Editorials

Editorials

Judge wise to block city income tax proposal

An income tax may ultimately be appropriate for Washington state government financing, including higher education. But asking Olympia taxpayers to approve such a tax to pay for local high school graduates’ college tuition was inappropriate for a city initiative.

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Thankfully Sheriff Snaza is pulling through

Get well, John. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office released excellent news Monday on Sheriff John Snaza. The 51-year-old lawman awakened from a medically induced coma and was recovering from critical injuries he suffered last week in a motorcycle wreck in Montana.

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Hating on Israel is chic right now

Many Jews who will use this as an excuse to reject Black Lives Matter aren’t too interested in African-American issues, anyway. Despite our history of social action – including vocal participation in the civil rights movement – Jews have become increasingly detached from the needs of oppressed people, of all races.

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UW let cloud form over hiring of president

The University of Washington appeared to make a good choice in hiring of Ana Mari Cauce as president last year. Too bad the UW’s Board of Regents didn’t carry out the hiring using a more open, clearly transparent process.

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Why texting and walking don’t mix

This summer, city sidewalks are clotted with people gazing in store windows, dodging bikers and skateboarders, and … bumping into each other. Or colliding with lampposts. Or tripping over curbs. Or wandering into crosswalks against the light. Or, in one case we witnessed, stumbling over a startled beagle’s rump, mid-tail-wag.

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Wake up, Congress! Zika is health threat

How far will the Zika virus have to spread before Congress goes back to work and takes action? Florida Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Friday that the virus is now being spread in Miami Beach, which should be a wake-up call for Washington, D.C.

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A story behind Aetna ditching Obamacare

On Aug. 15, one of the nation’s largest insurers released a statement announcing its intention to stop offering individual coverage in most Obamacare markets. Aetna’s announcement, just six paragraphs long, explained that it had lost more than $430 million on the public exchanges since 2014, thanks largely to too many high-cost (read: sick) enrollees.

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Obamacare on the brink?

President Barack Obama’s signature law has so destabilized the individual market for insurance that three large companies have announced they are better off not participating in the exchanges.

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I've always voted Republican. Until now.

The compelling rationale behind this decision: leadership. A good leader must demonstrate such qualities as competence, integrity, empathy, character and temperament. Hillary Clinton has these essential qualities. Donald Trump does not.

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Columbia River Treaty deserves attention

Last week, all members of the Washington and Oregon congressional delegations signed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry noting that, “Treaty modernization and negotiations with Canada directly affect the economy, environment and flood-control needs of communities we represent.”

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Hillary is the perfect Republican nominee

They already have a 1-percenter who will be totally fine in the Oval Office, someone they can trust to help Wall Street, boost the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, cuddle with hedge funds, secure the trade deals beloved by corporate America, seek guidance from Henry Kissinger and hawk it up – unleashing hell on Syria and heaven knows where else.

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Clinton, Kaine, Pence releasing tax returns — why not Trump?

Donald Trump's Wednesday staff shake-up suggests the billionaire candidate will double down on the ugliness that helped him win the primaries. If so, it will sharpen the dilemma for Republicans who have hitched their fortunes to the Trump campaign — beginning with his more conventional running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

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Final Five are not ‘sweethearts’

I love that the Final Five grace the cover of People magazine this week. But I think “America’s Champions” or “America’s Pride” or “America’s Fiercest” would have been a touch less condescending.

Videos

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