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Washington's viticulture community is lobbying to allow minors in wine making programs to be able to taste wine, so Dori thinks we should change our state motto to: "Sip...swirl...but don't swallow." (AP Photo)

My new crusade: We need a new state motto!

Dori writes...

In these divisive times, I've been looking for a cause to champion that can bring together our citizens regardless of their political and social beliefs. I think I have found it.

Don't the people of our state deserve a state motto that reflects our hearty, pioneer spirit?

Other states have great, inspiring mottos:

- Iowa: "Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain"

- New Hampshire: "Live free or die"

- New Jersey: "Liberty and prosperity"

- West Virginia: "Mountaineers are always free"

And what is the Washington state motto?

"Al-ki" which means "by and by".

By and by? What a wimpy state motto. We need a motto that more accurately reflects the people of our state and our divine leadership in Olympia.

This week, the state legislature moved forward with a bill that will allow 18-to-20-year-olds to taste alcohol in college classes - AS LONG AS THEY DON'T SWALLOW THE BOOZE!!!

As one member of our legislature said: "they will be allowed to savor the wine, as long as they spit it out".

As soon as I heard that, I realized, that would be the foundation for a great new state motto that more accurately reflects our people and these times.

And so, this is my new crusade. I want to change our state motto from "Al-ki" to...

"Washington: Sip...swirl...but don't swallow"

You can take it literally... or you also also interpret it as advice to visitors: "Come enjoy our mountains and rivers - but then, get the heck out!"

It will instantly be the greatest state motto in this great nation of ours. I'll need all the help I can get. Are you with me in my new crusade?

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