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Editor, As a firefighter, I know that emergencies don’t respect anybody’s schedule. We first responders have to be on call day and night to respond to whatever crisis may arise. … more
Editor,  We are all in this together. I'm talking about the traffic that now chokes our roads both in the mornings and starting about 2 p.m. every afternoon. There have been days when … more
Editor, How best to utilize the 640 acres, about the area of Central Park in New York City, that Yelm recently acquired after a business improvement commitment was unfulfilled? It gives Yelm an … more
It’s a tradition for the Association of Washington Business to visit the local Costco during our international trade missions. AWB's trade mission to Canada in June was no different. Our … more
While wind and solar farms generate greenhouse gas-free electricity, there are ongoing concerns over their impacts on our environment, especially as a rapidly growing number of worn-out blades and … more
Washington voters will be asked this fall how much salmon recovery is worth. How committed are they to supporting programs that reduce carbon pollution and help communities withstand the impacts … more
A dozen years ago, the state Supreme Court declared our state's approach to funding K-12 education had failed. Some legislators wanted to respond to the historic ruling in McCleary v. Washington … more
It is the time of year to fly our American flags proudly. It began in May with Memorial Day, to be followed this month by Flag Day, and end with the “grand finale” on July 4. The … more
Proponents of WA Cares inspired an opinion piece I wrote for The Washington State Standard titled, “ WA Cares is not a good answer for people in need. ” It ran on May 3.  … more
June is here, and the start of summer is just around the corner. A year ago, the first day of summer had Washington moving in front of California to have the highest gas prices in the nation. As … more
Editor, In his article on Washington salmon fisheries management, Ed Johnstone calls for greater emphasis on habitat protection and restoration, not harvest management alone, to help recover … more
Editor, Respectfully, to my community I ask several questions. Please read them and contemplate how you would answer. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at the Yelm Community Center, … more
From 2013 through 2017, Republicans led our state Senate and Democrats had the majority in the House. While it lasted, that break in one-party control of Olympia was good for the people of our state. … more
Do you sleep well? Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. After looking at articles about sleep, here’s what I found:  We all know that good sleep equals good health. We are … more
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the partnership between treaty tribes and our state co-managers to establish salmon fisheries. Each spring since 1984, we’ve held a series of … more
Editor, I am dismayed each time I see high school students protesting for something essential that earlier generations enjoyed and took for granted … and now deny to younger generations. … more
Editor, It has been shocking to see the Yelm school district levy fail and the accompanying job losses. One positive thing we can do is elect representatives who will support state funding for … more
Editor, I am a freshman at Yelm High School, an honor roll student, who cares about the education system. Without the school, I wouldn't be here now. I am writing this to voice my concerns on … more
During the first half of May, administrators at the University of Washington patiently negotiated with pro-Hamas protesters about voluntarily dismantling their illegal encampment at the center of the … more
Editor,  I was so saddened by the failure of the Yelm Public Schools levy not passing for the second time. I am an 88-year-old widow living on a fixed income, and I have never voted against … more
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