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TransAlta goes further thanlaw requires for local aid

To the casual observer, it might be assumed that TransAlta was required to invest $55 million in community projects as part of its deal with the state to shut down its coal-fired operations. It’s important to be clear that’s not the case. TransAlta’s announcement of the funds Thursday morning represented the fulfillment of a promise, a rare case of a company providing far more than lip service to the idea of helping its community where it operates.

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Debate on immigration needs a bit of economic perspective

Recently, far too much attention has been paid to Donald Trump’s vile words regarding immigrants from Mexico. Neither his words nor his ignorant, self-serving perspectives on the issue deserve repeating here. Our hope, though, is the American public will pause to better understand the economics and human dimensions of immigration, rather than falling prey to Trump’s sweeping, inaccurate, and denigrating characterizations.

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Debate on immigration needs a bit of economic perspective

Recently, far too much attention has been paid to Donald Trump’s vile words regarding immigrants from Mexico. Neither his words nor his ignorant, self-serving perspectives on the issue deserve repeating here. Our hope, though, is the American public will pause to better understand the economics and human dimensions of immigration, rather than falling prey to Trump’s sweeping, inaccurate, and denigrating characterizations.

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Thurston County roads need bike-friendly fix

If only our roadways were as inviting to bicyclists and pedestrians as our climate. In my southeast Olympia neighborhood, in good weather, it’s common to see couples walking together after dinner. At other times, you will see children speeding around on their bikes and students lugging musical instruments and backpacks to and from school. Driving to work in the early morning, I see the bike commuters, often in the dark.

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Small step for Smithsonian, great leap for its fundraising

Houston, the Smithsonian has a problem – or at least it did. Its National Air and Space Museum wanted to display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit in July 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, but traditional fundraising methods had not proved adequate to support the project. In response, it launched an online campaign to crowd-fund the endeavor.

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