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Columbia Crest deserves to stay open and keep educating kids

By Ken and Autumn Zentz As parents of a Columbia Crest Elementary School student, we were saddened to hear that closing Columbia Crest is once again a topic on the…

Sequestration’s 5 percent hit on Mount Rainier

By David Graves As we rapidly approach the March 1 edge of the fiscal cliff, or government sequestration, details about how these across-the-board cuts could affect our national parks are…

Forum: Big money and state Senate

Under Initiative 960, any bill introduced in the Legislature that would increase taxpayer expenses must have a 10-year estimate of its cost. Here are two of the latest offerings from the…

Enough squeezing of voters on ballot deadlines

Pat Jenkins Dispatch editor If you’re like me and you’re a little tired of being told when you must vote, potential new state legislation could further chafe your sense of…

Reichert: Work across the aisle and with president

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, whose Eighth District constituency includes the Graham and Eatonville areas, released the following statement after attending President Barack Obama’s second inauguration: “Today’s inauguration of President Barack…

Forum: Thank you to community

The Eatonville Day Break Lions Club would like to thank the community for remembering and honoring 52 loved ones that were represented on the annual Tree of Honor in 2012. …

Let’s stop teenage drinking and driving before it’s too late

By Sharon Foster and Michael Langer  The recent deaths of three Washington teens – a 14-year-old Bellingham girl, a 17-year-old boy in Shoreline, and an 18-year-old Washington State University student…

The Mount Rainier factor isn’t enough to retain intellectual ‘capital’

By Michael Luis Residents of the Northwest, natives and newcomers alike, never tire of boasting about the region’s high quality of life. And this is nothing new. Promotional literature from…

Forum: Chamber appreciation, Bush reaction

The Eatonville Chamber of Commerce is an important institution for both businesses and residents of the town of Eatonville. The members of the Chamber would like to thank a few…

Politicians can talk, but now it’s time for action on jobs

By Don C. Brunell Before the campaign promises of more jobs and renewed prosperity fade away, elected officials need to understand that those promises must be kept. Our nation needs…