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Dec.
27th

Norm Dicks: Embodiment of a better Congress

Congressman Norm Dicks

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

To understand what Washington will lose when Norm Dicks leaves Congress five days from now, you have to meet the man.

He comes across as a latter-day Teddy Roosevelt: beefy and bombastic; exuberant, gregarious and dominating; funny, friendly and full of stories. Though he talks nonstop, he’s no bore: The ideas just come too fast.

After about 10 minutes, you realize Dicks is not merely a consummate politician, but also a man of rare intelligence and insatiable curiosity. Once he’s on one of his favorite subjects – stealth aircraft, for example, or Puget Sound cleanup – you start to wonder if anyone else knows as much as this guy.

At 72, he still looks and talks like an irrepressible ex-Husky linebacker, which he is. On the issues he follows, he’s also a formidable intellectual with a dazzling grasp of technical detail and broad context.

Many of the tributes now being paid to Dicks amount to inventories of the projects and funding he brought home to Washington and the 6th Congressional District during his 36 years in office.

None of those lists is complete, though, because he’s done so much. Here is a sampling: Read more »

Dec.
5th

Preservation campaign pays off for a bridge, a city

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

An uncooperative economy has stymied many a big plan for Tacoma’s Foss Waterway. But there’s something to be said for holding your own.

A good example is the prospect of hanging on to Johnny’s Seafood Co., a quintessentially Tacoma business on the east side of the Foss.

The company at one point had been on the brink of packing up and moving to a strip mall in Fife. Now, through a transaction engineered by the Foss Waterway Development Authority, the declining property will be rehabilitated and kept up by Johnny’s parent company,

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