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Wilf Woods | Of flutes and brews

It was 7000 B.C. and the excavations in a northern Chinese village of Jiahu turned up six flutes, one of them preserved well enough to still be played.

Vandals strike at the heart

Face it. Vandalism is a crime beyond explanation. Ordinary people with ordinary motives and emotion have difficulty understanding destruction for destruction’s sake. It is much easier to fathom theft, fraud, selling contraband or other forbidden means of personal enrichment. Crimes of addiction, anger or passion at least have some plausible motive. Smashing windows in a high school? Why?

Letters to the editor

I would like to clarify a few misconceptions that seem to be out in the community regarding the Make Your Day behavior program and school staff. First and foremost, the teachers and school staff I have had the immense pleasure of working with have huge hearts for kids. They work tirelessly to give students the best education possible — academically and socially. That means no matter what is happening in their lives outside of school, staff come in each morning and greet children with a smile, prepared to give the ...

A Texas-sized plate dispute

The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.

Wilf Woods | Museum faces changes

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center has had an interim director since early December in Jim Russell, whose mission is to get a permanent one in place and keep the doors open meanwhile.

Can torture be morally just?

In ethics and philosophy courses they call it the ticking time bomb scenario, a classic hypothetical dilemma. Say you are a leader attempting to protect your people from a violent despotic enemy. Your enemy is demonstrably inhuman — torture, mass murder, it knows no ethical bounds, and for that you fear them all the more.

Conservation is a wise investment

We live in a remarkable part of the country with unparalleled natural beauty. The access we have to the wild lands of the North Cascades is highly valued by the people who live in North Central Washington, regardless of their political persuasion.

Wilf Woods | New life for an old road

Senator Linda Evans Parlette’s special report to The Seattle Times this week was a renewed plea for the economic health of Stehekin to open the washed-out road to Cottonwood.

Wind subsidies blow this way

Wind power subsidies are at the crisis stage again. Our wacky Congress is dithering, swaying, offering then refusing, and tax breaks for many things hang in the balance, including generous financial backing for many windmills yet to rise.

The real civil war

Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle.

Nothing to toy with

With the exception of a few Lego sets, the kids in my immediate family are past the age of wanting toys for Christmas. Am I grateful.