Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper
Our view: End of school brings summer stresses for many families

The bell rang for the final time of the school year this week marking the beginning of summer breaks for thousands of youth and their families.While for some that means family trips, carefree days at splash parks and afternoons flying kites at neighborhood parks, the end of school brings stress and uncertainly for far too many people.
About 60,000 children in Pierce County schools receive free or reduced breakfasts and lunches during the school year, but that stream of nutritious food largely goes away once school ends for the year. That means already cash-strapped families face higher grocery bills on top of any added childcare costs while children aren’t attending… Continue Reading


Guest Editorial: Searching for words that unite us

Two days before last year’s presidential election, Frank Luntz walked away from a CBS “60 Minutes” focus group leaving people uncontrollably screaming at one another. He couldn’t stop it. Nobody could.
America’s political frustration has boiled far beyond anyone’s ability to listen and find common ground. Our country’s polarization now is to the point where people are shooting… Read More

Guest Editorial: Negotiations, compromise necessary to pass state budget

As most of you know, the Legislature is in the middle of a second special session to pass a new two-year budget for our state. 
Because control of the Legislature is divided (Republicans hold the Senate, Democrats hold the House), negotiation and compromise are necessary to come up with a budget that can pass both chambers. 
Unfortunately, time is running out. The current… Read More

Letter to the Editor: Leslie Weinberg

Dear Editor,

(Re: “The state of health care in America…and what we can do about it,” guest opinion by Willie Dickerson, TW June 16)
I live in Connecticut, where Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy are great supporters of the Affordable Care Act. What changes are made will affect me greatly, as well as millions of others. The most vulnerable… Read More

Letter to the Editor: Phyllis Bjorkman

Dear Editor,

(Re: “Trump’s reckless budget cannot be allowed to become law,” guest editorial by Sen. Maria Cantwell, TW June 2)
Thanks to Sen. Maria Cantwell for her guest editorial, bringing us up to date on the pitfalls for Washington in President Trump’s proposed budget. It is a very comprehensive expose of the many cuts affecting all areas of life… Read More

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