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Fixes to juvenile justice must be done carefully

An effort to reauthorize the more than 40-year-old Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act is making its way through Congress, and if approved, one particular piece of it would affect Washington more than any other state.

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Why labor is backing expansion of Washington trade terminals

Washington state is at an economic crossroads. With more than 94,000 new jobs created over the last year and unemployment holding around 6 six percent, it is imperative we keep this positive momentum going. As a proud leader of the Washington State Building Trades Council, I was pleased our statewide representatives passed a resolution supporting the Gateway Pacific Terminal expansion project (GPT) at our state convention.

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What’s so special about fast-food workers?

Most people would probably agree that low-wage workers, like those working at retail stores and fast-food restaurants, aren’t being paid enough to make a living – at least to American standards. From there, there’s not much agreement. Should you even make a living wage while working at McDonald’s or Wal-Mart, or should such a low-skill job be reserved for high school kids looking to earn a few dollars?

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False choice pitting gay rights, religious rights

Some members of Congress are rushing to enact legislation to deal with a supposed threat to religious liberty posed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex civil marriage. But the grandiosely titled First Amendment Defense Act is unnecessary and could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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All of us can act locally to affect global warming

There is a well-known Calvin and Hobbes comic strip that shows Calvin looking up at the stars yelling “I’m significant!” He looks small relative to the starry sky in each frame, until the final frame, when he dejectedly adds, “Screams the dust speck.” It is all too easy to feel like a speck of dust when confronted with the universe of environmental issues facing our planet, none bigger than global warming.

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