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Will our ports be ready for big ships?

The big ships are coming. The question is, will they dock in Seattle or Tacoma or head north to Canada or pass us by sailing through the Panama Canal to U.S. ports on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard?

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World trade creates jobs

President Obama needs the power to negotiate trade agreements.

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State's drought is a natural cycle

Enough with falsely claiming specifically that this year’s Washington state drought — the third in less than 100 years — is the result of how we live, what we drive and where we work..

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Business taxes matter

Politicians must be mindful of the impact high taxes and other business costs have on the majority of our state. Second, elected officials need to be vigilant — competitors are looking for ways to rob our state of its businesses and jobs.

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Consider reservoir before making decision to breach Enloe Dam

Given drought conditions this year or the potential any year, there is a value to the water stored above Enloe Dam that should be considered before any decision to remove it

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Do you think your hospital is safe?

The old model of health care as simply a business of revenue versus expense is inherently flawed, where “revenue” is a sick patient. It certainly cannot be fixed solely by cutting the portion of “expenses” that is the team who cares for the patient. Unless both patients and providers stand up for the community, that is exactly what will continue to happen.

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Why would Kreidler upend AHPs?

Rather than applaud association health plans for providing coverage, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is moving against them, stripping people of their coverage. In these uncertain times when the Affordable Care Act is struggling and key parts of it are being challenged in court, that just doesn’t make sense.

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Halting oil trains is not an option

Stopping rail shipments of crude oil and hazardous cargo is not a viable option. It is better to strengthen railroad beds, replace aging track and bridges, enact better safety standards, increase inspections, continue to train emergency responders and invest in new technology and modern equipment.

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Don't give teachers, pupils a pass

We should not give teachers and students a “pass” for failing to meet minimum academic standards. And the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction shouldn’t be asking for a waiver, either.

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Franchises are small businesses

Like the coffee vendor in the lobby of Trump Tower, they’re not global business magnates, they’re small business owners trying to make a living. Seattle politicians should treat them as such.

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Opening government takes effort

This past weekend, I was honored, and humbled, to be one of the speakers at the state Open Government Conference in Tacoma. And while we do our part here at The Chronicle to ensure government meetings and records are open to the general public, I was thoroughly impressed by the efforts of others around our state.

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Minimum wage hike misses target

If we truly want to help people move up the economic ladder, isn’t it better to provide incentives that reward them for getting the education and skills they’ll need in order to succeed?

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Minimum wage bill will hurt area

If this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, it’ll drive inflation and shatter many rural residents’ ability to grow economically and socially.

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Can Washington avoid water war?

Finding enough clean fresh water is a worldwide challenge as population, food production and industries expand. That’s a long-term issue, but for now, competing interests in our state must find ways to avert what is going on in California.

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We don't need Homeland Security

We need to rethink the Department of Homeland Security's creation, divest much of the power it has usurped and give autonomy back to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency and others. While we’re at it, disband the TSA.

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