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Thirty Years of Advocacy

Readers who keep an eye on details might have noticed that with this January issue, we’ve made the transition to Volume XXX of the Retiree Advocate. That means that the Advocate has been around for 30 years. That’s a remarkable achievement for any independent publication, but even more remarkable for one like…

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th, 2013 marks the commemoration of Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) around the world. In its 15th year, TDOR is a day dedicated to remembering the many lives of transgender, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer people who have been needlessly taken from us, and the many more who endure violence, hatred, and prejudice, due solely to misunderstanding and fear.

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Budget deal must be morally and economically sound

As a member of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, I am more than aware that a $17 trillion dollar national debt and a $700 billion deficit are serious problems that must be addressed.

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Working Older Americans, Younger Americans, and Social Security

During the summer months this year, an average of 35.9% of men 65 to 69 years had jobs as did 25..6% of women in that age group. Both figures are the highest for those months since those numbers became available in 1981., Additionally, the employment rate for women 70 to 74 was higher than any […]

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Letter to the Editor: December 2013

As a Senior living in Burien, I hope to remain in my home as long as possible. This is not only good for me, but good for my community. Without keeping reliable, affordable public transportation available, not only will all those who still depend on public transportation to go to work and carry out other […]

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The CEO, the Governor, and the Machinists

This month we witnessed a corporate crime. James McNerney, CEO and Board President of the Boeing Corporation, engaged in what can only be called extortion of the workers who created the more than $3.9 billion in company profits in 2012.

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Congressman Jim McDermott: Statement on the Affordable Care Act

“I wholeheartedly stand with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and State Insurance Commissioner Michael Kreidler in supporting our state’s continued full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. “Like them, I understand the deep frustration and disappointment that some of our citizens are feeling right now. It is devastating to hear from constituents that are experiencing […]

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The Space Needle Falls

Fifty years ago, Howard S. Wright and his peers built the Space Needle to be a symbol of the future. While the Needle pointed to the skies and heralded Seattle’s destiny as a technology epicenter, it also contained living wage, union jobs for the service workers who welcomed guests and cooked the food. Generations of workers were able to support their families because of the good jobs at the Space Needle.

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Pay It Forward: A better – and much-needed – alternative to student loans

Our state used to fund public higher education as a public good. We embraced higher education as one of the foundations of our democracy. It was accessible and affordable for the vast majority of residents. But that promise of public higher education has been steadily and incrementally defunded over the past 30 years.

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Build it here!

So how about that $8.7 billion tax give-away Boeing just received to build the 777X? We have been here before. In 2003, the Legislature excused Boeing from $4 billion in taxes, in order to build the 787 in our state. What happened to that $4 billion?

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