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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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October 30  |  By Doug Parry
 Bus riders get all the breaks Man, we’ve given bus riders a sweet deal. They reduce the number of cars on the road and the amount of carbon dioxide in the air. In exchange they get a host of perks, including:

The comfort of waiting in the refreshing air for buses that follow unpredictable schedules.



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October 23  |  By Doug Parry
Want to vape in public? You're wasting your breath I like to tell my kids stories about the old days – tales of how we walked uphill both ways to school and went to stores to rent movies.

"Yes," I tell them, "they really used to ask ‘smoking or non?’ before seating you at a restaurant.



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October 16  |  By Doug Parry
Is historic aviation center our golden ticket or our Spruce Goose? A historic aviation center at Paine Field is precisely the jewel Snohomish County needs for a thriving tourism industry. Or it’s a crazy boondoggle.

Each side of the debate seems convinced that it’s right.



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October 9  |  By Doug Parry
Driving a Volkswagen can make you feel dirty As kids in the 1980s, we played a game called Slug Bug.

As we rode in the back seat of our parents' hideous station wagons, we'd watch out for Volkswagen Beetles, and the first kid to spot one called out the car's color and punched his friend or sibling in the arm.



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October 2  |  By Doug Parry
Math doesn't favor Seahawks, but math is dumb R-E-L-A-X. A great NFL quarterback once said that to fans after his team got off to a rocky start to the season.

It was just last year, and the quarterback was the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, who may find it easy to relax because he’s clearly a robot.



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September 25  |  By Doug Parry
Will toll lanes help traffic? We're not buying it Starting Sunday, there will be two ways to ensure smooth passage down the freeway between Lynnwood and Bellevue: 1) become president of China; or 2) take the shiny new toll lanes.



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September 18  |  By Doug Parry
This fall in theaters, we've got 'Spectre' vision Several months ago, voters at HeraldNet.com did a great job of forecasting box office success when we asked which summer movie you were most excited about. "Jurassic World" and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" ruled the day, while "Fantastic Four" spent about four less-than-fantastic days in theaters.



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September 11  |  By Doug Parry
Changing Mount Rainier's name would be a tall order Anyone in Snohomish County can recognize the importance of American Indian heritage in the names all around us. The Stillaguamish River, the Tulalip Resort, the Mukilteo ferry.

These coexist with names from people who came along much later – names such as Everett, for the teenage son of the city’s founder, and Lynnwood, from the old English for "endless traffic."



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September 4  |  By Doug Parry
Back in the glorious 1980s, movies like "Heathers" and "Dead Poets Society" inspired us to push back against authority. If you’re really going to carpe diem, stand out. Be original. Don’t conform.

Well, it appears we’ve grown up and joined the Borg.



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August 28  |  By Doug Parry
Pushing workers is Amazon's prime directive Did you know that Amazon workers are routinely driven to tears? That they’re scolded for not answering email after midnight? That drones monitor their movements off the clock? That even their bathroom breaks are timed to ensure productivity?



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August 21  |  By Doug Parry
During my formative years at Mountlake Terrace High School, I treated homework as one giant Houdini act.

I never did anything until the last minute. Given weeks to write a paper, there was a zero percent chance I would start it before midnight the day it was due. Procrastination wasn’t a personality flaw; it was an art form.



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August 14  |  By Doug Parry
You know a Tim Eyman initiative when you see one A "Tim Eyman Initiative" is like the "Fernando Rodney Experience." It’s a brand. If his name is attached, you know exactly what you’re going to get.

The Fernando Rodney Experience makes the end of a Mariners game an adventure, since even with a sizable lead there’s a chance he’ll snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.



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