Eastmont Community Park is a gem, and it keeps getting better

Eastmont Community Park is a gem that just keeps getting better.
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Clutter steals one’s time, money, health and service

By Jim Russell Empire Press Correspondent I had a simple task. Find the small brush that I use to sweep beard dust from my electric razor. I looked in my bathroom drawer where I also keep my nail clippers, emery boards, combs, straight razors, extra toothbrushes, hair dryer, lens wipes, plastic toothpicks and lately, Karen’s bandage wraps. My search took longer than it should have, just like...
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Current odds of Clinton or Trump winning in November

My wife is frequently the only person who hears my outbursts when I read or see the rampant irrelevant, inaccurate or incomplete news reports about who is likely to win the presidential election in November.
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Commentary: Newhouse and Reichert: Bipartisan leaders in global health initiatives

Douglas County’s citizens should be proud to know both congressional representatives from Douglas County — Rep. Dan Newhouse and Rep. Dave Reichert — are on the forefront of compassionate conservatism in several bipartisan bills, some of which passed Congress and were signed by President Obama.
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The urgency facing us in the era of mega-wildfires

We live in an era when mega-wildfires are more prevalent, more disastrous and more deadly than in past decades.
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Commentary: Declaration of Independence calls for patience once again

On the Fourth of July, I re-read the Declaration of Independence. The eloquent language addressing oppression and freedom 240 years ago is still relevant for people crying out for cooperative resolutions in their current struggles.
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Commentary: Get out and get healthier

I had stopped walking my dog Haley at daybreak in the woods near my home until two days ago. Five minutes after we got outside, I felt a pleasant relaxation.
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Commentary: Celebrating imperfections and never, ever giving up

We knew the Nova High School 2016 graduation ceremony was different the minute we entered the Quincy Jones Auditorium at Garfield High School in Seattle.
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Commentary: Trying to renew a relationship with sleep

Sleep feels like a stranger I’ve never been able to befriend.
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Commentary: Rafe Esquith is an inspiring and controversial teacher

Rafe Esquith is a fifth grade teacher who’s spoken to 100,000 teachers in China, and on May 15 was keynote speaker for over 500 Rotarians and guests at the Rotary District Conference in Yakima.
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