Op-Ed

Op-Ed

Facts, history support lake option for downtown

There is much debate regarding the destiny of Capitol Lake and the desire of many to remove the Fifth Avenue Tide Gate that creates Capitol Lake, and turn the waterway back to its former estuarial condition. As a longtime Olympia resident, I have watched as studies have been completed, reports developed, community formats convened, suggestions proposed and the compilation of studies sent to the Legislature for further analysis and recommendation. It seems to go on and on and with solid proposals on both sides of the issue. In the end, I love the lake, the “reflection pool” of our beautiful capitol building, but I also know there exist environmental issues that we as stewards of the land are charged with protecting. But in the end, are we being provided all of the correct information; I have read many articles and I have not been convinced.

Op-Ed

Governing requires a majority to act as one

A simple but significant question that prevented a budget agreement during the Legislature’s 105-day regular session remains in the overtime that began April 24: No one really knows where the House of Representatives stands on raising taxes.

Op-Ed

Jury duty: It’s not as bad as you probably think

This past month, I was summoned by the Thurston County Superior Court for jury duty. I am the type of person that is excited about jury duty. Not only am I a stickler for equality, but I’m also an enthusiastic fan of due process—and quite frankly, most (if not everyone) should be. My background in being an active participant in Mock Trial at both the high school and college levels may have influenced my attitude; this was something I have waited to do for the past five years.

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Community colleges poised to fill job gaps

In the next five years, there will be 740,000 job openings in Washington and more than half will require a college certificate or degree. These are good-paying, career-length jobs that need a mid-level of education — more than a high school diploma, but less than a bachelor's degree.

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Empathy enables many paths to a solution

Over the years, I have learned that empathy is an advantage. Many people have sympathy, feeling sorry for another’s misfortune. It seems empathy, putting oneself in another’s shoes, is rarer. Empathy allows one to evaluate an issue from many points of view. Too often, especially in politics, discussion of issues devolves into us vs. them, winning vs. losing, my way or the highway. Each issue is solely viewed from the point of achieving a particular goal. Polarization and anger are rife. Discussions devolve into ad hominem shouting matches. The consequences are obvious from recent events.

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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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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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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.”

Videos

Man live streams his takedown of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument

Less than 24 hours after a monument of the Ten Commandments was installed outside the Arkansas State Capitol, it was smashed to pieces by Michael Tate Reed, who drove his car into it. Tate live streamed the incident via Facebook.
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Man live streams his takedown of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument 1:04

Man live streams his takedown of Arkansas' Ten Commandments monument

Standoff update: 1:37

Standoff update: "We're being very cautious that he might be armed."

81-year-old woman on a coffee run leads police on slow-speed chase 4:16

81-year-old woman on a coffee run leads police on slow-speed chase

Could Washington state government actually shut down? 1:26

Could Washington state government actually shut down?