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And so it goes

And so it goes

The question about the Legislature, says political cartoonist Frank Shiers Jr., is whether there is any difference between the philosophical and political wrangling in a regular session and a special…

Our Tax Freedom Day comes later

By Don C. Brunell Will you celebrate Tax Freedom Day this year? Until April 24, every penny we’ve earned in 2015 goes to pay your taxes. While this year, national…

Businesses, volunteers made egg hunt go

The South Pierce Fire and Rescue annual Easter egg hunt provides a cost-free, wholesome, fun-filled family event for the citizens of our community. This event is funded solely by the…

All can benefit from recreation at Lake Kapowsin

By RANDI BECKER As my neighbors in rural east Pierce County already know, their area is one of the fastest-growing in the county and would benefit greatly from more parks…

Where there’s smoke …

Where there’s smoke …

The Democrats and the Republicans in the Legislature “are not arguing about WHETHER they should use marijuana revenues to balance” the state’s budget, says political cartoonist Frank Shiers Jr. “They’re…

State’s plans for medical marijuana may hurt taxpayers and patients

By Steve Elliot (Editor: Under Senate Bill 5052, approved this month by the Legislature in an attempt to clarify medical and recreational marijuana laws, medical marijuana collectives in Washington would…

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”).…