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Dispatch editorial: And the votes are in

Voters made some interesting and, in many cases, predictable decisions in the primary election that drew to a close last week. In the predictable column were the advancements to the…

Pierce County case highlights need for water pollution laws

By Billy Frank Jr. For many years we have said that enforcing existing state and federal pollution laws is one of the most effective actions we can take to recover…

If you’re 18 to 35, here’s why you should vote

By Terri Baker The League of Women Voters, in concert with NAACP, is focusing on increasing the turnout of the 18 to 35-year-old voter this year. Carol Mitchell of TV…

Suicides of gay youth rooted in faith-fueled homophobia

By Kris Alan While I agree with Claudia Branham that marriage is a choice, I am not sure where she got the notion that “civil rights has nothing to do…

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Heartbreaking: Dogs on chains all day I’m 10 years old. I was wondering if you guys could write something in the newspaper about keeping dogs off chains? I love animals,…

What was true in 1965 graduation speech can be true in 2012, too

By Rich Williams Having just experienced another graduation at Eatonville High School, I thought it was timely to share a graduation speech given by Ron Elliff in 1965. The topics…

Dispatch editorial: Big idea, big decision

Big ideas carry big risks. That’s a central part of the discussion that’s revving up again about a major resort proposed for Mount Rainier’s back yard. Mount Rainier Resort at…

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Handicap parking is rigged I think it’s so nice to have parking in public places for handicapped folks, But it’s so abused, I have trouble believing in the system. It’s…

Government watchdog cut his teeth in Pierce County

PAT JENKINS Dispatch editor Government audits have been in the news and not in the news lately. The latter is preferred by those on the receiving end of the reports…

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Shopping locally pays off  Last week while doing business in Eatonville, I stopped into the health food co-op. I was pleasantly surprised with the large inventory. Picked up some fresh…