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Long sentences for candy robbers built case for reform

OLYMPIA — The most important thing about Senate Bill 5064 isn’t that it passed the Washington Legislature, but that it passed with large, bipartisan majorities.

Column: Rising fees on public lands taking a toll

The always-contentious issue of pay-to-play on public lands recently became far more heated.

How to spot the hallmarks of an investment scam

Time after time I am amazed, when I need to rescue a client from a high-tech scam, to discover that intelligent, highly-sophisticated and experienced investors could not tell that a deal that had all the hallmarks of a scam was, in all probability a fraud.

Teachers to state: Cough up some bucks or schools are outta here

OLYMPIA — In an announcement that was shocking though not unexpected, Washington’s school superintendent and the head of the teachers union said it would move the entire public school system to another state unless it received more money from taxpayers.

Patience needed for lawmakers, pot sales and Mariners

The Washington legislative session is over, the governor is passing judgment on its work — or lack thereof — and we still can’t buy recreational marijuana. Sorting out all this is exactly why the Answer Man was created.

GOP, once thought dead, is back among the living

If you’re a consumer of political news, keep in mind this important rule: “Every prediction about the next election made in the immediate aftermath of the last election is wrong.”

The madness of college admissions

“I'd like to congratulate you on raising an exceptional student,” read the letter from a Midwestern college I'd never heard of before. “Because I'm impressed by your son, I offer to send a guide to help with the college selection process.”

Let’s take a look at the universe in numbers

8.5 million: The number of people who watched the premiere of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” on Fox and affiliated networks.

Legislature has met its (very low) expectations

OLYMPIA — I too am sick of contrived winners-and-losers lists that political reporters and columnists produce after sessions of the Legislature. But until such lists are no longer required by the state constitution, we have to keep doing them. It’s the law.

Local group addresses climate change

WALLA WALLA — Mangrove seedlings cannot survive a winter when the temperature drops to 25 degrees or below.