Blue Byline

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Archives: April 2014

April
28th

Dome gunshow a vestige of a bygone era

The year was 1991. Bryan Adams topped the music charts, cell phones were beginning to shed unsightly pounds and The Silence of the Lambs ruled the box offices. And the Tacoma Dome hosted its last gun show.

In the ensuing 23 years our country has endured a major terrorist attack, two lengthy foreign wars and a tortuous economic spiral. It is a new era indeed, yet for all of that some aspects of society stubbornly resist change.

For example, if you were to attend the 1991 gun show at the Dome with the intent of purchasing a firearm from a private

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April
21st

Hate crimes: the slippery slope to genocide

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”                         -William Burke

Last week I had the great fortune to visit the other Washington for the first time. I found our nation’s capital to be so much more than just the seat of power. It is a global crossroads.

There one can find embassies and consulates, lobbyists and think tanks, all symbiotically (or parasitically, depending upon one’s view) situated next to the Capitol, the White House, the Department of Justice, as well as countless

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April
10th

Trying out a novel idea

About eleven years ago I submitted my first guest column to the TNT. The topic was my short tenure as a stay-at-home dad, a guy trapped in a world built for mommies. The piece was lightly humorous at best, but at least it provided some return on my dusty ol’ English degree.

Back then my writing was low brow – I had a penchant for words like “gazillion” and “wedgie” – and my prose demonstrated little appreciation for the subtleties of writing.

Now, like many people who dive into a new profession, I am still probing the vast depths of

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April
6th

“New” overdose drug will save lives on the street

As I stood over the prone body of a man, his pale face relaxed as if in sleep, I wondered what his last thoughts had been.

Had he thought of his family? Perhaps a girlfriend or wife? Or had his only thought been for the heroin seeping into his vein, taking him away from all such concerns and killing him so swiftly that the needle was still embedded in his cold, lifeless arm?

More important, what if the medics had arrived in time to administer the drug that could have saved his life? Of course it is impossible to say what

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April
2nd

Rescuers are case study in courage, compassion

The cloud was orange. It lifted above the cranes and smokestacks, a giant toxic mushroom lit from within by the industrial halogen beams emanating from the Port of Tacoma’s sprawling terminals.

The location of the spill itself was hidden inside the opaque orange mass settling gently over a large portion of the rail yard. As I headed towards the site, I passed a stream of semis and smaller trucks moving steadily away. I also passed several groups of Tacoma firefighters, all of them donning HAZMAT suits alongside their fire trucks. A lone firefighter wearing an oxygen mask waved my patrol car along, past

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