Op-Ed

Op-Ed

City livability is linked to higher urban density

Say the word “density” in a crowded room and you are likely to get a mixed bag of responses. Density isn’t typically an endearing term, especially if it means drastic changes to your neighborhood. But I believe it is time we start to rethink our relationship with urban land-use density.

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Approaching growth in Olympia with optimism

The need for basic affordable shelter continues to increase as Olympia grows, and if plans are not put into place to accommodate the population increase, people will be priced out of buying or even renting in the greater Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater region. The growth already has begun, but there is still time for the regulations to transform in order to keep up.

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A ‘sustainable’ Thurston County needs wise use of land

The Sustainable Thurston Plan was the most inclusive, data intensive study and community conversation ever undertaken in this region. A major finding was that where and how we build as we grow will determine how well — or if — we will achieve the clean water, air and sustainability that residents said was critical to them.

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Why clinics offering stem cell therapies need a caution sign

A staggering 54 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Millions more have muscle, tendon or ligament injuries. Short of surgery, physicians usually focus on controlling pain and inflammation, which doesn’t always resolve these problems. Often patients simply stop doing activities they previously enjoyed.

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Amazon’s good LGBTQ record should extend to other states

In this current age of corporate activism, global retail giant Amazon has been on the front lines for equality in Washington state, leveraging the company’s wealth and influence to drive historic social change. But the tech leader has been missing in action in other states where discrimination against the LGBTQ community persists.

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Benefits of clean energy economy are bipartisan

With the legislative session in full swing, there is much talk about how the Democratic Party now holds a majority in both chambers. But in the midst of the political play-by-play, it’s easy to lose sight of the things we agree on across party lines.

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Federal tax cuts make state tax reform urgent

Up to its final moments, 2017 bore an astonishing number of changes. Federal GOP leaders passed a tax bill that gives big corporations, millionaires, and billionaires a lot to celebrate — a massive injection of wealth at the expense of the rest of us.

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Elder Orphans – the growing number of people who age alone

With luck and good genetics, you might be able to live on your own terms till the end of your days. But chances are, if you live long enough, you’ll eventually need help with things like cooking, cleaning and personal care. And independence becomes harder given the growing number of people who are aging as “elder orphans”.

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State Supreme Court ignores K-12 equity issues

The state Supreme Court ruled Nov. 15 that the Washington Legislature is still out of compliance with constitutional “ample provisions” requirements litigated in the McCleary court case. Justices in effect are demanding $1 billion more be added to state education funding.

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Arbitrary and capricious: Rule of law binds agencies

After five years and thousands of hours of public testimony, it took a Cowlitz County judge just five seconds to say what many of us have long suspected: some state regulators are out of control, and important parts of the state regulatory process are now tools of activist groups.

Op-Ed

Love of the flag is stronger than the love of the NFL

Football brings millions of Americans together each week. We support, we cheer, we exult their wins and despair their losses and injuries. As Americans, we are all together once a week with our teams, as a team. That is, until recently. You can say what you want here in the Land of the Free, but don’t disrespect our flag. Because Americans will not tolerate it. And you will lose your fans; we are Americans first, football fans next.

Capitol Lake swimmer rescued by Olympia Fire rescue boat

A man attempting to flee Olympia police stripped off his pants and jumped into Capitol Lake at Heritage Park, swimming about 200 yards into the lake before being pulled to safety by Olympia Fire & Rescue team.
Tony Overman