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    Whose job it is to raise religious conflict issue?

    The federal Civil Rights Act bans discrimination in employment on the basis of religion, but it does more than that: Under the law, a company must accommodate the religious practices of workers unless doing so imposes an undue hardship on the conduct of its business. This week, the Supreme Court...


    Tuition freeze devalues GET program credits

    I just received the annual report on the GET Program. It is full of information about how financially stable the fund is, and that income is 106 percent of payouts! That sounds great! Unless you’re one of those receiving payouts.


    Reproductive Health Act needed to ensure choices

    I strongly encourage you to support the Reproductive Health Act because it will positively affect families and individuals throughout Washington by providing common sense solutions. Today, women in Washington lack access to reliable, affordable, or consistent birth control that works for them.


    Richland florist got raw deal from state AG

    Thank you for printing the article “Florist rejects offer” in The Olympian. It is interesting that this florist seems to have no rights on how to run her business, yet the homosexual couple have all of the rights they want to do business with whomever they want. The attorney general...


    Early learning is wise use of taxpayer money

    A Feb. 21 letter to the editor by Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil talks about two long-term studies showing how early childhood education affects at-risk kids. The children receiving high quality preschool educations were much more successful in school, more likely to graduate from high school, attend...


    Nemstov murder confirms Russia ‘sinking into lies’

    Boris Nemtsov was a courageous Russian politician who never gave up on the dream that the country could make the transition from dictatorship to liberal democracy. Once an elected governor and a deputy prime minister in the government of Boris Yeltsin, he stubbornly continued to speak out and organize...


    History undercuts Obama assumptions on Iran

    Over the past centuries, Western diplomats have continually projected pragmatism onto their ideological opponents. They have often assumed that our enemies are driven by the same sort of national interest calculations that motivate most regimes. They have assumed that economic interests would trump...


    Birth of orca offers some hope

    Marine mammal scientists conducting research off the coast of Washington last week spotted a baby orca, the third birth this winter for the three killer whale pods that comprise the Puget Sound endangered population.


    Preparing for tsunamis is important business

    A bill that would strengthen tsunami warning systems along the Pacific Northwest coast cleared the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee last week with bipartisan support. It deserves congressional approval and should be signed into law.


    Thurston Thrives strives for public health

    Thurston County is fortunate to have a dedicated group of leaders from the public, private and non-profit sector willing to take on the daunting task of improving community and individual health in the broadest sense of the term. A healthy community also provides a roof over everyone’s head...

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