First published here in 2007: “Halloween (or Hallowe’en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, primarily in Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the United States. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holiday All Saints’ Day, but is today largely a secular celebration.
“Common Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, committing pranks, telling ghost stories or other frightening tales, and watching horror films…
Origin of name “The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Even (“evening”), that is, the night before All Hallows Day. Although the phrase All Hallows is found in Old English (ealra hlgena mssedg, mass-day of all saints), All-Hallows-Even is itself not attested until 1556,” quoting Wikipedia. Read more
“We can’t put a price tag on our free press — but unless we stop them, predatory investors can.”
Editor’s note: Locally, The Olympian is moving to eliminate publishing a print edition on Saturdays and the Nisqually Valley News has consolidated most of their Yelm public contact staff to their Centralia offices in a bid to cut costs and stay afloat.
“Unfortunately, all over the country, private equity and hedge funds have been scooping up these cash-strapped papers — and looting them into irrelevance or bankruptcy.
“Here’s how it works.
“Investors put down a fraction of the purchase price and borrow the rest — and then saddle the company with that debt. Layoffs and cutbacks follow, which leads to a shabbier product. Circulation and revenue decline, then more cuts, and the cycle accelerates.
“Newspapers have been critical to American democracy since its founding. By allowing huge corporations to gut newspapers in the name of making a buck, we’re putting a price tag on that democracy when we need it most. by Olivia Snow Smith,” OtherWords.org. Read more
“What $30 car tabs could cost the Thurston County region”
“Local governments across the state are bracing for other impacts of barring and reducing vehicle-related taxes and fees, if the initiative passes.
“Governing bodies in Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County have passed resolutions opposing I-976, and the city of Olympia sent out a “Vote NO” mailer against I-976 that is being investigated as a possible campaign law violation.
“In many cases, local officials are struggling to put a dollar amount on the potential effects of I-976, and some are easier to predict than others.”
“In Yelm, spokesperson Andrew Kollar said the city is concerned it could delay funding for the second phase of the Yelm Loop project that’s scheduled to begin construction in early 2022.
“‘It’s not clear where they would begin to cut funding, however, it’s simple math that when you remove revenue from a dedicated fund source, you must cut projects,’ Kollar wrote to The Olympian. ‘We are concerned that if I-976 passes, it would have a negative impact on transportation projects in the Yelm area and the entire South Sound region,'” by Sara Gentzler, The Olympian.
“Local Businesses and Habitat for Humanity Make Your House a Home”
“Locally, South Puget Sound Habitat for Humanity actively “seeks to eliminate substandard, unsafe, unaffordable housing in Thurston County.” Families who meet specified income requirements then put in 500 hours of sweat equity building their future home and purchase it at no profit to the organization. Since this branch opened in 1989, 60+ homes have been built for grateful, hardworking local families.
“When it comes time to furnish, finish, or repair your home, visit one of the two Habitat stores. West Olympia and Yelm carry anything and everything you might possibly want, all donated from caring individuals and business-owners throughout Thurston County. Have something to donate? Pick up the phone and staffers will schedule a free pick-up at your site and use the proceeds generated from the sale of those items to build more affordable housing here in Thurston County.”
“Find a list of acceptable donation items online or call 360-956-3456, extension 2, to inquire,” by Kathryn Milllhorn, in Thurston Talk. Read more
Editor’s note: For the first time, last week brought the confluence of pertinent Congressional testimonies, court rulings, and even the Trump Organization exploring selling their D. C. hotel due to pressure because of the emoluments conflicts in the Constitution of the United States. The stories below highlight cracks that are emerging in Trump’s defense. Following a similar path that led to Nixon’s resignation, the key question is, “What is Trump hiding?” as his behavior is not that of an honest man!
“Will Trump shut down the government to fight impeachment?”
“Analysis: Washington is bracing for the prospect that president may seek to let funding lapse in a bid to blame Democrats,” by Jonathan Allen, NBC News. Read more
“Pastor Warns If Trump Is Removed From Office, ‘Guys That Know How to Fight’ Will Hunt Down Democrats”
“Christian church leader Rick Wiles threatened that ‘There’s gonna be violence in America’ if President Donald Trump is removed from office.
