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Hold government accountable to the people

Hold government accountable to the people

By Randi Becker As the chairwoman of the state Senate Health Care Committee and a member of the budget committee (Ways and Means), I’m in a unique position. In both…

Nobody at the wheel

Nobody at the wheel

Political cartoonist Frank Shiers Jr. on the state Senate’s objections to Governor Jay Inslee’s nominations for directors of the state transportation and corrections departments.…

Railroads keep us on track

By Don C. Brunell In January, the American Association of Railroads or AAR published its first-ever state of the railroads annual report focusing on the industry’s economic value, innovations and…

Age Wave threatens long-term care

By Dennis Mahar Our nation’s senior population is expected to double in the next 25 years. Referred to as the Age Wave, this boom in the over-65 population will lead…

Come to Graham’s Spring Expo

If you live in or near Graham, did you know that there is an annual event, sponsored by the Graham-Kapowsin Community Council (GKCC)? It is the 13th Spring Expo 2016…

Lake Kapowsin needs extension on momentous decision

By Matt Hamilton Our beloved Lake Kapowsin may be gone. For those folks trying to keep up on the issue of the state Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) attempt to…

Billy Frank Jr.’s dream should live on

Billy Frank Jr.’s dream should live on

By Lorraine Loomis Billy Frank Jr., longtime chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, received many awards during his life and continues to be honored since his passing in 2014.…

Help Eatonville cherish its roots

On behalf of the South Pierce County Historical Society, I would like to thank The Dispatch for its article and photo in the Jan. 6 issue, reporting the Eatonville Town…

There is a lot to do in Graham

By Paula Morris I’ve been a resident of Graham for only five years. When I first moved here, I was thoroughly confused by the streets and boundary lines of my…

Gun ownership: Responsibility, resources and rights

Gun ownership: Responsibility, resources and rights

By Paul Pastor Recent events of mass murders committed by people with guns has focused national attention on guns and gun ownership. The Pierce County Sheriffs Department has received multiple…