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Posts published by “Harry Branch”

Restoring creeks and competition | Enhancing economic and ecological function

The words “economics” and “ecology” stem from the ancient Greek root oikos meaning the family and the family’s property. The two disciplines are founded on many of the same principles. Citizens working toward a better world face challenges that overlap and fall under both. We hope for a more equitable society. We hope to guarantee…

Clean up East Bay | Let Moxlie Creek breathe

Here in Olympia there is a problem in East Bay off of Budd Inlet. The problem is water quality. It does not meet federal clean water standards. Part of the problem is that Moxlie Creek, which flows into East Bay, is encased in a half-mile-long, underground, concrete pipe. This affects…

Reflections on a paradox flowing down a culverted creek

I watched an edition of Frontline on the computer last night. Normally, this is an excellent series. This edition was about fish as a food source. They got a few things right. We raise salmon in nets and feed them ground up anchovetas from Peru. As it would probably be…

Letters to Works in Progress

Dear Works in Progress, The article in September’s Works in Progress entitled “More questions than answers” was reminiscent of an experience a friend recently endured—a crazed cop, gun drawn, screaming at him for, contrary to instructions, getting out of his car to retrieve his proof of insurance from his wallet. My friend is white.…

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