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Eulogy for Americans by Lennée Reid

Eulogy for Americans by Lennée Reid

Rest in peace Grandma, Great Gramma, Gi Gi, Nana, Mama, Memaw, Abuelita, Nona, Oma, Mothers. The ones who told stories and baked bread. The ones who couldn't read or cook. The ones whose hugs were the best and the grumpy old ladies. To the ones who took the recipe and every family secret to the grave. To the nurses and teachers we never got to say goodbye to. Go well into the good night.  Rise in power Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Papa, Pops, daddy, Abuelo, Opa, Old Man, fathers. The ones who led their families with honor and the ones who…
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Pollution is Coming… From Inside the House

Pollution is Coming… From Inside the House

By Deepa Sivarajan Would you be surprised to learn that our homes and buildings dirty our air, outdoors and indoors? How is this possible? Even as we’ve worked to reduce our climate and air pollution by cutting down on vehicle use and using clean, fossil-free sources for our electricity, we continue to use fossil fuels like fossil gas (still called “natural gas” by the gas industry) to heat and power our homes—raising our greenhouse gas emissions and dirtying our air.   Using gas not only damages our health, but puts our communities in harm’s way. We’re at risk of gas leaks and explosions—like the one in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood in 2016, which leveled two buildings, harmed 36 businesses, and created $3 million dollars of damage. While it’s fortunate that no…
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Olympia Artist Afrok Makes His Voice Heard with His Song “This Way”

Olympia Artist Afrok Makes His Voice Heard with His Song “This Way”

By Holly Reed With beautiful melodies and catchy beats, each song by Olympia artist James “Afrok” Bowman hooks you in and hits you with lyrics that are both genuine and timely. “It's one hundred percent real and honest and it speaks about the world around me,” says Afrok. His honesty, speaking right from the heart, rings deep through his lyrics. Drawing the audience in with powerful truths, his music informs and inspires with depth and gravity.  “Hip-hop has been called the CNN of the streets,” says Afrok, paraphrasing an oft-repeated statement made by Chuck-D, member of the influential rap group,…
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The case for clean, safe, and all-electric buildings

The case for clean, safe, and all-electric buildings

Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons By Deepa Sivarajan We spend more than 90% of our time inside buildings—our homes, workplaces, daily errands, and social activities. Seem like a lot? This year we’ve only been driven indoors more during the COVID-19 pandemic and recent wildfires and smoke across the West.  The energy we use to heat and power our buildings are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions—in Oregon and Washington, second only to transportation. Why are our buildings such a big source of pollution? Because we still use and prioritize burning fossil gas (misleadingly called “natural gas” by, well, the gas industry) in…
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