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John M. Crisp: Brother, can you spare a dime?

My neighborhood is natural habitat for beggars and panhandlers. The freeway is only a few blocks away, and its overpasses often harbor bedraggled men with cardboard signs asking for a handout. Garbage cans and recycling bins are regularly gleaned for aluminum and other valuables before the city picks them up.

The climate president?

In his first term, President Obama put his political muscle behind passing health-care reform and financial regulations instead of a global warming bill, missing the best opportunity ever to establish a comprehensive national climate program. Then he hardly mentioned global warming.

I-594 a precursor to universal registration

It is indeed interesting times that we live. The citizens of Washington state are faced with a choice between voting for Initiative 594, which will place new restrictions on the sale or transfer of firearms, or Initiative 591, which is designed to limit the government’s ability to restrict the terms of the second amendment in any way.

Jay Ambrose — Signs of possible healing in Ferguson

We’ve had plenty of rhetorical villains since the fatal police shooting of a black teen in Ferguson, Missouri, grandstanders stirring up fear in vengeful tones, and we’ve ha violence and looting, mostly by nonresidents taking advantage of a tragedy to enrich themselves. But we’ve had heroes, too, and, at the young man’s funeral, we had calls for engaged citizenship and a stop to community disruption.