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Stop logging our phone calls

Once in a great while, House Republicans get it right. So let me praise them for leading a bipartisan effort to curtail the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of data on the phone calls of innocent Americans.

For teachers, it goes beyond pay

Legislators in Washington state believe teachers are doing rolling walkouts because of pay issues. Sure, that is part of it. When your check actually gets smaller because there is no cost of living increase but insurance costs are growing and the price of life keeps going up, it is fairly discouraging. For me, though, the much bigger issue is the loss of autonomy, the lack of understanding that teachers know more than others about how to actually teach and the belief that many teachers are bad and need to be ...

Once again we go to the brink

We live under a constitutional republic, limited in power and staffed by our chosen representatives, and so are constantly faced with unfortunate reminders that we get what we deserve. Those congressfolk are our people, after all.

Together, we can help address local poverty challenges

There is a topic of growing concern, debate and polarization in our community. It is addressing a core community issue that affects all of us — poverty. Many of us, unknowingly, have an “us vs. them” mentality which only further propagates the misunderstanding, fear and negativity surrounding this issue.

Want hypotheticals? Here’s one

WASHINGTON — Ramadi falls. The Iraqi army flees. The great 60-nation anti-Islamic State coalition so grandly proclaimed by the Obama administration is nowhere to be seen. Instead, it’s the defense minister of Iran who flies into Baghdad, an unsubtle demonstration of who’s in charge — while the U.S. air campaign proves futile and America’s alleged strategy for combating the Islamic State is in freefall.

Together, we can help address local poverty challenges

There is a topic of growing concern, debate and polarization in our community. It is addressing a core community issue that affects all of us - poverty. Many of us, unknowingly, have an “us vs. them” mentality which only further propagates the misunderstanding, fear and negativity surrounding this issue.

Wilf Woods | Our day to remember

They used to call it Decoration Day. Congress made Memorial Day official in 1971, a day dating back to 1866 when the people of Waterloo, New York, first honored the Civil War dead.

Eastmont schools build solid system

Eastmont School District has been quietly doing some solid work in preparing students to meet challenges after graduation.

Withering of the death penalty

WASHINGTON — Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away.

No headline

Recently we have read three articles about Warren Buffet’s oil trains transporting oil from the Dakotas through Washington to the coastal refineries. The Wenatche World did a good job of reporting on the enviromental dangers this poses. Unfortunately, they did not report the rest of the story. Here is the rest of the story.

Continue embracing multicultural future

Ricardo Sanchez of the Latino/a Education Achievement Project says that during his many years advocating for Latino issues, he has had greater success by being less combative and instead encouraging people to test their assumptions and think deeply about the issues.