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Aug.
21st

ELECTION: Eric Renz is the choice in the 25th

Candidate Eric Renz  will be on the ballot in the upcoming November election, running for House Position 2 in the 25th Legislative District.

Renz is a retired Presbyterian pastor as well as a Vietnam veteran. He will represent the district very well because of his long history of serving – in many and varied capacities – with a heart for humanity.

One area that his experience will be of real benefit is in child development; because of it, he supports Kidreach, the Early Childhood Education Assistance Program (ECEAP) and Head Start as needed. Renz supports competitive and complete Washington-developed learning

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Aug.
13th

THURSTON COUNTY: Blake has inspired one nonvoter

I’m not one who gets into political stuff, especially when people I have met are involved as candidates. I avoid it so much I don’t register to vote so I can avoid jury duty.

This guy, though, he’s running for Thurston County commissioner. Name’s Bud Blake. Just reading his goals and the problems he aims to fix on his website sparked a passion inside me for the very first time over this kind of subject. Especially after these last years with the current commissioner.

Blake doesn’t just pretend to care, like most do until the election is over. This guy

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July
30th

POT: Flemming ignored will of the voters

I was perusing the online News Tribune Voter Guide for candidates in my jurisdiction and discovered a misstatement by Stan Flemming regarding supporting or opposing the ban on recreational marijuana businesses in unincorporated Pierce County.

Flemming states, “It is misleading to the public to call the county ordinance a de-facto ban. I do not support a ban, as the citizens of this state voted to legalize marijuana.”

In fact, he not only sponsored the ban but also voted to override County Executive Pat McCarthy’s veto.

Flemming may use the excuse that it only prohibits licensed marijuana businesses from operating in

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July
30th

COUNTY: Council vote should prompt recalls

The motto “In God We Trust” not only needs to never go on display in Pierce County Council chambers, it also needs to be removed from our currency and rescinded as our national motto.

Originating in the 1950s as the national motto , it was a short-sighted mistake from the beginning. Its continued use in our government is an affront to all people of the United States.

Our religious freedom and our very existence as a free country depend on secular government and in all of us abiding by the letter, and the spirit, of the separation of church and

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July
25th

ELECTION: GOP PAC misstates Green’s record

Who is the Good Government Leadership Council, and why is it lying about 28th District state Senate candidate Tami Green? It makes it sound like she’s against education, saying she’s repeatedly voted to cut education funding.

The group references votes between 2009 and 2011 when the state’s finances were in the toilet due to the extreme recession we all experienced; all were related to the biennial operating budget or supplemental operating budgets.

Every area of the state had to reduce spending because there was no money. In the last two years there were 189 votes in the House dealing with

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July
23rd

ISRAEL: Peace requires justice, equality for Palestinians

When Israeli Holocaust scholar Saul Friedlander starts likening Israel’s increasingly violent and extremist nationalism to Germany in the 1930s, as he did even before Israel’s latest massacres of Palestinians in Gaza, it’s time for Americans to question why our government gives Israel $8 million a day plus diplomatic cover for its breaches of international and human rights law.

And when MJ Rosenberg, former AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) media and PR star, flat out states that what’s enabling Israel to oppress Palestinians literally day in and day out for decades is big money in U.S. elections and politics, it’s time

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July
22nd

ELECTION: Court needs diversity on the bench

The election of Karl Williams will bring much-needed diversity to the Pierce County District Court.

I had the pleasure of meeting Williams last week. His intelligence, legal qualifications and experience are impressive. Our conversation showed him to be a man who is respectful of the wide range of human idiosyncrasies presented in any courtroom.
If I ever were called on to appear in court, I would want this candidate sitting on the bench.

Williams is so well qualified that voters who normally do not fill out the primary ballot should do so this year, to assure our District Court

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July
21st

ELECTION: Sandy Allen would be a fine judge

I agree with The News Tribune’s assessment (editorial, 7-10) that we have three fine candidates for Pierce County District Court judge. I believe, however, that one candidate stands out from the rest.

Sandy Allen already has a great deal of experience on the bench, having served as Municipal Court judge in Ruston for the past 11 years and in Milton for the past eight years. She has also served as judge pro tempore in 15 different courts in three counties over the past 16 years.

Allen has been active in the community, volunteering in various community organizations over the

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