“Wiles, [is] the senior pastor at Flowing Streams Church in Florida,” by Jason Lemon, Newsweek.Read more
“New York City Bar Calls for US AG William Barr’s Recusal in Ukraine Matter”
“If Barr does not recuse himself, the bar association’s statement said, “he should resign or, failing that, be subject to sanctions, including possible removal, by Congress,” by Michael Riccardi, New York Law Journal. Read more
“Trump’s DOJ targets his enemies with criminal investigation of its own Russia probe”
“This is an absolutely chilling development. It means that Barr has completely signed on to the theory, being pushed by the likes of Sean Hannity, that the FBI was out to get Trump and spied on him during the 2016 campaign. That theory has long been debunked — even by the DOJ itself. It’s also particularly absurd in light of the fact there’s a credible argument to be made that then-head of the FBI James Comey helped tip the 2016 election to Trump by re-opening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails,” by Lisa Needham, The American Independent Institute. Read more
“What Happened to Rudy Giuliani?”
“The man I worked for in 1993 is not the man who now lies for Donald Trump,” by Ken Frydman, The New York Times. Read more
Robert Samuelson: “Why we should impeach and remove President Trump”
“The Check In: Rick Perry and the Department of Energy”
Click here for the video on Late Night with Seth Meyers from Dec. 15, 2017, still pertinent today.
“Diplomats describe all-time low in morale at State under Trump[and State’s Pompeo]”
“[Current and former] diplomats are increasingly concerned that the White House and senior State Department leadership do not have their backs, particularly after Trump’s allies launched a whisper campaign that ended in the recall of Marie Yovanovitch as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine,” by Reid Wilson, The Hill. Read more
In 2017, then House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump.
“Management decisions that might have slid by in more flush times can now push a business over the edge,” by Ben Popken, NBC News. Read more
“Watchdogs inside government blast DOJ for not referring Ukraine whistleblower to Congress”
“The watchdogs say the Office of Legal Counsel’s decision not to forward the complaint to Congress could ‘undermine the critical role whistleblowers play,'” by Ken Delanian, NBC News.
“The Trump Organization is looking to sell its Washington hotel, reports say”
“President Trump’s family business is exploring a sale of the rights to its Washington, DC, hotel over lingering ethics complaints, the company said in a statement released to the press. ‘People are objecting to us making so much money on the hotel, and therefore we may be willing to sell,’ Eric Trump, an executive vice president with the organization, told The Wall Street Journal. Read more
“Federal judge orders Justice Department to hand over Mueller grand jury evidence [to Congress]”
“Beryl Howell, chief judge of the US District Court of Washington, DC, ruled on Friday that the Department of Justice must turn over all redacted grand jury material in the Mueller investigation to the House Judiciary Committee by October 30. ‘The reality is that DOJ and the White House have been openly stonewalling the House’s efforts,’ Howell wrote in her 75-page opinion. A Trump administration appeal is likely, according to several reports.” Read more
“Trump’s War on the ‘Deep State’ Turns Against Him”
“Over the last three weeks, the deep state has emerged from the shadows in the form of real live government officials, past and present, who have defied a White House attempt to block cooperation with House impeachment investigators and provided evidence that largely backs up the still-anonymous whistle-blower,” by Peter Baker, Lara Jakes, Julian E. Barnes, Sharon LaFraniere and Edward Wong, The New York Times. Read more
“Pizzeria La Gitana Believes in Authenticity, Quality and the Power of the Community”
“Community, authenticity and quality. Those are the closely held values at Pizzeria La Gitana. With locations in both Yelm and Olympia, the owners of Pizzeria La Gitana, Catalin Stanciu and Marian Licxandru, believe in their craft of providing the finest ingredients available and creating an atmosphere as close to an Italian pizza house as possible without having to board a plane. Pizzeria La Gitana’s Yelm location has become a hub over the years, with many diners stopping for a leisurely break along the way to the movie theater, Mount Rainier, or while biking the Yelm-Tenino trail.
“Longtime friends and business partners, Stanciu and Licxandru co-own each pizzeria. Licxandru manages the Olympia location, while Stanciu manages Yelm. The entire operation is family run, with each member contributing their skillset. Stanciu’s and Licxandru’s wives are both involved in the behind the scenes operations of the restaurants, including administration and creating a menu of desserts.
“Originally from Romania, Stanciu had some initial reservations about opening up shop in a small community. Stanciu’s apprehensions were soon cleared after meeting the people who live in and around Yelm.”
“‘We believe in the power of the community,’ says Licxandru. ‘We’ve seen the power of it. That’s one of the beauties of being in Yelm and the community responds to what we sell, what we’re doing. We have live jazz on the patios in the summer, because people say they walk in here and it’s like Italy. And then, they have a taste of the pizza and it reminds them of Italy. And they linger. And that’s the best compliment, someone who stays three hours in our restaurant.’
“To learn more about pizzeria selections or locations, visit the Pizzeria La Gitana website,” by Molly Walsh, sponsored in Thurston Talk.