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The state Senate stripped Gov. Jay Inslee’s Climate Action bill of any reference linking climate change to greenhouse gas emissions, but new data released this week from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography show once again how people are influencing the Earth’s atmosphere.
The recent tragic circumstances regarding a mental health counselor should not overshadow the work that mental health organizations do for those suffering with a very debilitating disorder. We live in an age where those with mental illness are isolated and vilified. Even the very definition of mental illness is skewed daily in the public eye.
Here is the information about a recent press release from Ecology (state Department of Ecology News Release 13-122, May 7, 2013, ecy.wa.gov). Every year this group goes to Eastern Washington to train. Most of the spill responders reside in Western Washington.
Is it coincidence or providence that former state Auditor Brian Sonntag warned incoming Gov. Jay Inslee about outdated technology shortly before the state Administrative Office of the Courts discovered that computer hackers had accessed up to 160,000 Social Security numbers and 1 million driver’s license numbers?
Federal lawmakers from both political parties have criticized the sequestration spending cuts because, for one reason, they apply to the Department of Defense. Talk about trimming defense spending makes politicians nervous, and not necessarily because of national security concerns.
Imagine a world without giant gorillas floating above car dealerships or a Goodyear blimp to provide peculiar views of football stadiums and their surrounding parking lots? Imagine a birthday party without balloons?
The Olympian says Clark County is “Looking more like a banana republic than a progressive metropolitan county.” I agree with the sentiment. But Clark County is a banana republic because we elect banana Republicans.
I want to know how we got to the point at which being on the “Do Not Call List” has been redefined to mean “Annoy Me All Day With Your Harrasing Calls.”
Calling Thurston County armchair critics of local government: It’s time to prove you aren’t all talk.
So state Sen. Rodney Tom and others think schools would be improved by assigning them letter grades based on test scores and graduation rates. What a wonderful, simple idea.