Opinion Columns & Blogs

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Protesters, police have rights, responsibilities

The city and Port of Olympia have experienced a surge of protests. Protests of this sort have a long history extending to pre-Revolutionary War days. The 1960s were somewhat different because the concept of “nonviolent” protest became commonplace. Nonviolent or passive resistance is rooted in the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and was effectively used by Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement. The nonviolent nature of the movement contributed to and hastened the advances in civil rights for the black minority in this country.

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Making Medicaid great

It’s time to take control of Medicaid before it takes control of us. Unless we act — and there is little evidence that we will — Medicaid increasingly becomes another mechanism by which government skews spending toward the old and away from the young. In the raging debate over the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), this is a subject that neither Republicans nor Democrats dare touch. It’s an ominous omission.

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Trump’s speech may have been coherent, but his budget is not

President Trump’s main achievement in his first address to Congress was to make the phrase “President Trump” seem more plausible to more Americans. The event had all the reassuring signs of normalcy — the familiar ovations, the teleprompter (actually being used), the policy proposals, the attempts at inspiration. International alliances were reaffirmed rather than questioned. A Gold Star family was honored instead of criticized. Trump made at least the attempt to present his nationalist, law-and-order views in the best light rather than the starkest contrast. His convictions, while still vivid, were not painted in his typical, jarring neon.

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Everyone deserves affordable healthcare

Some years ago, an anthropologist studying an American Indian community and the neighboring non-Indians noticed that each community tended to define the other, and by implication themselves, as what they were not. He called these “nondescriptions” and pointed out how they hindered real understanding.

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Who’s afraid of the ‘administrative state’?

Just what White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon meant when he recently suggested “deconstructing the administrative state” is unclear. To critics, he would gut the whole superstructure of social and environmental safeguards, starting with the Environmental Protection Agency (which, say news reports, may face a staff cut of one-fifth). But regardless of Bannon’s meaning, the relentless growth of the administrative state is a reality that we can’t escape.

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A great new accidental Renaissance

My friend Sam laughed when I told him I was going to spend my Saturday at a “Search for Meaning” festival at a Jesuit college in the heart of seriously secular Seattle. He assumed, as I did, that a bare handful of the usual search-for-meaning suspects would be straining minutiae while still clinging to the meaninglessness of it all.

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Timberline's Jaylen Taylor talks triple jump after setting meet record

Jaylen Taylor, a senior at Timberline High School, broke the meet record in the triple jump at the Kent-Meridian Invite, posting a personal-best 46 feet, 8 inches.
Lauren Smith lsmith@theolympian.com
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Timberline's Jaylen Taylor talks triple jump after setting meet record

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