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    Blundering Secret Service needs to step up its game

    Last year, the White House was breached twice. In the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” Gerard Butler faced off against Dylan McDermott and a band of Korean terrorists. In “White House Down,” Channing Tatum fought to save President Jamie Foxx from a band of mercenaries. In ...


    Valenzuela supported for County Commission

    It is my pleasure to be able to endorse Karen Valenzuela for re-election as a Thurston County commissioner. As an elected official myself, I have worked with her both as a Tumwater City Councilmember as well as a county commissioner.


    Jeb Bush’s struggle to win over conservatives

    Last week, Jeb Bush went to Greensboro, North Carolina, to stump for Thom Tillis, the state House speaker and the GOP candidate for the U.S. Senate. This wasn’t a policy seminar or think tank event, it was a party rally and Bush had one job – to give red meat and boost enthusiasm for...


    A civic-minded family trying to help downtown

    I am writing this letter enthusiastically and in strong support of the Tanasse multi-use building on State Street that has been approved by the city and is now being appealed by the Bigelow Neighborhood Association. For years we have known that Olympia is in need of a thriving downtown where people...


    Good work on rail crossing, now focus on Highway 99

    Kudos to Burlington Northern Railroad for the recent repair work that they completed on the Rich Road Railroad Crossing. I have lived in East Olympia for 55 years and this is the best and smoothest that this crossing has ever been. This repair work was done in a timely and efficient manner and actually...


    Call Congress back for war authorization

    President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate. Do your jobs, everybody.


    Kale: just another over-exposed vegetable

    Get out your party hats people, it’s National Kale Day. And since this leafy green has an enormous and fanatical fan base, don’t be surprised if your neighbors get rowdy tonight.


    Introspection time for evangelicals

    Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored...


    You aren’t a monster if you spank your children

    When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for injuring a child earlier this month, a lot of journalists explained that the lesson we should take away was not that it’s wrong to leave welts and bruises or use a switch on a child. It’s that the physical punishment...


    County is playing games by denying due process

    It seems to me that the Sept. 20 article on Lakeside Industries’ application for using recycled asphalt clearly points out that an independent environmental review is needed now. The citizens of Thurston County, including staff and Commissioners will all be better off if the County stops ...

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