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Tag: Stan Flemming


Hold owners of vacant properties accountable

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

The housing market is improving, with inventory going down and prices ticking up. People who had been hesitant to list their homes for sale are rethinking that choice.

But many potential sellers face a challenge: that foreclosed house on the street, maybe even next door. It might have an unmown lawn, trash in the front yard attracting rodents, broken windows, even drug-using squatters living inside.

Who would want to buy a home near that?

These vacant, often-trashed houses are the unfortunate aftermath of Read more »


For County Council: Roach, Talbert, Flemming

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

For the foreseeable future, Pierce County government is likely to be all about making do with less, slogging through the present economic agony while still providing police protection and other essential services for citizens.

The County Council, which writes the budget, is where much of the action will be. Its spending decisions will shape county government, sparing some programs at the expense of others, approving labor contracts and otherwise making ends meet with excruciatingly tight revenues.

County voters are about to pick three fresh faces for the council’s three open positions, which

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