Blue Byline

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Archives: Feb. 2014


Ukraine’s struggles are intertwined with our own

The new millenium has seen a surge of revolutions. These include the terrorist-driven wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Georgian and Iranian uprisings (crushed by Russia and Iran respectively), and the long list of middle eastern countries whose positions of power changed hands in the so-called Arab Spring.

If things continue to devolve in Ukraine, the former Soviet state may soon follow (TNT 2/22).

Yet Ukraine’s story bears another look. Its present is not unlike our past – a fledgling nation continuing to struggle for independence from an oppressive colonial power – while its future may hold

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Governor’s blanket reprieve a debatable decision

Back in my teen years a friend brought over a VHS tape with the invitingly lurid title, “Faces of Death.” The video was a compilation of footage depicting the various and inhuman ways we humans kill one another. Being young and curious, we watched it.

Though images from that video still haunt me, the scene that cost me the most sleep was an execution. I can still picture the electric chair and the way the man’s limbs flex as the jolts from ol’ Sparky hit him. Drool spills from his mouth, every muscle spasms and blood seeps out beneath the

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Hoffman’s addiction alone is responsible for his death

“No words for this. He was too great and we’re too shattered.” — Director Mike Nichols.

The above quote is one of many describing the tragic death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the Academy Award-winning actor who died of an apparent heroin overdose last Sunday. The circumstances were a wake-up call for anyone who assumed the days of heroin were long gone.

In fact, this retro drug from the ’90s is not only back, but usage is increasing at an alarming rate. In addition to a four-fold increase in heroin seizures along our southern border,

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Federal conviction an argument for state control of pot

When the citizens of Washington voted to legalize marijuana, it was a mandate against the status quo – street deals, organized crime, money laundering. Even for those of us who don’t use cannabis, there is every reason to find new ways to control a drug which has led to so many violent altercations involving home grown operations.

That point is best illustrated in the story of one Jeremy Capodanno, a Puyallup area man recently convicted in federal court of unlawful manufacturing of narcotics and firearms violations (Adam Lynn, TNT 1/31).

Capodanno’s conviction on Friday arose from  a

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