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  • REGIONAL VOICES

    Florida is nation’s best state for its roads and bridges

    The nation’s roads and bridges aren’t in good shape. Twenty-five percent of bridges are rated deficient or obsolete. Fourteen percent of roads are in poor condition. But amid the potholes and crumbling pylons, one state stands out: Florida ranks near the top in nearly every measure ...

  • NATIONAL COLUMNS

    Let’s treat gun safety as a public health issue

    Quick, are you more likely to die by a bullet or in a car crash? Common sense would seem to suggest the latter. Cars are everywhere. We are an auto-obsessed nation. To be American is to drive – everywhere. Teenagers itch to get behind the wheel, and the old and infirm vigorously resist giving...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Hobby Lobby opponents warp facts, and the law

    The Olympian’s recent editorial on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, along with several letters to the editor since then, show an almost shocking disregard for the truth and for our constitutional freedoms. The most egregious error in the editorial, and in some of the letters...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Public landscaping should consider the long-term

    Today I observed a crew from Thurston County removing plant material along the Yelm Highway. I talked to one of the workers and asked if they were getting rid of the ornamental grass plants. The answer was “no, we are relocating the plants as they were overplanted.” I certainly agree...

  • EDITORIALS

    Congress punts shamefully on highway funding

    Here’s how ridiculous Congress has become: In order to avert the nation’s Highway Trust Fund from going broke, shutting down countless road projects and throwing 700,000 people out of work, the U.S. House approved a 10-month patch with money that may or may not exist.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    A gaggle of baby ducks stopped Mud Bay traffic

    Wednesday I was going to town, and saw a gaggle of baby ducks walking across four lanes of traffic on Mud Bay Road. Another great sight was four lanes of traffic stopped to let them get across the road. It lighten my heart to know we have good people driving in Olympia. Thanks. for making my day.

  • NATIONAL COLUMNS

    Who’s Right and Wrong in the Middle East?

    With Israeli troops again invading Gaza and the death toll rising, some of the rhetoric from partisans on each side is oddly parallel. Maybe it’s time to correct a few common misconceptions among the salvos flying back and forth.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Vote out politicans who help immigrant children

    Illegal immigration problems have surfaced again. Thousands of illegal immigrant children with their accompanying adults are crossing our borders without proper evaluations for contagious disease. This is a very serious threat to our national health and security.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Sheldon grabs attention on issues going nowhere

    I am not a fan of Marijuana one way or another. However, a law was passed by the state of Washington that marijuana could be legally grown and sold. I guess Tim Sheldon was too busy collecting his salary as a senator and Mason County Commissioner to have time to attend the meeting when the other...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    A gaggle of baby ducks stopped Mud Bay traffic

    Wednesday I was going to town, and saw a gaggle of baby ducks walking across four lanes of traffic on Mud Bay Road. Another great sight was four lanes of traffic stopped to let them get across the road. It lighten my heart to know we have good people driving in Olympia. Thanks. for making my day.

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