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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…

Wallet-watching

Wallet-watching

With the Legislature’s 2016 session underway, financial issues affecting taxpapers are on the mind of Frank Shiers Jr., a freelance political cartoonist.…

A merry reminder of how community cares

By Alana Smith Words from a family helped this year at Christmas: “Thank you so much for all the presents we received. You helped to put a smile on my…

Merchants owe holiday shoppers a big hug

By Don C. Brunell It was good to be a merchant this Christmas, but it was even better to be a shopper. According to MasterCard Spending Pulse, retail sales were…

Rural hospitals’ drug discounts at risk

By Alan Morgan Many rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of rising costs. Fifty-eight have closed since 2010 and many more may follow if…

14-year-old is ‘Strong Against Cancer’

By Paul Treyz On a warm, sunny day in mid-June, 14-year-old Michael Albrecht had just completed all of his eighth-grade requirements, and his future looked bright, indeed. Michael, whose plans…

May the season be with you

May the season be with you

Here’s a mashup by cartoonist Frank Shiers Jr. of you-know-who and the new “Star Wars” box office sensation.…

Air Force One, China and Boeing

By Don C. Brunell When China’s President Xi Jinping flew into Seattle last September, his presidential airliner looked like any other Air China 747-400 passenger jet. That is because it…

Lessons from future leaders

Lessons from future leaders

By Krestin Bahr As we enter the new year in winter, the impact of activities available for children is even more important as the days shorten. Washington indeed needs rain,…