Tuesday, February 21, 2017 This Week's Paper
Our view: Mystery over bird deaths shows fragility of ecosystem

Something killed up to 80 seagulls around the Tacoma Tideflats last month and state biologist still don’t know what caused it. While initial results suggest whatever poisoned the seagulls doesn’t likely pose any risk to human health, nothing is for certain other than that something happened and dozens of seagulls are dead because of it.
Reports of dead birds started coming in on Jan. 23, and trickled in through the following days with calls of dead or dying birds found along Ruston Way, the tideflats and as far north as Des Moines. Adding to the mystery is that the birds are all the same species, glaucous-winged gulls or glaucous-winged/western gull hybrids,… Continue Reading


Guest Editorial: Remembering Who We Are

Our young nation is enduring a period of farce, though it doesn’t feel so amusing for stranded immigrants or unemployed coal miners.
There is a more determinative context for immediate events that we fail to call upon because at first glance it doesn’t seem remotely relevant: in addition to being Americans, we are citizens of Earth. Even beyond that, we are integral with the stupendous… Read More

Guest Editorial: Nonviolent Resistance to Trump

The rise of Donald Trump has been infuriating, horrifying and ridiculous all at once. Meanwhile, what we, the People, are doing to resist injustice, oppression, discrimination, hate, bigotry, and authoritarianism is downright inspiring. Nonviolent action is reaching new heights of creativity in the United States, widening in frequency and participation. Here's just a sample of how ordinary,… Read More

Guest Editorial: Washington has lots riding on NAFTA

In 1993, President Bill Clinton was pictured holding a Washington State apple while promoting the virtues of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). That photo only underscored the importance of the agreement and our trade with Mexico and Canada.
Washington is the most trade dependent state in the nation. The Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ) reported that last November, Washington… Read More

Guest Editorial: Bannon’s coup

Stephen K. Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has been elevated to the Principals Committee of the National Security Council, the top tier of national-security policymakers. It is the first time a political affairs official has been made a regular participant in the NSC’s work. The appointment is the most important piece in an extraordinary and dangerous bureaucratic reorganization that… Read More

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