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Diversity in the ranks has been the lifeline of our all-volunteer military, but it wasn’t always that way. As we celebrate Veterans Day, we ought to be thankful for all of the men and women from a … more
This fall marks the 50th anniversary of an event that sparked the landmark ruling by federal Judge George Boldt in U.S. v. Washington that upheld our treaty-reserved rights to hunt, fish and … more
As a school district and a city we all benefit from our relationships with those who serve in the various branches of the military.  Here in Yelm, our families from JBLM and our retired veterans are … more
Election day has come and gone. Most of us are ready for the battles to be over. As we hit the big day (and any fights over election results that might come after), let’s pause a moment to take … more
A couple of years ago, a major regional medical clinic leader announced his support for a local tax hike to beef up the city’s police force and provide cops with better training and capabilities. … more
A headline in The Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine this week caught my eye: “Washington is named for a president who owned slaves. Should it be?”The story, by Ron Judd, notes that our … more
When your ballot arrives in the next week or so, I hope you look all the way to the end, to a measure that more than a quarter of a million voters petitioned to put before you for your serious … more
I wish there were better news in our 2020 State of Our Watersheds Report that will be released later this month, but at best we are treading water on a few indicators of the overall health of our … more
When will the pandemic end?It’s the question we’re all asking, but aside from adhering to official guidance around social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks it’s one that we’re … more
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