Archive by category ''Opinion


    Let’s remove barriers to community gardens

    I am writing in response to the article titled “New community garden in Olympia provides therapeutic value for veterans,” published on The Olympian website on Jan. 19. I am a community member of the Olympia westside neighborhood, and would like to express my wish for a push in building...


    Republicans giving Obama taste of own veto medicine

    A funny thing happened on the way to President Barack Obama’s nirvana of one-man rule. Just as he was trying to build some momentum behind his executive orders while taunting Congress with an onslaught of veto threats, House Speaker John Boehner, Republican of Ohio, gave the president a reality...


    We could have predicted Cake Wars II

    We should have seen this one coming. This is America, after all, a country having no shortage of people with, apparently, too much time on their hands. So someone should have predicted Cake Wars II.


    Office of Homeless Youth can fill gap

    In a state where more than 30,000 children and youths find themselves homeless, authorities hoping to get them reconnected to school are always fighting an uphill battle. Advocates say it makes sense to create a new state Office of Homeless Youth Programs.


    Sorting out U.S. visas for crime victims

    As a society, we want people to report crimes and help bring criminals to justice. Without the cooperation of victims, the criminal justice system doesn’t work very well. One particular problem for police and prosecutors is that people living in the country illegally are often hesitant to...


    Beverage containers need a deposit fee to cut litter

    There is small park with a pond a couple blocks from our house in Lacey where people go to watch and feed the ducks. When I go there I bring some bags so I can pick up the discarded beverage containers. One day I collected 34 aluminum cans. Pioneer Park in Tumwater is another place to enjoy a walk...


    Support regional assets with shared funding

    Percival Landing needs $7,000,000 of repair work. At one time or another we have all walked on Percival Landing and enjoyed our friends, the weather, the view, the cry of the gulls,the smell of saltwater. Percival Landing is a region asset that we all enjoy. The Regional Athletic Center is a regional...


    Our state’s tax burden falls heavier on the poor

    While reading CNN Money on Jan. 16 I noticed this article: “States where taxes hit the poor hardest.” Washington was at the top of the list. It was noted residents of Washington who make the least amount of money pay about 17 percent of their income in state and local taxes, according...


    Impact investing: New way to leave a mark

    The big debate during the 20th century was about the relationship between the market and the state. Both those institutions are now tarnished. The market is prone to devastating crashes and seems to be producing widening inequality. Government is gridlocked, sclerotic or captured by special interests...


    Texting ban for drivers needs update

    Washington broke ground nationally in 2007 with a law banning drivers from the practice of texting while operating a motor vehicle. Eight years later, 44 states and four U.S. territories have banned texting for drivers. With fast advances occurring in technology it already is time to consider updating...

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