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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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    U.S. leads in technology and poverty

    When the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, who will be left to buy houses, go on vacations and spend the money needed to stimulate the local and national economies? The short answer is that it won’t be the poor, whose ranks are swelling; they will be left to live on government and ...

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    Corrections workers just want a fair shake

    Corrections workers protect us all although the work they do is hidden from the view and consciousness of most Washingtonians. This difficult work involves many sacrifices, so many that our state’s prison system has a serious problem recruiting and retaining qualified staff. The state Legislature...

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    History, funding have shaped our school system

    My kids are smarter than your kids. After all, my kids were educated in a public school in Massachusetts. Yours were educated in a public school in Washington. Enough said? Of course not.

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    Black History Month: a guide in perilous times

    I was nine years old when the news of Martin Luther King’s assassination blasted out of our little black and white TV screen in Southeast Idaho. The news did something I had never really seen before – it made my father stop working and watch television. As Walter Cronkite reported ...

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    A personal view of Mt. Rainier, climate change

    The recent Olympian report, “Losing Paradise,” provided all who love The Mountain with a remarkable insight into the dramatic changes occurring in this magnificent national park. Our access to the park is shifting as well – and not for the better.

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    Top open government award going to Sen. Fain

    State Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn will be honored Monday [Jan. 26] with the highest legislative award the Washington Coalition for Open Government can bestow. The award celebrates your right to know what government is doing or thinking of doing.

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