems like a simple fix, I believe the real solution is more complex.

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    Natural resources need more help in the budget

    We are all citizens of Washington, but what does that really mean? What is central to our identity as a state? When my relatives from back East visit, they talk about how green it is out here, how good it smells. They love Puget Sound and marvel at streams with huge spawning salmon swimming along.

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    Oscar’s speech on wage equity echoes at school house

    Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette used her platform at the winner’s podium to advocate for wage equity for women, proclaiming, “We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United...

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    Regional exports riding on many key regulatory decisions

    For the first time in many years, the United States may be on the brink of sustained economic growth. Thanks in large part to a renaissance in manufacturing in the United States – fueled by domestic energy production, world-leading productivity and groundbreaking innovations – job ...

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    Candidate’s suicide may link to smear tactics

    Sometimes the hateful words that slither out of people’s mouths are shocking. But what ought to keep us up at night is the silence that often follows – the way that listeners ignore, or fail to compose themselves to answer, the harmful things that others say.

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    Dental therapists could help end shortage of dentists to meet need

    People of all ages in the Puget Sound region should be able to find quality dental care that lets them work, go to school and avoid dental pain. Yet here and across the state, many of them can’t. In any given year, about half of all the state’s children and insured adults do not receive...

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    School boards are looking to add diversity to reflect students

    Schools rely on a dedicated army of volunteers every day to keep classrooms, committees, after school sports, clubs and transportation running smoothly. Many of these are parents or community members who share their time and experience to enrich the education of young people. What may surprise you...

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