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Grist for Gritty Tacomans

Two recent articles in The Seattle Times struck a chord – and not in a good way.

First, on Sunday, Jon Talton wrote about how competition between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma is hurting both because they’re taking business from each other rather than from other ports. After noting that Tacoma has the advantage over Seattle of more capacity and dockside rail, he makes the case for a regional port authority (and you know it wouldn’t be called the Port of Tacoma-Seattle.)

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma are run by smart people who understand the threat and the

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Program aims at closing the low-income ‘digital divide’

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

It’s a long-held belief in America that education is “the great equalizer.”

But not all educations are created equal. In years past, a child with access to up-to-date textbooks and libraries had an advantage over a child who did not. Today, access to technology – computers and the Internet, in particular – is critical to an education that will prepare a child for living and working in the 21st century.

Yet an estimated one-third of U.S. households lacks a computer. That’s often a factor of age, but it’s also one of income. Only 45 percent of households earning less than $30,000 have broadband Internet access at home.

That’s why the new Internet Essentials program sponsored by Comcast and launched statewide last week in Tacoma is so promising. The cable giant is providing $10 per month Internet access and $150 computer vouchers to families that have at least one child eligible for free school lunches and meet a few other requirements.
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