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April 29  |  By Doug Parry
Is a boycott your business's business? Boycott North Carolina. It has a new law allowing businesses to deny civil rights to gays, lesbians and transgender people.

Boycott Target. It allows transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice.



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April 22  |  By Doug Parry
If the truth is out there, do we want to find it? Are we alone in the universe? Should we even try to find out?



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April 15  |  By Doug Parry
About that 25-year wait for light rail … Did you hear about Breakthrough Starshot?

It’s a plan hatched by a Russian billionaire to send tiny probes to Alpha Centauri to search for intelligent life. The probes would travel an astonishing 25 trillion miles in about 20 years.



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April 8  |  By Doug Parry
Chris Pratt rules, but there are other local celebrity dream dates Our latest poll at HeraldNet.com was inspired by actor Chris Pratt’s fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club in his hometown, Lake Stevens. He’s raffling off a day with him on the set of "Guardians of the Galaxy...

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March 25  |  By Doug Parry
In Everett, a daily dance to dodge parking tickets You may remember Brazil’s greatest export, the Lambada, the steamy dance that opened our eyes to pelvic thrusts and thong underwear. It was so hot in the early ‘90s that it was banned in its home country; so hot that it spawned not one, but two competing big-budget movies, "Lambada" and "

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March 18  |  By Doug Parry
The dumbest times to use your smartphone Two-thirds of us now own smartphones, but how many know when it’s proper to use them? We asked for your advice in our latest poll at HeraldNet.com.



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March 11  |  By Doug Parry
Should our schools instruct kids on the abacus? How about teaching them the proper method of formatting a floppy disk? Ridiculous, right? The modern world demands they learn skills that will help them become employable, self-sufficient adults who will eventually move out of your house so you can finally build that man cave — er … office — you’ve always wanted.



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March 4  |  By Doug Parry
FBI wants to open one iPhone; Apple says it's a Pandora's Box This one’s a toughie.

FBI Director James Comey said the bureau’s battle with Apple is the "hardest question" he’s ever seen in government.

Should the government force Apple to give it a way to bypass a security feature? Should a court require a private company to create software?



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February 26  |  By Doug Parry
State hooked on cigarette taxes; voters want it to kick the habit Raise the smoking age to 21? Sounds like a good idea to most people. A statewide poll – not a goofy Internet poll like ours, but an actual scientific one – found voters strongly in favor of raising the minimum age for smoking, and state lawmakers were all gung ho to go along.

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February 19  |  By Doug Parry
Regrets about alcohol privatization? We have a few You know how it goes. You let loose and have a few too many drinks. You tell yourself you can handle it, and if not? Well, that’s a problem for the next morning.



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February 12  |  By Doug Parry
When using a public restroom, it’s best to have a strategy.

In a men’s room, I find a three-pronged approach is best: 1) Get in and out as quickly as possible. 2) Breathe through your mouth in case it smells bad (it always smells bad). And 3) Never, ever make eye contact with someone leaving a stall.



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February 5  |  By Doug Parry
Quick, can you name the three countries that have no law providing for paid family leave?

Hint: You are most likely reading this in one of them right now.



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January 29  |  By Doug Parry
Despite the risks, football remains child's play If you’re like most American football fans, you saw the ads for "Concussion" during the commercial breaks of NFL games this past season.



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January 22  |  By Doug Parry
You may not be sure about a higher minimum wage, but the arguments are familiar enough that you can probably recite them from memory. On one hand, people can’t support themselves on $9.47 an hour. On the other, small businesses would suffer if forced to pay more, and you’d need to take out a loan to afford anything off McDonald’s breakfast menu.



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January 15  |  By Doug Parry
 Different empire, same love for 'Star Wars' Caution: This column contains spoilers for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." If you haven’t seen the movie but still plan to, please skip ahead to our next poll, and may the Force be with you.



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January 8  |  By Doug Parry
The one thing you can't imagine the Seahawks doing On Feb. 1, 2015, Seahawks fans saw that nightmares can come true. That was the date of the most famous interception in football history, at the 1-yard line with time running short in Super Bowl XLIX.



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January 1  |  By Doug Parry
Journalists have a love/hate relationship with online comments.

On the one hand, comment threads can generate interesting discussions when paired with news stories. They can serve as a town square, where anyone can contribute to the debate without a gatekeeper standing in the way. They can even include valuable news tips that lead to further stories.



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December 25  |  By Doug Parry
Will Sound Transit make it a trilogy? The plot thickens "The Godfather," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Hangover." There’s nothing like a good trilogy.



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December 18  |  By Doug Parry
No more oil, you say? Keep the gas tax anyway Did you hear the news? The fossil fuel era is over. The United States and 195 other countries recently met in Paris and pinkie-swore to definitely, probably, maybe start to address the problem of climate change … pretty soon.



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December 11  |  By Doug Parry
Something rotten about decision not to label 'Frankenfish' "Frankenfish" warned us this would happen.

One of our great cinematic achievements, the 2004 film tells the tale of genetically modified fish that develop the ability to breathe air, grow to the size of humans, and – spoiler alert – take bloody revenge for all that filleting of their ancestors.



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December 4  |  By Doug Parry
They stopped the 'Barefoot Bandit,' but there's no stopping Hollywood "Hopefully, this is the last page and last chapter in the Colton Harris-Moore story," a judge said when the "Barefoot Bandit" pleaded guilty to the last charge against him.



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November 27  |  By Doug Parry
The voters have spoken, and by a narrow margin they’ve given state lawmakers two choices: rock or hard place. Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1366 says they have to either slash the sales tax by a penny or put a constitutional amendment on the ballot requiring a two-thirds vote to raise taxes.



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November 20  |  By Doug Parry
How to deal with the reality of 'daily fantasy' You have to put up with a lot to be a football fan. There’s the sinking feeling of watching your team fall to 4-5, the moral quandary of watching young men risk debilitating injury, the fact that no one seems to know

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November 13  |  By Doug Parry
They may take our lives, but they'll never take our bacon First, they came for our salt, and we didn’t want high blood pressure, so we learned to cope.

Next, they came for our butter, and we didn’t want clogged arteries, so we slathered on margarine and tried to convince ourselves it still tasted good. Then we heard about trans fats, and they took our margarine, too.



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November 6  |  By Doug Parry
#OptOutside instead of Black Friday? REI has a mountain to climb ‘Tis the season – for hundreds of newspaper articles that start out "’tis the season" and for retailers to try to lure you with ever earlier holiday sales. Christmas displays were up at some stores before Halloween. And not only do stores promote Black Friday, some open before the turkey is cold on Thanksgiving Day.



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