Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Girls in Thurston County deserve praise, support

September is here, which is always a special time of year, full of heightened emotions about the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. As my kids are both of pre-school age, I’m not yet in back-to-school mode as a parent; however, I am gearing up for the frenzy of out-of-school-time programs we deliver at the YWCA, plus an avalanche of fundraising events.

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A Roman realization: One bad candidate can’t kill democracy

When Gary Johnson had his Aleppo moment a week ago, I was among those who could not believe his absolute incompetence. I understand that Libertarians generally take an isolationist position when it comes to foreign affairs (and now all the offended Libertarians are going to flood my inbox with insulting comments along the lines of, “Aleppo this, you harridan”), but it was incredibly troubling to see someone who thinks he is fit to lead this country show such a lack of interest and inquisitiveness.

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Trump’s Deportation Nation on any given Wednesday

Those talking points ultimately don’t matter – a President Trump wouldn’t have the resources to deport 11 million people. He has no workable plan to seal the border, build a wall or repair the economy once he destroys it by devastating the immigrant workforce. He would, however, be able to make millions of immigrants miserable, and break up their families, and damage the country.

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Postal Service messes up on new apple stamp

One, the stamp honors an obscure, mostly East Coast variety that is not seen much in Washington, which by far produces more apples than any other state in the country; the Yakima Valley, of course, is the epicenter of the state’s industry. Two, it’s a 1-cent stamp, which hardly seems respectful for a fruit that over more than two centuries has come to symbolize Americana.

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FAA must stay nimble as it regulates drones

FAA rules phased in this week allow companies to fly small drones — weighing less than 55 pounds — without a special waiver from the agency. Instead, commercial drone pilots will have to be certified by taking a written test, and those pilots will have to keep their devices below 400 feet and always within sight.

Videos

Husky Stadium comes alive as kickoff nears

Scenes from the tailgating party outside of Washington's game against Stanford.
Joshua Bessex joshua.bessex@gateline.com
Husky Stadium comes alive as kickoff nears 1:03

Husky Stadium comes alive as kickoff nears

Pete Carroll getting ready for the Jets 3:00

Pete Carroll getting ready for the Jets

Kratom users stock up over worries on DEA decision 1:44

Kratom users stock up over worries on DEA decision

'Spider-Craig' and friends rappel down Hotel Murano 2:03

'Spider-Craig' and friends rappel down Hotel Murano