Editorials

Editorials

A better way for Bill Gates to fix schools

Bill Gates has been one of the world’s richest people for decades. To build a legacy beyond Microsoft — and to build a better world — in 2000 he and his wife launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent billions of dollars on numerous good causes.

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‘Tax reform’ is more than a tax cut

If the super-rich feel a bit bullish and middle-income breadwinners feel leery, it’s no wonder. Early versions of congressional Republicans’ “reform” plans are scented with greed. They hit some middle-class taxpayers and allow massive new deficit spending.

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Military needs to help gun control

America’s extraordinary gun violence is enabled by a lack of both laws and responsibility. In a small but significant way, bipartisan legislation proposed by Sens. Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich seeks to address both failings.

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Legislature lax on sexual harassment

Stories of sexual harassment at the Washington state Capitol are coming out of the shadows. In the last week, several news stories were published about lawmakers’ sexual actions toward other legislators, staff or lobbyists that long had been kept hidden — by victims and friends of the suspects.

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Manafort charges shed bad light on Trump

President Donald Trump is right: Most of the accusations against Paul Manafort in the indictment that Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought Monday morning relate to activities from long before he became the Trump campaign manager in the spring of 2016. The word “Trump” doesn’t appear anywhere in the 31-page document, and the only Russian influence it mentions relates to politics in Ukraine, not the United States.

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For Olympia council — Gilman, Roe and Cooper

Olympia faces many challenges, especially in downtown areas that have been adding new housing and residents. How our capital city takes its next steps to foster a thriving commercial hub is just one of many issues in this year’s election for four City Council seats.

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