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Bipartisan Senate coalition is what constituents wanted

By Randi Becker Over the past few months, I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of folks in the Second Legislative District. The single biggest message I heard…

Book publishers hurting library users with e-book blockade

By Neel Parikh The holidays are coming and many people will unwrap Kindles and other e-readers. Good luck getting an e-book from your public library to download to your new…

Forum: Do students value educational process?

What would truly be a surprise from the many Senior Surprise money-gathering events for Eatonville High School I read about in the Dispatch would be that the seniors would be…

Reasons to pause and give political thanks

PAT JENKINS/Dispatch editor There are two tiers of Thanksgiving. There’s the main one – the reflection and gratitude that hopefully all of us feel this time of year for the…

Forum: Woodstoves, chivalry

I read your piece on the evils of woodstoves and the loss of lives they can cause (Dispatch, Nov. 7, “Where there’s smoke, there’s trouble for lungs”). And now, with…

Congressional candidate lost election but feels like a winner

By Karen Porterfield It has been an amazing time running for Congress.  When I started this adventure, more than one person told me I was crazy…they may be right, but…

Forum: Disabled parking, business upgrade, Ashford’s postmistress

I heard that there is going to be undercover police out to catch texting while driving. That’s good, but they need to catch people using disabled parking when they don’t…

Yea or nay on landfill energy

No doubt that the phrase “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain” was heard plenty during the runup to the big election that ended yesterday. Something similar could be said…

Forum: County Council and state Senate races

I have watched the Pierce County Council District 3 race from a distance, but after some recent comments in the press and mailers by the McCune campaign, I feel I…

A lot for everyone is riding on transit tax proposal

By Elena Moreno Pierce County voters, I beg you: Please approve Pierce Transit’s Proposition 1. Why? I wish there was another way or more money in the budget, but there…