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Solar power is good business forPUD and NCW

When my husband and I bought ridge-top property in 2004, we resolved that solar energy was in our future. When we looked into it closer this spring, we were incredibly pleased to find that doing the right thing is also financially feasible.

Our local ski areas need us more than ever

I am amazed at how the folks at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club survived the severe financial challenges brought on by the lack of snow last year.

Time to expand the corporate mind for long-term gain

Here’s a depressing statistic: Last year, U.S. companies spent a whopping $598 billion — not to develop new technologies, open new markets or to hire new workers but to buy up their own shares. By removing shares from circulation, companies made remaining shares pricier, thus creating the impression of a healthier business without the risks of actual business activity.

Want a healthier community? Connect the dots

Our North Central Washington communities would be greatly strengthened if we took a focused approach to solving our most pressing challenges — high poverty rates, lack of educational attainment, and serious health issues like as shockingly high teen birth rates.

Editorial: In the Methow, collaboration wins

They worked together, collaborated, compromised, sought a solution rather than pick a fight. That produced results, when two decades as stubborn adversaries brought nothing.

Editorial: At Chelan, they listen

The people of Chelan, both civic and commercial interests, genuinely and fervently wanted Lake Chelan to stay a foot higher in September. The higher lake would enhance the appeal of their greatest asset at a most beautiful time of the year. The Chelan County PUD, which lowers the lake in the fall to capture runoff and manage its Lake Chelan hydroelectric project, was asked to accommodate this request.

Editorial: Ruckelshaus Center provides tools for solutions

You probably have never heard of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center. No matter. It doesn’t seek a high profile. But it represents an approach to solving problems and conflicts that you should know better. It provides the means for adversaries to come together, to find the resources that can point to possible solutions and to compromise. It endeavors to do this for both small conflicts and huge longstanding, seemingly neverending public battles.

Tracy Warner | We fall back just in time

On the walk to work this morning I passed the usual groups of children trudging to school, headed toward the elementary school to the south and the middle school to the west. They must be out for some early activity or the breakfast shift. Many heft backpacks filled, I presume, with books, heavy enough to cause them to waddle like little bipedal turtles, if there were such a thing. I had to swerve around one lad who had pencil in hand, writing in a notebook as he walked, deep in ...

Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday.

In Kentucky, a constitutional moment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So, Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate’s dignity.

Editorial: Highways will pay us back

It is not news. Washington’s economy, as it is in most every modern industrial state, is dependent on moving goods and people from place to place efficiently. Time really is money. Time lost, with products or employees stuck in traffic, is money lost. Money lost reduces profits, from which all our financial strength derives.

Yes, a new hospital is needed

In reading the op-ed piece in The Wenatchee World (“A new Chelan hospital is expensive and not needed,” Oct. 15) submitted by Larry Hibbard and Robert Thompson, I was struck by a few observations:

Innovative partnership aids upper valley poor

Our friends at Upper Valley MEND (Meeting Each Need with Dignity) in Leavenworth are doing some nice community partnerships to help those in need. What they are doing could be replicated in other communities in support of building more compassionate and resilient communities.

More on Ebola, and what to fear

OK, so I will worry about Ebola. It is a reasonable thing to worry about deadly infectious diseases, and Ebola is certainly that. I think we should make great efforts in prudent prevention.