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  • NATIONAL COLUMNS

    Living in a golden age, without leadership

    The scope of the problems we face are way below historic averages. We face nothing like the slavery fights of the 1860s, the brutality of child labor and industrialization of the 1880s, or a civilization-threatening crisis like World War I, the Great Depression, World War II or the Cold War. Even...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Prefer the inexperienced to someone who has failed

    It was not surprising to see The Olympian editorial board recommend Commissioner Valenzuela for re-election. After all, they state that she is “high handed,” that she also wants a business to “close down and move away” because she doesn’t like where the business...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Vote for independents, not quarreling partisans

    As a senior citizen and lifetime resident of Thurston County, I consider myself to be a conservative independent. I am pleased to see that we have local candidates who have chosen to run for office as independents. I intend to support them.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Church members culpable in Planned Parenthood act

    Let the truth be told. If you attend St. Michael’s Parish, then you are indeed supporting the social ministries project taking place right now outside Planned Parenthood. Please tell your fellow members to take their judgments, their offensive signs and their stigmatizing comments elsewhere...

  • REGIONAL VOICES

    Tobacco industry slayer sues FCC for NFL name change

    John Banzhaf III, a George Washington University law professor, played a leading role in pushing cigarette advertising off television and radio in 1970. Improved safety standards for school buses. Blocked dry cleaners from charging women more than men for laundering their shirts.

  • EDITORIALS

    Public, private partnership provides housing

    Homes First, a non-profit that buys and rehabilitates houses for use as rentals to low income families, recovery programs and people with disabilities turned out 250 people for its first-ever community fundraising event. One of the successes they celebrated was the donation by Wells Fargo Bank of...

  • REGIONAL VOICES

    Student paper takes stand,and sanctioned as a result

    The students who edit the newspaper at Neshaminy High School think the nickname of their Pennsylvania school’s sports teams is racist. They banned its use on their pages, a stance in keeping with that taken on the national scene by those (including us) who object to Washington’s identically...

  • OPINION COLUMNS

    These questions are made for walking

    “Solvitur ambulando,” said Diogenes the Cynic. “It is solved by walking.” This is the same Diogenes who went about ancient Athens at mid-day, carrying a lighted lamp, “looking for an honest man”—apparently as rare a specimen 2,500 years ago as it ...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Recycle denial could land county in another lawsuit

    The Olympian never ceases to amaze me concerning its candidate endorsements. This time for County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela, even though they point out some serious decision-making flaws in her judgments as well as the often perceived lack of connection and high-handedness in dealing with constituents...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Valenzuela court record shows she hasn’t a clue

    I am shocked that The Olympian would give Karen Valenzuela any kind of support for re-election. You only have to read her own testimony in Seattle Superior Court to realize by her own admission that she doesn’t have a clue about performing the duties of a County Commissioner.

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