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Growing demand and finite water resources—a challenge for Thurston County

One of the most contentious and fundamental issues facing Thurston County involves water. The laws and regulations around water are complicated and involve many stakeholders. There are tribal treaty rights, federal laws, Department of Ecology regulations, rural communities, municipalities, agriculture, aquaculture and PUDs, all vying for water subject to the…

128 years of voter suppression

One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson Bloomsbury Books (2018) “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.” – Joltin’ Joe Stalin Voter suppression, that is, preventing citizens from registering, preventing registered voters from voting, and preventing the accurate counting of cast…

It’s about the money, honey

Many of us are ill-informed about certain critical economic and social issues. The following facts should have been reported by the mainstream media, but unfortunately most of that media is controlled by the very people who have reason to hide the facts. Tax haven cheating is much costlier than the…

Inadequate defense for juveniles—the state Office of Public Defense and Grays Harbor

Throughout Washington state, county officials strongly influence the criminal justice system by passing ordinances, establishing policies, selecting program administrators and staff, setting public safety priorities and making funding decisions that directly affect many who come in contact with the law. Everyone in the United States has a constitutional right to…