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David Bowie’s terrible past

On January 10 the world lost a "hero", David Bowie. Like the world over, I loved his music and his persona. When you search “Bowie” on the internet, it’s easy to find praise for him—but we need to acknowledge something less popular about him....

Man in legal limbo in Thurston jail

Roger Calhoon has been incarcerated in Thurston County since last summer and he is not your everyday person. One may not agree with what he believes, but he has his reasons. Twice he has been sent to Western State Hospital for evaluation, yet he remains in the County's jail. And after eight months of imprisonment, no trial date has been scheduled....

Peace activists stand trial in Tacoma

In protest of nuclear weapons On August 10, 2016 the eight activists crossed the blue line onto Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, which represents the largest operational concentration of nuclear weapons in the US arsenal, in an act of nonviolent civil resistance. Some staged a die-in, spreading ashes around others’ bodies on the asphalt,…

The ecology of a prison nation

In the summer of 2013 I wrote “The Ecology of a Police State” [EF!J Vol. 34 No.1, Brigid 2014], a polemic drawing connections between repression, bloated law enforcement budgets, and the success of the environmental movement. A year later, the country burst into anti-cop rebellion....

A mother’s plea for justice

It was a nice day in May 2015.  It was dry outside and both André and Bryson decided they were going to the local skate park on Cooper Point Road. It wasn't far from where we lived; they left late that afternoon....

God as Republican

Claiming to have God on your side can be philosophically problematic, mainly because without logical evidence, you are invoking an imaginary force with extra powers and unexplained superior morality as an ally and justifier of your actions, without risking much social scrutiny....

Newspaper carrier

The lonely road of a local contract worker When I retired a few years ago my wife and I moved to Olympia so that I could finish my college degree. I had hoped to find some sort of employment after college. Unfortunately that didn’t work as planned so I took…

NATO to meet in Chicago

American and European leaders are gathering this month, on May 20 and 21, for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit to plan the military alliance's strategic objectives for the next several years....

Superior Court Judge Lisa Sutton reverses city’s 7-Eleven project

Over the last year, more than two hundred Westside neighbors actively organized to defeat a 7-Eleven at Harrison and Division and they won. Neighbors sent in comments to the City, letters to the editor and raised $8,000 to cover expenses. They attended two community meetings, two hearing examiner sessions, three…