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Published October 21st, 2013 - 12:05AM
Voters in rural South Pierce County are seeing something new on their November ballots: a South Pierce Fire & Rescue bond measure.
Published October 20th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Tacoma has shockingly bad streets and a shocking history of failing to invest in them. Part of the answer, the City Council has decided, is to make Tacoma’s neighbors invest in them.
Published October 18th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Perhaps the single most misleading claim of this year’s election season — and that’s a high bar to clear — is being peddled by levy opponents in the Peninsula School District.
Published October 17th, 2013 - 12:05AM
With Mayor Rick Hansen term-limited out and Kent Boyle resigning early from his District 3 seat, at least two new faces will be on the Puyallup City Council after the Nov. 5 election. A third council race features an incumbent versus a political newcomer.
Published October 16th, 2013 - 12:05AM
A public hearing on coal exports Thursday in Tacoma won’t focus on the issues that should really concern South Sound residents: more coal trains that interfere with traffic, add to air pollution and potentially affect property values.
Published October 15th, 2013 - 12:05AM
This isn’t a legislative election year, so the pent-up furies of Olympia politics are funneling through an off-year race in a single district — the 26th, where voters will determine the successor to former state Sen. Derek Kilmer.
Published October 14th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Malala Yousafzai is tiny and only 16. But she is an eloquent, larger-than-life symbol of a struggle the world must join if inroads are to be made against poverty and ignorance.
Published October 13th, 2013 - 12:05AM
By many accounts, Western State Hospital is the state’s most violent workplace. The problem demands remedies both inside and outside the hospital.
Published October 11th, 2013 - 12:05AM
It’s always nice — and a bit surprising — when a tax break works as advertised.
Published October 10th, 2013 - 12:05AM
The elected commissioners who oversee the Port of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma have similar roles — providing policy direction, allocating funds and responding to the public.
Published October 9th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Federal Way, once a suburb, is now a large city in its own right with a 90,000-plus population. It’s got big-city issues, too, including a rising poverty rate, deserted commercial buildings and an increasingly polyglot immigrant population.
Published October 8th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Voters in the three largest Pierce County school districts will select board members Nov. 5, who will help lead schools through tough budget decisions and the introduction of the rigorous new Common Core standards.
Published October 7th, 2013 - 12:05AM
If this year’s polite races and unchallenged incumbents are any indication, either the Tacoma City Council is keeping citizens happy or its members are good at keeping their heads down.
Published October 6th, 2013 - 12:05AM
An initiative that touts itself as protecting the public’s “right to know” ought to guarantee accurate and complete information. Initiative 522 does the opposite – one of multiple reasons voters should reject it in November.
Published October 4th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Initiative 517 is a solution in search of a problem – and could create new problems of its own. That’s why voters should reject it Nov. 5


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