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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…

Forum: State Senate race, secretary of state

I find it appalling that Bruce Lachney would run a ad in your newspaper criticizing Sen. Randi Becker for sponsoring the bill regarding the issue of having a 4 day…

Time to demand Medicare for All

By Kathi Acosta Once again, my heart is torn apart. Yet another young life tragically altered, and a community rallies to help her any way they can. She knows, and…

Forum: County Council race

Marilyn Rasmussen, as state senator, vigorously defended the rights and interests of the residents of Pierce County. During the many years fighting the LeMay-Sutherland garbage dump, she – unlike Piece…