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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Fuzzy Skies: We should honor and obey checklists

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies: Online higher education is improving quality ratings

Dramatic statements claim colleges — as we know them — are doomed because technology has empowered massive online organizational companies (MOOCs) that promise to improve student learning and undercut higher education’s higher fees. Will my college-bound grandchildren experience these changes over the next decade?
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Fuzzy Skies: We’re going to the dogs!

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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