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Whizzing past public process: Will Kaiser Woods become a playground for mountain bikers?

“Developments never die. They just come back in another form.”   Andy McMillan In March I received a postcard from the Olympia Parks and Recreation Department announcing its plan to develop the 68.67 acre forested natural area above our neighborhood as a “dedicated mountain bike park.” This is how many Westbrook…

Relation of Progressives to the Democratic Party

Donald Trump is not simply the worst President in recent history—he is systematically bringing about fascism. For a detailed exposition on this, please see ‘Neo-Fascism in the White House’ in the April 2017 issue of Monthly Review and Trump in the White House: Tragedy and Farce (Monthly Review Press, 2017), both by John Bellamy Foster.

Houselessness, human dignity, and the right to survive

The July 2019 interview on “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” series. provides  information and insights about the growing number of people who do not have reliable places to live. Two savvy guests – Jamie Joy and Tye Gundel – take a fresh look at problems and solutions related to homelessness.  (We explain…

Stand up and be counted

On Saturday, June 15, 168 community members came together in downtown Olympia to call for the initiation of the impeachment inquiry process.  Olympia Indivisible, Puget Sound Communities4Impeachment, and local members of ByThePeople hosted this event.  It was part of a National Day of Action called for by Indivisible, MoveOn, ByThePeople…

Introducing the Port of Olympia

This is the first of a regular column on recent activities at the Port of Olympia. Its purpose is to offer information and ask questions about Port operations with the hope that informed public input will help guide the Port to fulfill its mission....