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And if they lose …

And if they lose …

2015 legislative session may be most difficult in decades

By Cathleen MacCaul “And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”  Abraham Lincoln When the 2015 Washington Legislature convened…

Put family farmers back into Farm to School

By Wyatt Fraas Farm to School programs appeared in the 1990s with a three-way focus – fresh, local foods in schools; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms; and purchases that…

Happy? New Year?

Happy? New Year?

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…