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In reducing school expenses, some luxuries just aren’t affordable

By Robert Fincham Eatonville School District is operating in the red. The student enrollment has been dropping for years with no signs of any future reversal of this trend. It…

Museum of Flight expands horizons of local students

By Shannon Steedman For all its beautiful airplanes and great educational programs, what the Museum of Flight does best is inspire. As an educator, I’m constantly on the lookout for…

Selling property won’t help school district’s budget

By Paulette Gillardi I would like to begin by thanking everyone who has attended public meetings, written letters and e-mails and made phone calls to the School Board to give…

Some loosening in the blockade on library e-books

Some loosening in the blockade on library e-books

By Neil Parikh This winter, Pierce County Library System asked residents to take its frustration about e-book offerings directly to the six major publishers. At the time, the book publishers…

Forum: Be heard on Columbia Crest

I am writing this letter to encourage everyone that I know to please let the School Board members of Eatonville School District know how you feel about them potentially closing…

Forum: Trash, abortion and taxes

I enjoy receiving and reading The Dispatch each week. I applaud the Teen Focus column from Lydia Nyhuis (Feb. 27) regarding the “thoughtless or careless” individual who threw a bag…

Safety in school lockdowns depends on everyone working together

By Jason McGuire I’m the chief with the Eatonville Police Department. In this capacity I also work with the Eatonville School District. The subject of school lockdowns is very serious…

Forum: ‘Big hearts’ fund-raising; Eatonville schools budget

A huge “thank you” to each and every person and business who donated to the Gary Sokol auction and spaghetti feed, the dinner at Elbe Bar and Grill, and who…

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…