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A better way for Bill Gates to fix schools

Bill Gates has been one of the world’s richest people for decades. To build a legacy beyond Microsoft — and to build a better world — in 2000 he and his wife launched the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent billions of dollars on numerous good causes.

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Hanford and Yucca Mountain – an environmental imperative or status quo?

A few months back, I penned a column citing several initiatives that I believe deserve consensus support among fellow environmentalists. These Northwest centric initiatives feature enhanced reforestation, water infrastructure modernization, cleaner fuel options for ocean going vessels, elimination of raw sewage disposal in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, and last but not least the cleanup and permanent storage of Hanford nuclear waste. I offered that significant progress could be made to strengthen our biosphere irrespective of identity politics surrounding climate change. In other words, immediate attention to consensus-based regional priorities rather than continued divisive and seemingly endless debate.

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Black-white wage gap is unexplained – and scary

There are few economic problems more frustrating than the stubborn gaps in wages and unemployment rates between blacks and whites. Despite decades of trying to reduce or eliminate these gaps, black workers continue to experience higher unemployment rates and lower wages than whites. That’s true even after correcting for age, education and occupational differences. This is not a formula for racial harmony.

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The middle-class comeback is real

In June, Gallup found that 62 percent put themselves in the broadly defined middle class, while only 36 percent classified themselves as working class or lower class. The shifts, said Gallup, began in 2016 and demonstrated “that subjective social class identification has stabilized close to the prevailing pattern observed before 2009.”

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The message in the storm

Storms of the Harvey variety will become not one-in-1,000-year events but one-in-100. The least we can do is exercise our free will to mitigate the effects of human activities on global warming to the extent possible.

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