Editorials

Editorials

Port commission needs to chill

When E.J. Zita and Joe Downing were elected to the Olympia Port Commission last fall, we had hoped they could bring sharper scrutiny of port decisions and actions and also be a voice for transparency.

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US should not disengage from Cuba

Though the death of Fidel Castro is certainly not the end of tyranny on the island, it is imperative that the United States learn from history and engage effectively with Cuba with the aim of encouraging greater freedoms.

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Outrageous, shocking, viral and fake

Next time you think about liking or sharing that sensational story or meme that confirms just how bad so-and-so is or how evil refugees are, maybe spend a minute or two fact checking it first. You might even learn something.

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State Need Grant deserves a boost

Washington’s universities, community colleges and technical colleges are joining forces on a few common budget goals in the next year. One important focus is on the State Need Grant program.

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Will GOP conservatives stand up to Trump?

Donald Trump is notable among recent Republican presidential nominees in his talent for alienating conservatives. Those who disowned him during the campaign include three former chairmen of the Republican National Committee, House members Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Justin Amash of Michigan, and commentators George Will, Charles Krauthammer and William Kristol.

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Projects sharpen sea-rise questions

A proposal to develop a portion of Port of Olympia land near the lower East Bay part of Budd Inlet may put a better spotlight on the threat of climate change and sea-level rise in the capital city. So might talk of a downtown courthouse.

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Bannon appointment is bad news

President-elect Donald Trump can do better than Stephen Bannon as top strategist and adviser. Naming a man with ties to the “alt-right” or white-nationalist movement to a high position in the White House next year is an insult to Americans after an ugly, divisive election.

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Arizona is cautionary tale for Trump

He was Donald Trump before Trump – his political godfather. The racial profiling, the authoritarian streak, the robust defense of easily refutable lies – all are part of the repertoire of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.

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Thurston County coroner offers thoughts on local suicide rate rise

During a Dec. 1 interview, Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock noted that he has seen a doubling of the county suicide rate in recent years.
Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com
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Thurston County coroner offers thoughts on local suicide rate rise

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