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Breaking the urban growth boundary

South Thurston County is in danger of being transformed into a slightly smaller version of the Port of Tacoma (POT, Port). The Port is proposing to sell 745 acres of prairie habitat it owns near Maytown to an industrial developer. The developer’s plan is to construct an enormous logistics center (with as much as 6 million square feet of warehousing) where trucks and trains will swap cargo.  Continuous operation will mean traffic, noise and light for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Lesson #4: Rethinking everything

Listen to Supreme Court Justice William O Douglas: “The corporation—a creature of ecclesiastical law — is an acceptable adversary, and large fortunes ride on its cases. The ordinary corporation is a “person” for purposes of the adjudicatory processes, So it should be as respects valleys, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, estuaries,…

Don’t be fooled by Trump’s buffoonery

Racism. White supremacy. White nationalism. So many people are involved in conversations about whether or not President Trump can accurately be called a white supremacist that ABC news saw fit to publish an article providing essential definitions. In her August 19, 2019 article entitled “White supremacy and white nationalism have…

Don’t panic—rebel

“Human beings and the natural world are on a collision course,” said The Union of Concerned Scientists in their Warning to Humanity issued in 1992.  Last October, thousands gathered to peacefully occupy five major bridges over the Thames in London. “We’re the ones we’ve been waiting for,” activists chanted, superglued…