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Hating on Israel is chic right now

Many Jews who will use this as an excuse to reject Black Lives Matter aren’t too interested in African-American issues, anyway. Despite our history of social action – including vocal participation in the civil rights movement – Jews have become increasingly detached from the needs of oppressed people, of all races.

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State permits for industrial dairy farms too lax

Every day in Washington state, concentrated animal feeding operations generate millions of pounds of manure, significant amounts of which are stored in unlined manure lagoons and often over-applied to farmland. If this untreated waste isn’t managed properly, it contaminates our waterways, shellfish beds, and worst of all, drinking water supplies, putting public health at risk.

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More action needed to address opioid epidemic

It is increasingly clear that we face an epidemic of opioid overdose and addiction in this country. Drug overdoses — most of them involving opioids — have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death nationwide. Here in Washington state, about 600 people die each year from overdosing on opioids, with an increasing number involving heroin.

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World’s poor deserve better than cheap populism

With defeat now the likely outcome for the Republican presidential nominee, the blame shifting has begun early and in earnest. Holding the Never Trump forces responsible for this is akin to blaming spectators for the Hindenburg disaster. The pointing and gawking did not cause the flames.

Op-Ed

Critical thinking in the political season

In today’s current political climate, we may forget to think critically. To maintain our sanity and still keep some of our friends, we consciously should be working on being fair-minded, having empathy, and maintaining intellectual integrity. And it may be a challenge to do so!

Editorials

UW let cloud form over hiring of president

The University of Washington appeared to make a good choice in hiring of Ana Mari Cauce as president last year. Too bad the UW’s Board of Regents didn’t carry out the hiring using a more open, clearly transparent process.

Op-Ed

Test results are up

After seeing the standardized testing effort for students in Washington state put through the political wringer, we are skeptical a fair and reasonable system can ever be put in place.

Op-Ed

‘Hillary’s heel’ remains the integrity question

Hillary’s long history of avoiding provable infractions despite hundreds of hours of investigations and millions in taxpayer expense – from Whitewater to Benghazi to her private email server – may soon come to an end, not with a gold medal but with an Olympian loss of whatever faith remained in her integrity.

Editorials

Why texting and walking don’t mix

This summer, city sidewalks are clotted with people gazing in store windows, dodging bikers and skateboarders, and … bumping into each other. Or colliding with lampposts. Or tripping over curbs. Or wandering into crosswalks against the light. Or, in one case we witnessed, stumbling over a startled beagle’s rump, mid-tail-wag.

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The Olympian's 2016 preseason practice tour: Black Hills Wolves

With senior Conner Furu back from injury and sophomore transfer Jaden Toussaint (Olympia) joining the ranks, Black Hills should have an explosive running game this season behind a veteran offensive line. Quarterback Christian Williams also returns after tossing 19 touchdowns last season.
Lauren Smith lsmith@theolympian.com
The Olympian's 2016 preseason practice tour: Black Hills Wolves 1:36

The Olympian's 2016 preseason practice tour: Black Hills Wolves

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Gregg Bell, Dave Boling discuss Sherman on Kaepernick, Jimmy Graham and more

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Seahawks CB Richard Sherman on Colin Kaepernick's stance, society

Chris Petersen previews UW season opener vs. Rutgers 1:46

Chris Petersen previews UW season opener vs. Rutgers