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The more opinions, the merrier

PAT JENKINS Everybody has an opinion on everything, so the Street Talk feature on this page is right up their alley. Most of the time. The Dispatch asks passersby on…

Eatonville schools: 100 years as the heart and soul of our community

Eatonville schools: 100 years as the heart and soul of our community

By Krestin Bahr As we near the end of first semester for Eatonville School District, this is a time to reflect on the year’s progress. Over the holidays, I was…

Recreational marijuana: Your tax dollars at work

Regarding the article about marijuana sales in Pierce County, County Councilman Doug Rickardson was the lone dissenter on Ordinance 111. One of his reasoning is that the Legislature will be…

A tip of the hat to scholarship auction and school boards

PAT JENKINS The Dispatch was proud to be one of the many businesses and community organizations that contributed to Graham Business Association’s latest scholarship auction. The annual event raises money…

Eatonville schools levy not an increase

(Re: Eatonville School District levy that will go before voters in February) I am not thrilled with our tax rate, but, this levy is at the same rate as the…

Wise leaders and less government control

Thanks to Don Brunell for his informative piece on the philanthropy of large corporations, banks, business, etc. (Jan. 1, “Business philanthropy keeps holiday spirit all year”). There are thousands of…

Our wishes for this year

It’s a new year – one week old, to be exact – and The Dispatch has the following wishes for the communities we cover: • We hope that voters in…

Underprivileged schoolkids get community love

PAT JENKINS There are so many nice things that people do for others during the holiday season. Here is one of those instances that warm the heart. Ty and Samantha…

Do the ethanol shuffle if you like $5-a-gallon gas

By Don Brunell Have you heard of the ethanol shuffle? One step forward, two steps back. Actually, it’s not a dance; it’s part of California’s clean energy policy — a…

It’s time for a modern tax system

I am writing to advocate for Washington to completely replace its current tax system with a moderately progressive income tax. The current system of 60 taxes, tolls and fees would…