SafePlace, the 39-year-old Olympia program that runs a shelter for women, finally has moved into a new — and much larger — home that improves its capacity to provide other services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
It was a long haul to raise funds, and (hint, hint) SafePlace still needs about $220,000 to finish its $2.1 million project. The new site at 521 Legion Way has meeting room space and other amenities.
BOO: VACCINATION BILL DIES
A bill backed by the medical establishment and supported by the governor would have ended a philosophical exemption allowing parents to opt their children out of vaccinations needed to protect the greater community. House Bill 2009 died at Wednesday’s bill cutoff. Dr. Brian Seppi, president of the Washington State Medical Association, said our state has relatively low vaccination rates and that the failed bill means many communities “remain at risk of outbreaks.”
YAY: CARBON TEACH-IN
The League of Women Voters of Thurston County plans a public program later this month to explain the difference between a carbon tax and a cap-and-trade program, which Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed to create incentives for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Former Gov. Chris Gregoire and environmental lawyer Jay Manning are scheduled to speak at the 6 p.m. event March 26 at Traditions Café in Olympia.
BOO: CLIMATE DENIERS
It took two tries, but the state Senate finally embraced a statement acknowledging that humans may contribute to global warming last week. Only one Republican (Sen. Steve Litzow of Mercer Island) was willing to vote for a bill amendment stating that “human activity significantly contributes to climate change.” A follow-up amendment — which stated “human activity may contribute” to it — passed. Science is clear about human impacts; too bad the Senate is not.
YAY: OGLES’ CHARITY
Phil and Amber Ogle and their five children put time and money where their really big hearts are. This unusual family, which lives at Lake St. Clair near Yelm, has a tradition of giving that sets a standard most others would struggle to match. Whether bringing meals to a shelter housed in Olympia’s First Christian Church, sponsoring a golf tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or creating a birthday closet at a local family shelter that ensures each child there gets a toy, this is a family of active givers.
BOO: IRAN LETTER
Forty-seven U.S. Senate Republicans signed a letter to Iranian leaders that was aimed at undermining a nuclear deal being negotiated between Iran and the U.S., Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany. They warned that any deal could be null and void once President Barack Obama leaves office. In a stunningly arrogant attempt to provide Iranians with a tutorial on American constitutional law, they wrote that Obama would leave office in January 2017 – but that most of them would still be in office, perhaps for decades. We’re not sure who should dread that the most.