I thought I’d call the Red Cross Apple Valley Chapter Tuesday, to get a feel for how the fire relief efforts were going, maybe find out a little bit more about what people might need. I dialed the given number, 663-3907, and got a recording suggesting that lines were busy, please call back. And I called back, and called back, and then got Red Cross volunteer Sue Frese on the line. It sounded like she was working one of those political boiler rooms. The background was filled with voices, obviously ...
We face fearsome forces of nature. Fires in dry tinder pushed by 30 mph winds are unstoppable by ordinary or extraordinary effort. We cannot order the wind to cease or the flames to slow, any more than King Canute could hold back the sea. Humans, with all their clever and powerful machinery, are puny in comparison.
What do you say to someone who just lost their home? Is there something meaningful to contribute to people who hours before saw much of their town swept away by a wave of flame? Not just one house or two, but the town? The work of countless people over a century, to make their home and their livelihood and raise their families where Methow meets Columbia, is now an orange glow in a rearview mirror, a column of ash they’ll pick up on Seattle weather radar.
Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.
If you want a break from your fire evacuation prep, packing the photo albums, passports and tax records, you might want to ponder the latest reality avoidance in Congress. It may divert your anger, as you marvel at the many ways fiscal irresponsibility can be taken to new heights. It truly is astonishing.
Much as we may hate to admit it and don’t want to think about it, our burning of fossil fuels and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere increases the greenhouse effect. This results in climate change. It costs us. Local costs include the loss of agriculture in the Yakima Valley as less summer snowmelt is available for irrigation because more winter precipitation falls as rain in a warmer climate. National costs include the billions of dollars the U.S. government spends annually on imported oil and subsidies to the fossil fuel ...
It is hard not to wonder what kind of impact $3.7 billion — the amount President Obama has requested to deal with the child migrant border crisis — might have on the traumatized children of Chicago’s South Side.
Sarah Johnson and her team are leading an effort to create a more collaborative, patient-focused culture at Confluence Health, using the lean manufacturing tools and techniques that made Toyota a world-class manufacturer.
Yes, I was an ice cream man. I worked the streets. Just me, my truck, a music box on loudspeaker, and a freezer full of treats on a stick. My trade was convincing little kids to part with their nickels and dimes, and I was good, very good. On a hot summer Saturday, when the asphalt sizzled and bare feet would burn on the sidewalk, I could move the equal of 1,200 Fudgsicles at a dime apiece, because I was the ice cream man.
Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, and I co-sponsored the Two-Thirds-For-Taxes constitutional amendment initiative this year and worked really hard for the past six months leading its’ signature drive. We recently announced that that effort fell short this time. Initiative 1325 had a single goal: To let the voters decide on a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or majority vote of the people to raise taxes.