Op-Ed

Op-Ed

Protecting environment doesn’t have to be partisan

An acquaintance recently observed that my conservative friends often tout past environmental achievements, but these days, they have done very little. I admit his “yeah, but what have you done lately” comment stung a bit. It contains some truth.

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Running for office: Why not you?

The heightened political awareness across the country is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Regardless of where you sit on the political fence, one thing is certain: this year’s local elections are a great opportunity for you to make a difference in Thurston County.

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Washington champion for protecting kids online

Kids and teens today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities, and yet they face potential pitfalls, too. Meanwhile, schools are dealing with the associated ramifications — such as cyberbullying, digital cheating, and safety and security concerns. These issues underscore the need for students to learn — and for teachers to teach — digital literacy and citizenship skills.

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We’re not ready for the aging

Whether we like it or not, it’s going to happen to all of us — and few are thinking about it or planning for it. We will all age. And at some point, 70 percent of us will need help with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and transportation.

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Carbon Fee and Dividend addresses climate change

Climate change is causing major disruptions in our environment — we daily read about record-high temperatures, destructive storms, unprecedented floods and droughts, and ocean acidification. Downtown Olympia is vulnerable to sea-level rise, while many areas of our state are already being devastated by wildfires. NOAA confirms that 2016 was the third year in a row of record-setting global temperatures. Climate change will lead to even more severe impacts if we fail to act.

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REI: a corporation with a conscience

We know from an infamous Supreme Court ruling that corporations are people. They may be heartless, like the pharmaceutical company that jacks up the price of a lifesaving drug. Or clueless, like Pepsi with its latest ad solving racism by having a fashion model give a can of colored sugar water to a cop.

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Finally, here’s the adult supervision that Trump so badly needs

President Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared at a CEO town hall. He was among New York friends, with many rich developers in attendance. He was unusually relaxed and coherent, largely because he was talking about something he actually understood — building permits and regulations. He told the crowd that “getting a building approved in New York is a horrible, horrible thing. And that’s nothing compared to when you get into the highways and the dams.”

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A millennial struggle: Getting hired

Like many millennials, I went through school with rose-colored glasses. I was told anything was possible once I got my degree. “The sky’s the limit!” they would say. And like a growing portion of millennials, I graduated with a bachelor’s and moved back in with my parents. All along the way thinking, “it’s only temporary - I have my degree! I can get ANY JOB I WANT!” It’s been over a year since I’ve graduated and I still have yet to receive that golden ticket to a life I thought I deserved.

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Time is now for preschool for all

A major issue in public education today is closing the achievement gap so that all kids are college, career and life ready. This goal requires high quality early education for every child. Research repeatedly confirms that students who attend a high quality preschool perform far better than those who do not.

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Social equality: Senior rights are civil rights

“Senior rights are civil rights. We’re not just talking about social service accommodations; today’s older Americans want social equality.” The late Dennis Mahar (1952-2016) was always great for quotes, and this was the best one I got from him during research for my master’s degree. And he would know — Mahar spent 35 years in public service, many of them as the executive director of the Area Agency on Aging.

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A loss, but maybe also a gain, for transgender movement

Now that the Trump administration has reversed the Department of Education policy on transgender bathroom use, the Supreme Court will probably dismiss the case it’s hearing on the matter rather than issue a decision. But even if that happens — and it isn’t 100 percent certain — the result may be better for transgender-rights advocates than judgment on the merits would have been.

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Wake up, America: You elected an entrepreneur

After listening to the entirety of President Donald Trump’s recent press conference and then reviewing the coverage of it, it’s obvious the media doesn’t understand and cannot accurately interpret his style and approach. Put simply, most people don’t understand how entrepreneurs think.

Videos

TNT's Gregg Bell, Dave Boling on Seahawks missing out on top UW Huskies DBs

Reporter Gregg Bell and columnist Dave Boling look at the Seahawks' draft choices so far and how the team lost out on some UW stars.
Gregg Bell gbell@thenewstribune.com
TNT's Gregg Bell, Dave Boling on Seahawks missing out on top UW Huskies DBs 2:46

TNT's Gregg Bell, Dave Boling on Seahawks missing out on top UW Huskies DBs

John Schneider on Seahawks third-round pick Amara Darboh 1:52

John Schneider on Seahawks third-round pick Amara Darboh

John Schneider, Pete Carroll on where Malik McDowell will play, why so many trades down 2:14

John Schneider, Pete Carroll on where Malik McDowell will play, why so many trades down

Carroll, Schneider on Seahawks' 2nd-round pick Ethan Pocic: 1:41

Carroll, Schneider on Seahawks' 2nd-round pick Ethan Pocic: "2 1/2 players in 1 guy"