Author Archives: benmangel

2018 Senate Primary in Washington State

For voters from Washington State, perhaps the most contested race on the Primary ballot this year is that for US Senate. Indeed, for me, it was the last item that I decided on when preparing to mail in my ballot … Continue reading

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Influencing Murkowski, The Last Word’s “how not to” guide

I have good memories of Lisa Murkowski. I didn’t know her in my time in Alaska, I only knew of her. She was a strong ally of the University in its annual effort to retain full funding of its budget … Continue reading

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Karma policing – is it time?

  “The tradition has been in every new administration to set aside past allegations of criminal behavior by the previous administration, whether it was torture that was illegal, or the Iran-Contra case, it has been set aside. Donald Trump is … Continue reading

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Coed Scouting comes to America

On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Boy Scouts of America announced plans to become a coeducational scouting organization, following in the footsteps of many national scouting organizations worldwide. Admittedly, there are some flaws in the plan, the most glaring of which … Continue reading

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From widget-making to automation

I’ve promised myself that I would write for the longest time, and it seems that one distraction leads to another. Then months pass. So, now that I have a natural break in submitting resumes and doing other projects, I find … Continue reading

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In remembrance of a grandfather

In many countries outside the United States, July 4 appears indistinguishable from any other day. There are a few countries that mark national celebrations on or near this day: Canada has its celebration of what amounts to its effective separation … Continue reading

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Family Histories of the First Ten Eagle Scouts of BSA Troop 401 Chief Seattle Council (Auburn, Washington)

Auburn, Washington, in 1923 appeared in writing to be no more than a simple railroad junction. Sitting in the middle of some of King County’s most valued farmlands, the town was serviced by both steam train and an electric interurban … Continue reading

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