Letters to the Editor
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On this Independence Day we celebrated democracy. National news makes the situation for our nation and our democracy seem dire.  I see strong signs of hope … more
Tumwater’s Davis-Meeker Oak has been in the news lately, with passions running high on both sides. Here we are in 2024, hotly debating the value of a tree. We have millions of trees in Western … more
Editor's Note:  Columnist Jill Severn is taking the week off. Before she did, she sent us these comments, from reader Ellen Richter, who commented on last week's column, titled , " Heronswood … more
Over 400 years ago an acorn grew into a tree now slated for destruction by the mayor of Tumwater and a Thurston County judge. This venerable oak tree stands along Highway 99 alongside the Olympia … more
Taking responsibility means acknowledging and accepting accountability for one’s actions, decisions, and their consequences, whether positive or negative. It involves being honest about your … more
Could Old Highway 99 someday be as famous as Route 66? Will songs be written and tourists drawn to visit it? To some people that seems unlikely, but I suggest that it is worth considering. There is a … more
My name is Jesse Brighten, ISA certified arborist and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Attending the Tumwater City Council meeting on 5/21/24, I was frankly appalled with the presentation by Lisa … more
The Tumwater community and officials are grappling over the fate of the historic Davis-Meeker oak tree on Old Highway 99. The tree served as the end point of the Oregon Trail, and has borne witness … more
Is it worth the delay of thousands of cars and occupants thereof, who are delayed while the last witness is interviewed in depth? more
In 1956 I recall my father pointing out a story in the Lincoln Leader , our hometown newspaper. The headline read, “Last Civil War Veteran dies.”  The veteran was Albert Woolson , a … more
At the Thursday, May 16th Olympia Food Co-op board meeting, I, as a member and former board member submitted a proposal calling on OFC to give the land they own at 905 & 921 Rogers St. … more
It is always a difficult time in one’s life when you lose a parent. You look to them to be there for you and expect them to be around forever. But when the surviving parent dies, you begin … more
The United States Department of Agriculture just released data from its 2022 Census of Agriculture, and the news is not good for either Thurston County or Washington State. In Thurston County, … more
As a YCS parent I am urging our community to vote YES for kids in the upcoming levy. Our students are finally recovering from the years of pandemic sacrifices: they’re regaining skills, … more
Do you like trees? Then you should be a big fan of infill housing. That means building up, not out, and putting houses where we’ve already cut down all the trees. But Thurston County could … more
I received my Mail-In Ballot a few days ago, probably you did as well. Basically, I was not concerned about the process until lately. There has been much alarm raised over the process of … more
Olympia's city manager told the city council finance committee at a meeting on February 14 that " property taxes are not keeping up with inflation ." That has not been my experience, … more
In recent years, Thurston County has witnessed a concerning trend - a steady erosion of transparency within its government. One significant move was the proposal to expand the board of commissioners … more
If there is a "housing crisis" then we need more rentals.   For there to be more rentals, there must be more investors willing to tie up and risk their money.  For that to happen, the … more
In a community grappling with the challenges of homelessness, one small school has become a beacon of hope and stability for the second-largest population of students experiencing homelessness … more
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