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A visit to rural Thurston County

Crossing (out) the divide: Since 2000 there’s been the notion that there are red states and blue states. People in red states—mostly inland and southern—are said to be the sort who never saw a regulation they liked, refer to undocumented residents as illegal aliens and shout “USA, USA” at Trump rallies....

Where’s the water?

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County wants you to know! Imagine a container with a paper coffee filter inserted at the top. Say the filter represents the bed of a stream and the water you pour into the container is rain adding to groundwater. You can pour almost…

Energizing labor and environmentalists

A Green New Deal for rural economies “People talk often about the infrastructure investment that has to happen….but there’s also an industrial plan that needs to happen to build entirely new industries. It’s sort of like the moonshot. When JFK said America was going to go to the moon, none…

Top down educational reforms impoverish our schools, our teachers, our communities

Teachers are stressed. A recent survey in British Columbia found that two-thirds of teachers felt “stressed and emotionally exhausted all, or most of the time.” In the United Kingdom, 86% of teachers reported increased workplace stress. In the United States, 40% of teachers quit teaching within five years, leaving schools…

A Green New Deal promotes sustainability, resilience and growth

I. A Green New Deal addresses both urban and rural needs Establish a national fund for urban and rural resilience Cities and communities across America need to upgrade their infrastructure now to withstand the effects of climate change, including extreme heat, increased rain and snow, sea level rise, and extreme…