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Poll needed a ‘no’ option

I’m sure that you realize both answers are “yes” answers on the poll regarding Mount Rainier park fees (dispatchnews.com, Dec. 17 Dispatch). It would be refreshing if the Dispatch could…

Shining examples of excellence in schools

Shining examples of excellence in schools

By Krestin Bahr December is a time for reflection on the year that has passed and anticipation for family celebrations, winter break and the new year that is to come.…

Republicans: From elephant to mastadon?

Open letter to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner: One month ago, myself and a handful of other young interns with Republican Steve O’Ban’s campaign (for state Senate) gathered to watch…

Christmas wreaths comfort survivors of the fallen

By Don C. Brunell Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving for a lost loved one. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or…

What climate change legislation?

What climate change legislation?

“Climate change activist Tom Steyer poured millions of dollars into several campaigns this cycle to elect Democrats who support climate change legislation,” political cartoonist Frank Shiers Jr. writes. “His candidates,…

At least one thumb up for all of these

At least one thumb up for all of these

PAT JENKINS We’re born with two thumbs, at least one of which goes up when we see or hear about something we like. So in the spirit of the holiday…

It’s our turn to try charter schools

By Don C. Brunell Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, flooding cities and towns in four states and killing more than 1,800 people. The government response to Katrina,…

Concerns about gravel-mining plans

Randle Sand and Gravel is applying for additional area of operation that will impact most the residents of Eatonville, some of which many do not understand. The apex of the…

Shop small and local

By Jay Inslee and Patrick Connor We’re calling on all Washingtonians to join us for a March on Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 29. The cause: A better economy, longer-than-seasonal…

Rebuilding Together fixes homes and makes friends

PAT JENKINS My grandmother lived in her own home in Tacoma to the ripe and very vital age of 100. She loved that house and her garden, and one reason…