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April 18, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Turn the Missouri man free

No jail time for a clerical error. Missouri, the Show Me State, is not showing me much with its stubborn insistence that a man overlooked by criminal justice bureaucrats should spend 13 years in jail for embarrassing them. Maybe all those folks in Missouri should be mindful of the state motto: “The welfare of the people…

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0 Comments | Topics: cornealious anderson, corrections, missouri

April 16, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Build icebreakers to protect U.S. interests in the Arctic

Republicans in Congress are toting extra heavy campaign baggage as they head into the 2014 election season, and look beyond to 2016. They have virtually no legislative achievements or profile beyond being an impediment. In its desperate attempt to find bipartisan issues to help tout a constructive role, the GOP should embrace modernizing the U.S. icebreaker fleet…

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April 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM

U.S. Sen. Murray wants answers about oil-train safety

Corrected version Shipping crude oil by rail has resulted in horrific accidents that claimed lives and devastated communities. Concerns about the safety of crude oil shipments are escalating  along with the predicted number of trains headed across Washington. The Washington State Legislature had a chance to help protect Washington residents, and let local communities prepare for the…

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April 8, 2014 at 6:45 AM

More wise flight from the Pebble Mine project in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

A proposed gold, copper and molybdenum mine for Alaska’s salmon-rich Bristol Bay is a truly bad idea. Yet another investor apparently agrees, and is heading to the exit. Rio Tinto, described in a Wall Street Journal article as a “mining titan,” is handing off its 19 percent share of the proposed Pebble Mine project to two Alaskan…

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March 26, 2014 at 6:45 AM

A ray of sunshine, Madoff thugs headed to prison

A spate of horrific news from the Snohomish County mudslide to the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner has consumed our attention. A shocking loss of lives, and disturbing, perplexing circumstances. The epic financial swindle orchestrated by Bernard Madoff was a different kind of American tragedy, but it has haunted the nation. Now a measure of good…

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March 20, 2014 at 6:15 AM

UW Bothell, where the future goes to college

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other dignitaries are scheduled to be on the UW Bothell campus Thursday to dedicate Discovery Hall, a new science and academic building. I would call the structure a window on the future. Everyone is talking about the need to prepare the work force for the jobs of the future. Welcome to…

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March 14, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Little Bill birthday wishes ahead of ‘Stormy Monday’

The eagle flies on Friday, and Saturday you go out to play, but on Sunday you can go to church for Blues Vespers and wish Bill Engelhart a very happy birthday. The Northwest blues legend will be celebrated in his hometown of Tacoma, and by all Washington blues fans, during Blues Vespers, hosted by the Rev….

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March 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Speak up against cellphone calls on planes

Members of Congress do not, cannot, will not agree on anything, but the prospect of one proposed change has bound them together. The Federal Communications Commission is contemplating allowing cellphone calls on planes. Listen to the howling. Virtually no one likes the idea, including the federal Department of Transportation. Airline passengers are already shoe-horned into tight…

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February 27, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Watch ‘Secrets of the Vatican’

Here is how a stunning PBS documentary describes itself:

“In Secrets of the Vatican, FRONTLINE tells the epic, inside story of the collapse of the Benedict papacy and illuminates the extraordinary challenges facing Pope Francis as he tries to reform the powerful Vatican bureaucracy, root out corruption and chart a new course for the troubled Catholic Church and its 1.2 billion followers.”

Viewers might easily imagine they’ve heard it all. Oh that. Why bother? Take everything you have ever heard about the Catholic Church and the global clergy child sexual abuse scandals, the dodgy Vatican bank, add in drug abuse, and multiply it all by ten. A primary insight is that Pope Benedict really did not step down from the papacy so much as flee the job.

Watch the video below:

No one could make up what this documentary reveals. For all of the horror on display, the reality is basic: arrogance, hubris and insularity will bring down any organization, even one ordained to do God’s work on earth. A human organization manifests all human frailties. Allow it to make its own rules and hide, and the worst happens.

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