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Tracy Warner | Religion does not justify this

If you operate a public accommodation — a store, a restaurant, hotel, clinic, or maybe a florist shop — you cannot discriminate against several categories of customers. For instance, you cannot refuse service on the basis of race or religion, as in turning away a black customer, or a Jewish customer. Everyone should agree this is fundamental, and a good thing, for without this standard we would we would slip back to the injustice and reprehensible oppression of our recent past.

Tracy Warner | Can Trump stop the robots?

I felt sadness and optimism simultaneously. That was my reaction reading Wednesday’s followup with the former employees of Alcoa’s curtailed Wenatchee Works aluminum smelter. Reporter Christine Pratt checked up on laid-off employees interviewed a year ago. Most had difficult times, but bounced back to find jobs or train for new professions. Their new jobs, or the jobs they hope to take after schooling, tend to pay less than Alcoa, often with less generous benefits, but they are rebuilding and their families are intact. It was heartening to see them bounce ...

George Will | Congress, not the president, should raise tariffs

In theory, if only occasionally in fact, Congress plays a role when a president wants to initiate military hostilities. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah thinks Congress should also have a say when a president wants to initiate a trade war.
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Eugene Robinson | The GOP’s profiles in cowardice

WASHINGTON — Imagine how Republicans would have reacted if former president Obama had attacked a retailer for dropping his daughter’s product line. Or asked senators to confirm a Cabinet pick who said guns are needed in schools to defend against grizzly bears. Or tried to undermine the independence of the federal judiciary. Or equated the United States’ moral standing with that of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Tracy Warner | The publisher as we knew him

I have told this story so many times I can’t recall if I ever put it down here, but with the passing of our chairman Wilfred Woods Saturday, I feel compelled to describe the view from his employees.

World Editorial Board | Children, a priority

So much to do. Our Legislature carries a heavy burden. Members must resolve one of the great questions of the age — how to fully fund public education — while retaining the means to address smaller projects, like reforming the mental health care system and passing an operating budget that pays for it all. With an overflowing plate this would not be the time to create a new state agency with Cabinet-level authority over myriad programs for children and families.

World Editorial Board | Coffee for Erik

We see many acts of generosity in our community, but we were particularly touched by the recent efforts of Dutch Bros Wenatchee Valley. The coffee chain donated a full day’s proceeds to cover the medical expenses of Erik Rodriguez, a local 22-year-old suddenly struck by heart disease, who underwent a transplant in January at the University of Washington. Rodriguez’ brother Ivan is a Dutch Bros manager.

World Editorial Board | Judiciary says what the law is

It may be that President Trump’s executive order on immigration from seven mostly-Muslim nations ultimately will be upheld, perhaps by the Supreme Court. As some legal experts predict, the justices may indeed tell us the law gives the president great latitude on issues of national security and immigration, and that renders other constitutional questions irrelevant. We will see.

Tracy Warner | Trump still has promises to keep

In March a year ago I wrote a column headlined, “Hello Trump, goodbye apples.” The theme was this: “We should point out that Donald Trump will destroy the Washington fruit industry, and a good share of Wenatchee along with it. This is a minor issue to most of the nation, but not here. Maybe we should start packing.”
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Charles Krauthammer | The travel moratorium: A hopeless disaster

Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since the presidential grant of authority to exclude the entry of aliens is extremely wide and statutorily clear. The judge who issued the temporary restraining order never even made a case for its illegality.