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Editorial | Marshals deserving

Their legacy is our everyday joy, the multicultural, multi-generational gathering place, the crown jewels. We all walk the path blazed by Bob Parlette, Eliot Scull and the late Gordon Congdon Sr. More accurately, we all walk or ride or skate or amble by other means the paths the efforts of Parlette, Scull and Congdon helped create or preserve. How appropriate these three were chosen grand marshals of this year’s Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Grand Parade.

Editorial | A small miracle, and salmon pass

They called it a miracle. After an enormous emergency effort, extended fish ladders are complete at the severely wounded Wanapum Dam, and Rock Island Dam upstream. They were in place and functional at virtually the same moment the first salmon of the spring season arrived to pass.

Eidtorial | A legacy of beauty

It was a poignant moment April 12 when Wenatchee Valley Symphony conductor Nikolas Caoile lowered his arms at the close of Samuel Barber’s exceptionally beautiful Adagio For Strings. They were the final strains of Caoile’s final Wenatchee concert, and the knowing audience waited in a prolonged silence before erupting in affectionate applause. It was the kind of musical drama we came to expect from the enormously talented Caoile. He will be missed.

School names resist change

Tradition and history have enormous community value. Ideals, mores, loyalties and attitudes are handed from one generation to another. The outlooks and attitudes of the young are shaped by those who precede them.

Baseball’s sacred temple

Call it a character defect, but I don’t like baseball. And I especially don’t like the Chicago Cubs — losers I never found lovable.

The zealots win again

The debate over campaign contributions is never-ending for a simple reason: Both sides of the argument have merit.

Electric cars, coming soon

It used to be, sightings were very rare. You read about them, saw the magazine articles and features on television news, but you never expected to see one face to face. They were too few, and the odds against a close encounter just too great. Then months ago, to my surprise, while walking down Washington Street, in broad daylight, I saw an electric car.

Understanding our divisions

In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty.

Tax reform is a first step

George Washington, my home state’s namesake, knew something about fiscal policy — though he didn’t use that term.

Northwest Forest Plan at 20

The celebrations have been, shall we say, somewhat muted. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the official adoption of the famed document known as the Northwest Forest Plan, the climax of the great and, we thought, everlasting environmental and economic conflict over the sale of publicly owned trees for financial gain. The great compromise declared an end to the timber wars by placing 85 percent of the region’s federal timber off-limits to commercial logging. At least, it was called a compromise at the time, proposed by the great compromiser ...

Online poll results

Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses
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Some people can’t take a joke

In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the “Late Show,” CBS has waged war on America’s heartland — or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh.

A crucial time for Columbia treaty

The flow of the Columbia dominates our lives and livelihoods. It supplies our power, light, warmth, industry, commerce, food and sustenance. As such, the treaty between the United States and Canada governing our shared responsibilities for the river is of supreme importance. The prospect of changing that treaty is filled with both risk an promise.

To darken the skies

We are such wasteful creatures. We have electricity at such reasonable costs that we feel the need to shine our light everywhere, and turn night to day, even to the point of blotting out the night sky. Can a child in Wenatchee or East Wenatchee gaze out their window and wish upon a star? Not likely. They may not have seen many.

Joy for Grief Place

We grieved in late March after a burglar and cruel arsonist set a fire that wrecked The Grief Place on Fifth Street. We are sure many joined our sadness, as this organization that helps people deal with the loss of loved ones has played such a valued role in so many lives.