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County should think again on school land-use

By Tom Seigel (Editor: In the following open letter to the Pierce County Council and County Executive Pat McCarthy, Bethel School District’s superintendent calls on the county to reconsider proposed…

Here comes Nisqually park

A shout-out for the Nisqually State Park, just a few miles from Eatonville. Park planners recently announced that work is expected to begin in April. This includes construction of a…

Higher minimum wage doesn’t make lives better

By Don C. Brunell Washington has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.47 an hour, and now the Legislature wants to hike it to $12. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants…

Government keeps spending

Re: The Pierce County office project. I agree with County Councilman Jim McCune (The Dispatch, March 18, “False sense of urgency leaves some costly consequences of Pierce County office project”).…

On landfill’s anniversary, pity those who betrayed public trust

By Art Perkins It’s another year and another anniversary is past – the 15th anniversary of the opening of the 304th Street landfill. The dump is still open and accepting…

The end of 3rd and 4th of July celebration?

The end of 3rd and 4th of July celebration?

We were hoping to be writing this to tell you that we have found someone/group to take over the Independence Day festivities on the third and fourth of July in…

Premera cyberattack confirms patient privacy concerns

By Randi Becker (Editor: State Sen. Randi Becker issued the following statement March 17 in reaction to an announcement by Premera Blue Cross that it was the victim of a…

False sense of urgency drove county office project

By Jim McCune The burden of debt is as destructive as subjugation by conquest. That is but one of 28 principles of liberty identified by our founding fathers. Is that…

Airport development less important than revenue source

After reading through the Swanson Field airspace plan, the airport layout plan, and the airport master plan on the state Department of Transportation web site, I really don’t see how…

Responsibility and excellence are watchwords in Eatonville schools

Responsibility and excellence are watchwords in Eatonville schools

By Krestin Bahr What makes a school an “excellent school” or district? That is the question that leaders ask themselves every day. Is it the programs that meet the needs…