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  • NATIONAL COLUMNS

    America desparately needs politics of repair

    The just-ending 113th Congress was not, by most measures, productive. But its endgame was at least instructive. As a trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill trundled into law, the populist wings of both political parties declared themselves both revolted and in revolt.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Olympia enforces law on protests unequally

    Arbitrary and unequal enforcement of law is a problem in many communities, and Olympia is no exception. If you doubt this, get a few of your friends to stand with you in the middle of an intersection to block motorists from going about their business and see how long it takes for an officer to arrive...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Clean the lake water and stop the fussing

    I would like to offer an observation about human nature. It goes like this: The things that people argue hardest about are the things that are the hardest to prove.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Peaceful protests are OK, but selective ones are not

    On Dec. 5, protestors in downtown Olympia protested recent killings of blacks by white police officers. Protests for causes are to be honored, as long as they remain peaceful and respectful of others. Violent and destructive protests such as in Missouri are dishonorable. Deliberately provocative...

  • REGIONAL VOICES

    Remote testimony would benefit state’s remote areas

    Olympia is the center of our state’s political universe, but it’s hardly the center of our state geographically. A private citizen who takes part in legislative business, such as testifying on a bill or watching the Legislature in session, has to find a way across the mountains and...

  • EDITORIALS

    Congress should embrace one-topic bills

    The state of Washington has a sensible law that limits every bill passed by the Legislature and citizen’s initiatives to a single topic. That the federal government has no such rule was prominently on display when Congress passed a giant bill to maintain funding into next year.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    A simple, 8-point plan to fix our infrastructure

    Congress continues to wring its hands (and ignore) our crumbling infrastructure. Roads, bridges, sewer, water, etc. are falling apart all over the country. But almost nothing is being done to address the problem, citing budgetary concerns.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    Israel must stand firm to survive and stay safe

    Israel’s leaders have a tough mission to see that Israel survives. To do this they must remain strong in face of an Arab world that wants to destroy them. They would like to let the Palestinians come across the border to work, play and visit. An open border would benefit both sides. With ...

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    The United States is not a terrorist nation

    I can tolerate most of the “Why I hate America” letters The Olympian likes to publish but David Albert’s letter on Dec. 4 sent me through the roof. While I am generally not a love-it-or-leave-it guy, I would assume Albert will be moving away soon as nobody wants to live in a...

  • NATIONAL COLUMNS

    The ugly spending bill looks like compromise

    The trillion-dollar spending bill that the House of Representatives passed last week had something for everyone to hate. But it was still a step, however awkward, toward making the United States governable again.

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