Op-eds

Seattle Times: Fund a national suicide-prevention response network

Seattle Times: Fund a national suicide-prevention response network

By Tina Orwall and Manka Dhingra Special to The Times Imagine you have a family member or friend who is in such emotional pain that they are struggling with suicidal thoughts and have a plan to take their life. What do you do? Who do you call? Since calling 911 is the only option to seek emergency help in life-threatening situations, people in ...

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Child sex trafficking survivors deserve to be protected, not criminalized

Child sex trafficking survivors deserve to be protected, not criminalized

From Crosscut by Manka Dhingra & Tina Orwall & Shoshana Wineburg She was violated and raped in plain sight at all hours of the day and night. She was sold and threatened with violence and death. She scratched and kicked the walls of her motel room. She cried for help from anyone who could hear. Instead of helping, motel staff told her ...

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Property tax relief for seniors, veterans coming in the new year

Property tax relief for seniors, veterans coming in the new year

A new law will help many seniors by raising the property tax exemption limit in King County from $40,000 to $58,423.

From the Kirkland Reporter By Sen. Manka Dhingra Rising property values and living costs are squeezing people here on the Eastside, but not all feel the pinch equally. Our state’s strong economy and the prosperity it brings are the envy ...

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Sex-trafficked children are victims and deserve help — not detention

Sex-trafficked children are victims and deserve help — not detention

This past summer, the world stopped for a moment in collective horror when ultrawealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was once again indicted on a charge of child sex trafficking and sexual abuse of young girls.

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