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After spending a lot of time looking into how Olympia is dealing with homelessness (quite a lot), and I thought I’d look at Lacey and see what they are up to.   I had a nice chat with … more
The closing of the Deschutes Parkway homeless camp last week was a real milestone for the City of Olympia in its efforts to respond to the homeless crisis.  This was the end result of a long, … more
The Tumwater City Council hearing on November 30, and the failing negotiation between the city and the Port of Olympia, is just the latest episode of a long debate about the New Market Industrial … more
The importance of accurately understanding the history, including the current state of affairs of any political issue, can’t be understated.  It’s the only way to grasp how we got … more
It's local election season, and we're all trying to figure out who to vote for and support.  Local elections are, in many ways, the most important elections. Our local governments have the … more
It certainly has gotten nasty with the bizarre and violent protests we’ve been getting in Olympia, not only last week but for a while now.   To be clear, I’m not referring to … more
It’s property assessment time and reading some of the comments people make show that the property tax system is not well understood.  I know I didn’t understand it until I needed to … more
I truly don’t understand the argument about personal rights when it comes to wearing a mask -- or get vaccinated.  What it resembles is what one hears from a child when they don’t … more
Usually in The Daily JOLT newsletter's Thurston County Trivia department we tell you about fun and hallowed "Days" and other commemorations. You know, National Julienne Fries Day (this … more
It’s absolutely fascinating what’s happening to policing in our community resulting from the new state laws, and what our local jurisdictions are doing in response to new ideas, new … more
      being on the right side of history is not for sissies   Hikers are flooding our public … more
Washington state Rep. Jim Walsh (R-Aberdeen) recently made a mistake by misusing a symbol of the Holocaust -- wearing a yellow Star of David in protest of COVID-19 restrictions. It was apparently … more
It’s election season. Candidates have their websites up, signs are all over town, and we’re all trying to decide who will best represent our interests on the different councils and … more
Like many folks, I’ve long had an appreciation for Olympia’s downtown.  Just the fact that we have one is a big deal and a huge community benefit.  Fun small businesses, a … more
Michael Campbell of Lakewood recently made headlines by shooting a catalytic converter thief twice, dragging him behind a pickup truck, and leaving his body in a field 20 miles north of here. This story is more than sensationally gruesome, it is sad and wrong: more
What’s new in the world of homeless camps? The county commission took action on Tuesday, June 8 on a couple of significant items that continue the efforts to manage the … more
Evergreen. TESC. I grew up running on your fields, scoring in your hoops, lifting your weights, enjoying your Super Saturdays, and cavorting with your faculty’s kids.  I saw Nirvana, … more
When I started trying to learn about the homeless camps I was under the impression that little was being done.  My thoughts would be along the lines of “what the hell is going on, why … more
As many say lately, it's been a year.  In the case of The JOLT, it's been our first year.  What have we learned?  People around here care about trees, crime, whom to … more
When you read what's happening in Cortez, Colorado and then brush up on your knowledge of Olympia's Pizza Klatch, you'll see a contrast in culture and politics. And whatever you think of … more
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