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Special Olympics back for the 25th

It begins today, for the 25th time. Thousands of athletes, coaches, family and friends arrive in Wenatchee for the Special Olympics Washington Winter Games. We hope these guests know just how welcome they are, and how flattered this city and region are to host such a wonderful and inspiring event for the last quarter century. The Winter Games are a highlight of the sporting year.

Looking beyond the RN

With an increasingly diverse population and the rise of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, which now affect almost half of all Americans, care is more complex in every setting — hospitals, home, skilled-nursing facilities, ambulatory care, and clinics. And that complexity calls for new roles for nurses.

More salmon, and more wanted

From deep in my college memories, I recall one definition of politics as “the exercise of power, influence and authority.” In the Northwest, salmon are politicians. They are power for the metaphorical machine that drives decisions on billions of dollars of public spending. They influence our outlook, our actions and plans for the future. They supply political leverage and motivation for countless government actions, programs and appropriations.

Natural space, for learning

For those of us who have grown up with a lifelong love of the outdoors, it might seem unimaginable that some of Wenatchee’s children don’t feel like our landscape is relevant to them. The outdoor classroom was as important to my academic development as to the development of my character and sense of belonging in the world. The experiences I had on many river trips, hiking and outdoor adventures throughout my life fueled my passion to pursue education and a career path that would allow me to provide these kinds ...

Reversing course in Illinois

CHICAGO — The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the last six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner, it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.

Fight climate change — vote

Human-caused global warming is a fact that can no longer be credibly denied. But while the need to find solutions is urgent, our political system is having a maddeningly hard time getting around to meaningfully addressing it.

The GOP’s self-deception

Republicans had better divert some of their campaign cash toward finding a cure for Obama Derangement Syndrome. If they don’t, their nemesis will beat them in a third consecutive presidential contest — without, of course, actually being on the ballot.

Oil trains still rolling along

Accidents come with statistical near-inevitability. Unless you cease your risky behavior, it is difficult technically to reduce the chance of an accident to zero. If the probability is something above zero, then accidents will happen, somewhere, sometime. You can do what you can to reduce the chances, and lessen the consequences, but whatever you do, it will happen. You or your successors will have to deal with it.
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Buying exoskeleton demonstrates vision

To see Dr. Ed Farrar take steps with the help of an exoskeleton device is thrilling. After spending five years in a wheelchair after an accident, Farrar first tested one of these computerized rehabilitation devices in California last year.

Wilf Woods | Hooray for sight!

Like many others, I have been using eye drops for years under the care of Dr. J. M. Britt of the Eye and Ear Clinic.

A miraculous step

To stand, to walk. It is an incredibly complex and difficult process even for people with healthy neuromuscular systems. For the disabled, there is no such thing as one small step for mankind.

Recognize them

There is a hero near you who deserves something — recognition. These are the selfless, active volunteers in service, the people who make this a better place. They may not care for attention, but it’s important, because recognition creates more of them.