Several years ago, judges statewide began asking the Legislature for more adequate and stable funding for the trial courts so that we could provide equal and accessible justice across our state.
Research-based best practices. This phrase gets thrown around the education world enough to provoke eye-rolling rivaled only by the groaning that accompanies the ubiquitously annoying “safety issue.” Play the Research-Based Best Practices card, though, and you trump all others.
The Legislature recently considered a bill to help patients access a promising new class of pharmaceuticals. As the current legislative session ends, lawmakers must make sure this bill remains on the docket for quick consider-ation in the next session.
Last Sunday, The News Tribune presented a very critical view of OptumHealth Pierce RSN, headlined “Mental health provider scrutinized.”
We’re quickly approaching “budget time” in Olympia, and every proposal that comes out of the Legislature will undoubtedly utilize a tempting option called Medicaid expansion. While there are compelling reasons to support and oppose Medicaid expansion, it’s important for budget writers and the public to realize it is not a panacea.
In his March 26 Viewpoint, “Nurse-Family Partnership program saves young lives,” Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar offered his resounding support of the evidence-based intervention work of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Depart-ment’s Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) program.
At a recent public hearing in Olympia, testimony on House Bill 1817 highlighted contrasting perspectives and opinions about whether to invest in students we have educated in our K-12 schools.
The couch in your living room probably contains cancer-causing chemicals.
Re: Expansion of Tacoma Link light rail.
We all benefit when we make investments in the public good, including in our schools, roads, bridges, parks, publicly funded research and, of course, our public universities and colleges. Now more than ever, if we want to sustain a healthy middle class and generate a new wave of economic growth, we must keep the “public” in public higher education.
Parents move for many reasons: because of the military, professional career or family. By default, their children move with them. Children don’t get much of a say where they live, because it is their parents’ responsibility to protect and provide for them.
We all talk about it.
I have seen a lot of tragedy in my years in law enforcement. One case that haunts me still is a week as a homicide detective with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office in which I had to investigate the deaths of three babies. Two of these innocent lives were lost as a result of child abuse.
Editor’s note: This is an expanded version of a letter to the editor that appears on The News Tribune’s letters blog: blog.thenewstribune. com/letters. Recent articles in the News Tribune have dramatically highlighted the revolving-door policy that my family and I are all too familiar with. The mental health system in Washington is in crisis.
It’s no secret: Washington state faces a shortage of people trained in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
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