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Our independence needs less foreign dependence

By Don C. Brunell While much of today’s news deals with America’s decline, there is hope we can stimulate our economy, create manufacturing jobs and pay down our national debt…

Energy conservation is pie-in-the-sky

The morning of June 23, when I got up the sky was clear, blue and beautiful. Shortly afterward, the first jets appeared, not with jet streams trailing behind (jet streams…

Summer shouldn’t mean hunger for schoolchildren

By Kevin Concannon As a child, I always looked forward to the carefree joy of summertime. I remember the long days of playing outside at a nearby park until I…

Minimum wage

Minimum wage

The car keys are all yours, dad

PAT JENKINS Visiting Angels, a network of homecare agencies specializing in the needs of elderly adults, flooded the news media recently with the results of a survey that the company…

Answering the call for jury – and civic – duty

PAT JENKINS If you’ve ever served on a jury, or haven’t but would if you could, then you were the star of Pierce County’s judicial system for a week last…

Nice until the four-way stop

Just a little note to say how impressed I was to see the new sign leading into Eatonville from the Mountain Highway. It is very distinctive, and I hope it…

Where do you think money for benefits comes from?

Brent Sorensen (April 23, “Until government waste stops, let’s pay fewer taxes”) is right on, and describes government waste and taxes perfectly. Those who pay no taxes, are on entitlement…

You can be a Hunger Hero in campaign to fill empty shelves

By Ruth Ferris Hunger. There was a time when everyone reading this would immediately resonate with that word with a physical response, knowing in their bodies what that felt like.…

A cautionary tale about kindness of strangers

PAT JENKINS Hardly a month goes by in which The Dispatch doesn’t pass along to our readers the requests of charitable groups seeking financial donations. Sometimes the requests come from…