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  • OPINION COLUMNS

    Have the long-term unemployed become dispensable?

    My daughter recently reentered the job market after tottering on the divide between the currently unemployed and the long-term unemployed. We both breathed a long sigh of relief following an extended and somewhat frightening wait that seemed to carry my daughter further away from that brass ring ...

  • REGIONAL VOICES

    Flight MH17 and the role of Ukraine’s rebels

    There is one important reason Ukrainian authorities are so sure that pro-Russian rebels shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet: An account on the Russian social network Vkontakte, in which insurgent military leader Igor Girkin, aka Strelkov, boasted about the rebels shooting down a plane at about the ...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Change schedules to use schools more efficiently

    I’m again reading about the need for smaller classrooms. The schools sit empty for half the day. They could be open 12 hours with two sets of teaching staff, bus drivers, etc. There are morning people and afternoon people. By using the facilities we have to the fullest we could employ more...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    City’s parking policies damage our downtown

    I've been a downtown Olympia worker for almost 20 years and over that time I've seen a lot happen in the downtown core but most of what I see downtown is a new business mortality rate of nearly 100 percent.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Show a little respect for our elected president

    Long ago, the U.S. adopted a system of majority rule for candidates seeking political positions. In 2008, and again in 2012, Barack Obama sought the office and won. We live under this system, a system we all accepted as good and proper “back when.”

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Women take dining to internationnal level

    I read with interest John Dodge’s article about the Soup Sisters that raise funds for local charities. I am the Olympia chapter leader for Dining for Women which takes the same idea to an International level. There are over 400 DFW chapters across the USA. Our Olympia chapter formed in 2009...

  • NATIONAL COLUMNS

    A moment of great moral clarity in Gaza

    Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

  • EDITORIALS

    McMorris Rodgers: Outlier on Export-Import Bank

    Labor and industry have set aside their differences to urge Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank before its charter expires on Sept. 20, as they have done for 80 years. The bank is so important to the U.S. economy that 41 U.S. House Republicans signed a letter of support for reauthorization...

  • REGIONAL VOICES

    Republicans gut D.C. gun laws to curry favor back at home

    House Republicans who profess an allegiance to local democracy outdid themselves in the hypocrisy department last week as they trampled on the District of Columbia’s right to home rule. Not content with measures that restrict the District from using its locally raised tax dollars for abortions...

  • OPINION COLUMNS

    State Board of Education deserves our thanks

    Last week our State Board of Education stood strong for students – all our students – when they voted to approve rules guiding rigorous new high school graduation requirements. This important law ensures that each of our state’s students will graduate high school, beginning ...

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