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Tag: Governor Jay Inslee


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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New DUI penalties a bit of good news amidst a bloody week

If one were looking for confirmation that summertime and bloodshed go hand in hand, the proof was scattered throughout the local news this week.

Here are a few in no particular order:

  • An 18-year-old is injured following a drive-by shooting in Tacoma;
  • A Puyallup man is arrested for first degree murder when sheriff’s deputies search his blood-soaked apartment for links to a missing man;
  • A 16-year-old is in custody after a fatal stabbing in Renton;
  • Two people are wounded in a Seattle shooting;
  • A stabbing melee in Olympia leaves two men hospitalized;

In other words, it was a

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Stalking victims deserve new law

“Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” 
―Joseph Heller, Catch 22 

Imagine a very real and credible threat so pervasive you must constantly be on alert.  It alters your life, forcing you to check the exits everytime you go somewhere and always have an escape plan handy.

Now imagine that you are not a soldier in a combat zone or  an undercover operative on covert assignment. Your reality is far less intriguing – you are a victim of a stalker.

Unlike dangerous professions, or their Hollywood equivalent, there is nothing mysterious about stalking

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