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Let them smoke

Let them smoke

Calley Hair | Evergreen columnist

February 19, 2015

When the Washington attorney general proposed a bill to raise the legal tobacco age, he wasn’t just blowing smoke.In fact, just the opposite – so far, legislators in Olympia are on board. On Tuesday, the Washington state House Health Care Committee passed a proposal from the Attorney General Bob Fergu...

A tale of two states: It was the best or worst of times in Wash. House.

BY BRYAN ALLEN | Evergreen columnist

February 12, 2015

The year was 1991 when former senator Bob Morton went to Olympia with the goal of dividing Washington into two states. He left with the satisfaction of knowing he had begun a conversation that could very well transcend or even transform borders—if all went according to plan.Bob Morton retired from the Sena...

The price to pay for students’ safety; arm private campus police

Campus police on public universities like WSU are often fully-sworn police officers, while private universities tend to employ non-sworn security personnel.

BY CALLEY HAIR | Evergreen columnist

February 12, 2015

When it comes to campus security, most private colleges find it cheaper to outsource.A report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) last month found that only 38 percent of private universities used sworn police officers with full arrest powers in 2012. This figure jumps to 92 percent for ...

Americans must stop obsession with sports

TYLER DELONG | Evergreen columnist

February 10, 2015

With Super Bowl XLIX coming to a less than agreeable end, the country can now focus its play-by-play brainpower on more important matters.It seems as though every conversation somehow turns to either sports or the weather. The latter I understand, the implication of temperature exerts a great deal o...

HB 1558 is promoting corruption

HB 1558 is promoting corruption

ASHLEY FISHER | Evergreen columnist

February 10, 2015

Police forces are transforming into bands of modern-day Robin Hoods by taking from citizen’s pockets and giving to themselves.With the introduction of House Bill 1558, law enforcement has found another avenue for police to profit.HB 1558 would allow law enforcement to seize the cars and money of people arrested for...

Letter to the editor: Excellent food writing


February 3, 2015

I want to commend Pirom Phadoemchit, The Daily Evergreen Food and Wine Columnist. He has raised the bar for food reporting this year with recipes for healthy, interesting, from-scratch food, with clear, understandable directions.Phadoemchit even tackled making stock. His columns would be at home in the We...

Wage gap strikes across all fields

MICHELLE CHAN | Evergreen columnist

February 3, 2015

When women try to be the breadwinners, they often fail. When we live in a society that does not recognize the achievements or capabilities of both genders, a wage gap emerges. The often cited statistic suggests that women make only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.But for some, this point m...

The anti-vaccination movement is bringing back the measles

Dr. Shruti K. Gohil, associate medical director for epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Medical Center, holds a dose of MMR, the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. The U.S. has seen an increasing number of measles cases thanks to unvaccinated children.

CHRISTINA THEEL | Evergreen columnist

February 3, 2015

As of Sunday, there are at least 102 reported cases of measles across 14 states in the U.S., and the head of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said we are likely to see more cases.The best way to prevent the spread of measles is to get vaccinated, said Tom Frieden, Director of the Center ...

Don’t let the bullies keep you from the Big Game

HANNAH STREET | Evergreen columnist

January 30, 2015

A microcosm of our ESPN-worshipping nation, my workplace is abuzz with Super Bowl semantics. Every night I work, I sit in the back, my chair turned away from people and distractions like a horse with blinders – the better to focus on my job. Recently I’ve been feeling especially left out. Isolated...

Sally sells sea shells to pay off student loans

Students wait to pick up their diplomas at Washington State's 2014 Commencement ceremony.

CALLEY HAIR | Evergreen columnist

January 29, 2015

Here’s a riddle for academics: If Sally graduates with a psychology degree in 2013, how long will it take her to pay off $28,400 in student loans while making an annual $19,000 working as a coffee barista?The notion that any education level less than a bachelor’s degree will lead to poverty is patently...

Fragile environments should benefit from falling gas prices

The Trans-Alaska oil pipeline between Delta and Glenallen, Alaska, as seen March 22, 2008. President Obama announced plans to deem the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge protected wilderness, which would protect it from oil and gas drilling.

TYLER DELONG | Evergreen columnist

January 29, 2015

On Sunday, Obama announced plans to designate 12 million acres of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as protected wilderness.The New Year heralded astonishingly low gas prices, putting oil exploration and production on the back burner. This allows the U.S. government to focus on more important mat...

The presidency is the Democrats’ to lose

Elizabeth Warren speaks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 5, 2012. If Warren splits the Democrat vote, it could sink Hillary Clinton's chances at the presidency.

BRYAN ALLEN | Evergreen columnist

January 29, 2015

Two months ago, Americans elected a Republican majority into congress. With the 2016 Presidential election around the corner, voters are beginning to look at their options for the next commander-in-chief.A Republican candidate could be the way forward when both houses are held by the right. With less conflict between Congress...

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