Editorials

Editorials

Cracking down on gun shop lies

On Sunday, the state of Washington begins taking the threat of gun violence more seriously. July 23 is when gun dealers in the state will be required to notify law enforcement when someone who is not legally allowed to buy a firearm tries to do so.

Editorials

States can fuel solar market

Almost overnight, it seems, the decade-long expansion of rooftop solar in the U.S. has come to an end. Installations are set to fall by 2 percent this year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Partly to blame is a widening campaign to end a key customer incentive, homeowners’ ability to sell their extra energy back to the grid at retail prices.

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Russia saga reveals Trump’s fear of facts

Perhaps the most memorable scene from the film “Bridge on the River Kwai” depicts a British colonel played by Alec Guinness suddenly realizing the depth of his collaboration with the Japanese captors he helped build the bridge. “What have I done?” he gasps after defending the bridge from Allied saboteurs he should be helping.

Editorials

A dispiriting message for transgender troops

Last June, the Obama administration took a major step toward affording transgender service members the respect they deserve. After a year-long review, the Pentagon repealed its ban on transgender people openly serving in the military and planned to begin processing transgender recruits this July. But a day before the new rule was to come into effect, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced a six-month delay pending further review. This sends a dispiriting message to the estimated 12,800 transgender personnel who currently serve the country.

Editorials

Trump stalls an engine for new businesses

In President Donald Trump's latest effort to wall the U.S. off from the rest of the world, his administration has ditched a plan to make it easier for successful foreign entrepreneurs to come and work in America. The decision may play well with the president's nationalist base, but it will not help the U.S. economy.

Editorials

Putin poses test for Trump

While Trump has dismissed allegations of Russian meddling — or embraced them in the name of political expediency — the assertions have diminished his power and effectiveness.

Videos

Out of the dance studio and into the water

Performers with the Radco dance troupe rehearse for their July 29 performance at the Heritage Park Fountain.
Tony Overman toverman@theolympian.com
Out of the dance studio and into the water 1:12

Out of the dance studio and into the water

Olympia's homeless talk about life on the streets. 2:11

Olympia's homeless talk about life on the streets.

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He's got Rainiers gear for every occasion

Rainiers red caps a major hit in the minor leagues 1:21

Rainiers red caps a major hit in the minor leagues