December 9, 2019
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Gates Foundation CEO stepping down

The CEO of the world's largest philanthropy is stepping down after five years on the job. Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellman cited family and health reasons in her decision. It was a tough decision, she said.

"But one of my mantras is 'take your own pulse first,'" Desmond-Hellmann said in a tweet. "Over the last few months, I've done just that and concluded that I need to slow down."

Desmond-Hellman was the first CEO to come from outside Microsoft in the organization's 20-year history, The Seattle Times wrote. She worked as a research scientist, physician, and worked multiple positions at the United Nations, including senior adviser to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Her work at the foundation includes investments to fight poverty in the United States, improved access to birth control and support for women in developing countries, and the creation of the Gates Medical Research Institute.

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Spreading Christmas Joy

Vote on U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement for the sake of Washington's economic growth

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Washington's Congressional delegation and Gov. Jay Inslee should advocate strongly for prompt approval of the new trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The nearly complete agreement is enormously important to Washington's economic growth and job creation. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) also substantially improves environmental and labor protections over NAFTA, the 1994 agreement it will replace...

Inslee's support is important. He was a strong advocate for NAFTA while in Congress in the 1990s.

But campaigning for president last summer, Inslee was skeptical of USMCA, siding with wary unions and environmental groups seeking more aggressive mandates...

With Inslee now seeking another term leading trade-dependent Washington, he should be more publicly supportive of progress USMCA makes and benefits it would bring the entire state.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
Speak up

Survey on Snake River dams is online. Help protect the region's economy and fill it out

By The Tri-City Herald Editorial Board

We know December's to-do list is already long, but we've got an important task that must be added to your check-off list: Please fill out the state survey on the Snake River dams.

It can be found at

Don't delay.

We have been critical of this state effort since its proposal nearly a year ago, but now that written comments are being taken we encourage people to fill out the survey and let their voices be heard.

Read the full editorial in the Tri-City Herald.