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Approaching growth in Olympia with optimism

The need for basic affordable shelter continues to increase as Olympia grows, and if plans are not put into place to accommodate the population increase, people will be priced out of buying or even renting in the greater Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater region. The growth already has begun, but there is still time for the regulations to transform in order to keep up.

Editorials

Wilcox has good idea to counter farm suicides

Rep. J.T Wilcox grew up on a South Sound farm and knew all about hard work as a kid. But like many of his fellow Washington state lawmakers the Yelm-area Republican was surprised to learn that suicide rates were highest among workers in farming, fishing and forestry than any other group in the U.S.

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Age for owning an AR-15 needs raising

The distance from the Everglades to the Evergreen State is about as far as you can get in the continental U.S., and yet one of the most unnerving aspects of last week’s school shooting was how close it felt.

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Why clinics offering stem cell therapies need a caution sign

A staggering 54 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis. Millions more have muscle, tendon or ligament injuries. Short of surgery, physicians usually focus on controlling pain and inflammation, which doesn’t always resolve these problems. Often patients simply stop doing activities they previously enjoyed.

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That time Tim Eyman was partly right

Getting an initiative to the ballot is hard to do. Paid signature-gatherers have become the norm for qualifying in Washington state. And typically campaigns spent a lot of their cash in that first phase of the initiative process.

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