You might have noticed from the headlines we are entering our region’s wildfire-a-day phase, or very close to it. Early in the season it’s clumsy accidents in the dry brush. Later we move up to stupid fireworks tricks, followed by lightning strikes in the brittle forest. We live with hope that we will avoid a third straight year of terrible conflagration, destruction and death. Cross your fingers.
If you want proof of the power of how the Mariachi program in the Wenatchee School District changes lives, all you need to do is talk to students who are involved, hear their stories and discover how they want to make a difference in the community and in the world.
There’s an old adage about a vat of wine standing next to a vat of sewage. Add a cup of wine to the sewage, and it is still sewage. But add a cup of sewage to the wine, and it is no longer wine but sewage. Is this what Donald Trump has done to our politics?
If you travel just a stone’s throw away from downtown Wenatchee, the business-lined streets soon turn into farmland, with countless apple, cherry, and pear trees and grape vines spanning both sides of the road. One of those farms belongs to the family-run, Foreman Fruit Co.
Donald Trump apparently wants to institute something akin to Jim Crow discrimination against Muslims, including those who are citizens of the United States. Is this what the Republican Party wants as well?
Months before the 1940 Republican convention nominated Wendell Willkie, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Theodore Roosevelt’s waspish daughter, said that Willkie’s support sprang “from the grass roots of a thousand country clubs.” There actually was a Republican establishment in 1940, when GOP elites created a nominee ex nihilo.
This is a sweet time of year. There is sun, but not too warm, a cooling breeze, flowers, green grass on the hills, and sweet, sweet cherries. We love cherries, and it’s just as well, because our orchards produce the best cherries in the world. These are the cherries the world loves.
Tom Robbins took a very difficult job at a very difficult time. He became Wenatchee’s chief of police in 2001, when the department had suffered years of tension and scandal, persistent bludgeoning in the media and courts, with public confidence at the lowest possible ebb and officer morale on the bottom step. And he came in smiling.
We tell ourselves we don’t know how to stop them. Even as mass shootings happen seemingly one after another we sit, dumfounded. The horrible massacre in Orlando that took the lives of 49 innocent people is beyond our understanding. Hate is strong and pervasive, we know. Easy access to destructive weapons is the poison that enables irrational rage to turn into mass fatalities. But just at the time when we should act to protect ourselves and our neighbors, we are locked into ceaseless argument and acrimony.