Clear Skies: How a charity avoided toxicity and stopped an Ebola outbreak

Toxic charity devastates well-intentioned donations by creating dependencies, without investing people with skills and attitudes for progress. The Robert Lupton book “Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It)” was highly recommended to me. The book cover said Lupton, “has been at the forefront of urban ministry” in Atlanta churches and in community development for 40 years.
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Fuzzy Skies: The self-importance of my dog

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies County: Regulate the energy trading of Koch Industries

Charles Koch, CEO of the private firm Koch Industries, and his twin brother David are known for donating millions of dollars to political organizations that support Republican and Tea Party politicians and dispute man-made causes of climate change.
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Fuzzy Skies: Officers need to slow down; Apple needs to speed up

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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World Polio Day is Oct. 24

World Polio Day is Oct. 24, a day to celebrate the world’s first and largest private health care initiative in the world, PolioPlus. It’s been a costlier and more prolonged effort than expected, but is nearing its target of eradication. The PolioPlus campaign and the recent fear of Ebola are reminders that a communicable disease anywhere can invade our borders.
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Clear Skies County: Court cases conclude lenders caused the mortgage financial crisis

Borrowers of subprime mortgages who followed instructions from lenders in their applications were indicted for criminal behavior by the U.S. District Attorney of Sacramento in 2012. They were charged with filling out the forms fraudulently, reselling houses at inflated prices and defaulting on loans. Jurors decided they were not guilty.
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Fuzzy Skies: To my surprise, I enjoyed a round of golf

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies County: 591 destroys Washington’s gun safety laws; 594 improves them

Washington’s fall ballot contains two measures on gun safety, I-591 and I-594, printed below as they’ll appear on your ballot.
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Fuzzy Skies: My smartphone is making me feel dumber

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies County: A genuine voice, helping people in poverty move forward

In Donna Beegle’s neighborhoods, garbage service was an absolute luxury. After getting fined for taking garbage to an apartment complex, her family would keep it. And have rats. “I had rats crawl across me in bed to go down the wall,” she said.
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