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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 10 at 1:30PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA

Overnight

Lo32° Slight Chance Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday

Hi39° Chance Rain and Patchy Fog then Rain

Thursday Night

Lo34° Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain then Slight Chance Showers

Friday Night

Lo33° Slight Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi47° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi47° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi56° Partly Sunny

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You know that income inequality and social stratification are the great concern of the political season. The rich are getting very rich, the poor are staying poor and most of us in the middle are going nowhere, and this is a genuine concern. It is the great issue of the age, says President Obama and many others.

As usual, recognizing a problem doesn’t mean we can do much about it. The causes of inequality are subject to great debate, and the proposed remedies often devolve into convenient pretexts for purely political action. Raising the minimum wage, for instance, polls well. Our president and our governor and a wide swath of supporters say this is a tool to battle inequality, but for that it will do almost nothing. The poor mostly don’t have jobs and don’t earn wages, minimum or otherwise. The middle, where many minimum wage workers reside in two- or three-earner families, has far bigger problems. The rich won’t be bothered.

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