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  • EDITORIALS

    Feds finally share FBI database with state

    Finally, the federal government has decided to share its FBI database with state officials trying to do national background checks on people applying for marijuana business licenses.

  • REGIONAL VOICES

    Community colleges need state support

    Kristina Lawley experienced a parent’s worst nightmare. Her firstborn daughter, Abigail, passed away after only five days of life. From those dark days, Kristina decided to become a neonatal nurse.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Cycle of poverty can be broken

    There is great irony in the article “Take a real look at the face of poverty” (Leonard Pitts Jr., The Olympian, April 3). Pitts criticizes those who promote the values of cultural and community responsibility and hard work ethics. Then he portrays a woman in poverty as the victim as she...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Daffodils brighten Evergreen Parkway

    Since I live near The Evergreen State College area, I drive Evergreen Parkway almost daily. This time of year I am always greeted by rows of colorful daffodils along the road. They are always a welcome sight. Kudos to the students of McLane Elementary School for planting and sharing these harbingers...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Treatment needed more than shelter

    There is something that the warm-hearted advocates of a low-barrier shelter just don’t get. An addict’s addiction demands that they get money for their next fix any way that they possibly can, and unfortunately too much of the time it’s called crime.

  • EDITORIALS

    State right to get tough on polluters

    Attorney General Bob Ferguson has been cracking down on the environmental scourge of derelict vessels. The AG has filed criminal charges against the owners of three sunken vessels since January. Now he’s getting support from the state Legislature.

  • REGIONAL VOICES

    India’s elections could bring major change

    The United States has had a relatively easy time with India in recent years with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the experienced Congress Party in power.

  • NATIONAL COLUMNS

    The solution to money in politics is free speech

    On Thursday, the day after the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, The Washington Post and the New York Times between them carried eight separate print articles about the ruling. McCutcheon is the latest in a string of decisions in which the court has held...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Ex-Darrington resident asks ‘why live near river?’

    I feel very sorry for all those people who lost their lives in the Oso mudslide. But, I do not feel sorry for their way of thinking, building a home near a river that is prone to flooding. Then on top of that building opposite a very high bank with a river below cutting into that bank. Why do they...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Take the politics out of the port’s business

    What is the business of the Port of Olympia? Is it the port’s business to accept military convoys? How about logs or windmill parts from Denmark? Has the port enabled war, added to deforestation and killed birds through these activities or has it provided for sustainable wind energy, renewable...

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