Whither the capital gains tax?

Credit Senate Republicans for offering a state budget proposal to move Washington state closer to fully funding its K-12 public schools. Unfortunately, the GOP’s majority coalition relies too much on a large boost in the state property tax rate to make ends meet in a $43 billion budget.


Bill would let employers get too personal

The Obamacare repeal blueprint that President Donald Trump and House Republican leaders are trying to slam through the House this week is horrible enough, ripping away insurance from millions and giving a huge tax break to the wealthy.


Cuts to EPA make little or no sense

Puget Sound is a labor of love for Washingtonians. It is slow work to clean up and protect this iconic Northwest waterway, which serves as international shipping channel, marine food source and popular recreational playground.

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Protesters, police have rights, responsibilities

The city and Port of Olympia have experienced a surge of protests. Protests of this sort have a long history extending to pre-Revolutionary War days. The 1960s were somewhat different because the concept of “nonviolent” protest became commonplace. Nonviolent or passive resistance is rooted in the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and was effectively used by Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. The nonviolent nature of the movement contributed to and hastened the advances in civil rights for the black minority in this country.


Speaker Chopp earned his fine

House Speaker Frank Chopp must pay $6,470 including court costs for late filing of contribution and expenditure reports during the 2016 election cycle. Like other high-profile politicians, the Seattle Democrat should know better than to get sloppy with his campaign finance paperwork.


Open governments don’t charge for interviews

REMINDER FOR LANGLEY’s MAYOR: The mayor of Langley stepped into a mess of his own making on Whidbey Island. Tim Callison actually suggested a $64 invoice be sent to the local South Whidbey Record newspaper for an interview it had with the city’s attorney.


Levy cliff averted, real work can begin

Washington lawmakers owned up to one school-funding reality last week. The Republican-controlled Senate wisely backed away from a so-called school “levy cliff” by agreeing to let school districts collect extra dollars from local levies for another year.


Social equality: Senior rights are civil rights

“Senior rights are civil rights. We’re not just talking about social service accommodations; today’s older Americans want social equality.” The late Dennis Mahar (1952-2016) was always great for quotes, and this was the best one I got from him during research for my master’s degree. And he would know — Mahar spent 35 years in public service, many of them as the executive director of the Area Agency on Aging.


Sunshine Week: Public records are essential

The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created. This chapter shall be liberally construed and its exemptions narrowly construed to promote this public policy and to assure that the public interest will be fully protected. In the event of conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other act, the provisions of this chapter shall govern — Washington Public Records Act, R.C.W. 42.56.30.


Trump’s new travel ban still needs scrutiny

The Trump administration had little choice but to revise its travel restriction rules for immigrants. The new approach is not ideal, but it does scale back the earlier proposal that targeted visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries in a way that imposed a virtual religion test for immigration.

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One-minute delay is South Sound's traffic blood-boiler

Drivers tell The Olympian that a morning back-up on U.S. 101 leads to the most frustrating traffic situation in the South Sound.
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