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Arbitrary and capricious: Rule of law binds agencies

After five years and thousands of hours of public testimony, it took a Cowlitz County judge just five seconds to say what many of us have long suspected: some state regulators are out of control, and important parts of the state regulatory process are now tools of activist groups.

Opinion

Toast for dinner? Senior malnutrition: a silent epidemic

Many elderly people end up malnourished for a host of reasons. For some elderly people, dementia or other cognitive problems make it impossible to manage the basic activities of daily life, referred to as ADLs. For other seniors, their lack of transportation makes it hard to get to the store. Still other seniors find that social isolation leads to depression and lack of appetite. Poverty and dental problems also can make good nutrition tough.

Editorials

A better way for Bill Gates to fix schools

Bill Gates has been one of the world’s richest people for decades. To build a legacy beyond Microsoft — and to build a better world — in 2000 he and his wife launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent billions of dollars on numerous good causes.

Editorials

‘Tax reform’ is more than a tax cut

If the super-rich feel a bit bullish and middle-income breadwinners feel leery, it’s no wonder. Early versions of congressional Republicans’ “reform” plans are scented with greed. They hit some middle-class taxpayers and allow massive new deficit spending.

Editorials

Legislature lax on sexual harassment

Stories of sexual harassment at the Washington state Capitol are coming out of the shadows. In the last week, several news stories were published about lawmakers’ sexual actions toward other legislators, staff or lobbyists that long had been kept hidden — by victims and friends of the suspects.

Editorials

Manafort charges shed bad light on Trump

President Donald Trump is right: Most of the accusations against Paul Manafort in the indictment that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought Monday morning relate to activities from long before he became the Trump campaign manager in the spring of 2016. The word “Trump” doesn’t appear anywhere in the 31-page document, and the only Russian influence it mentions relates to politics in Ukraine, not the United States.

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