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Give national parks the support they deserve

Give national parks the support they deserve

By Dave Reichert and Ron Kind National parks aren’t just pristine forests and wilderness areas, they’re battlefields and important monuments that embody our American heritage. They’re seashores, deserts, valleys and…

People came out on top in budget battle

By Randi Becker After weeks of meetings between leaders of the operating budget, capital budget and the transportation revenue-reform package, many long nights and a surprise-near budget derailment, a final…

Class photo brings back memories

I ask myself, Where has all the time gone? This group of young adults was my last class to teach at Weyerhaeuser Elementary School (Eatonville School District) before retirement. As…

Politics, class sizes and the budget

Politics, class sizes and the budget

Political cartoonist Frank Shiers Jr. on the new state budget: “Reports I read say that the Washington Education Association pressured Democratic state senators to renege on their promise to delay…

Landfill permit issue evokes not-so-fond memories

By Art Perkins In its June 10 edition, The Dispatch carried a front-page article headlined “Landfill owners want a longer permit.” Beneath that heading, the article went on to note…

DNR should let Lake Kapowsin move forward

By William Pickard There is unnecessary controversy about the proposed 1,000-acre Lake Kapowsin Park. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and others are grossly mischaracterizing the plan for the…

Charter review process is for citizens

By Jim McCune Every 10 years, a new Charter Review Commission is elected to make proposed amendments to the Pierce County Charter, to be voted upon by the citizens of…

Generosity helps flower basket project grow

By Eatonville Chamber of Commerce The flower baskets are up and look beautiful in Eatonville. Fifty baskets now line the streets. In February and March, the Eatonville Chamber of Commerce…

Charter review: Fox watching the hen house

It’s noteworthy that so many have signed up for the Pierce County Charter Review Commission. Former elected officials of both political stripes, once again as private citizens, can provide a…

Legislature forgetting career and technical education

By Tim Knue Well, Legislature is one-third of the way into special session because they haven’t figured out how to fully fund schools while the Washington State Supreme Court still…

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