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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.

Wendell George | Billy Frank Jr., up against power

On Oct. 15 Crosscut.com announced it would give its first David Brewster Lifetime Achievement Award in Courage to the late Nisqually leader Billy Frank Jr. Frank led a decades long fight to restore Northwest salmon runs and tribal treaty fishing rights. Frank often risked physical harm and legal repercussions in the struggle for rights granted the tribes by federal treaty. Here is a reminiscence of the era by Colville Confederated Tribes leader Wendell George.

Common Ground | Cashmere gets its sewer plant

It was a big day in Cashmere Tuesday as the new $20 million wastewater treatment plant was officially dedicated. About $6 million of the funds came from a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant, without which it would have been nearly impossible for ratepayers to cover the cost of the upgraded facilities.
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Common Ground | Local ONE.org training a coup for the valley

Wenatchee may have the distinction of being the smallest community in America to offer a leadership training program by ONE.org, an organization dedicated to alleviating poverty and preventable diseases across the globe by mobilizing grass roots support.

That day is nearly here again

Next Saturday morning a carpool of the willing, volunteers and Rotarians, will set out from the Grace Lutheran Church parking lot on their way to the Methow Valley, to face the scars of the horrible Carlton Complex fires and do what they can to help.

Yes on I-594

Background checks are a sensible precaution when selling firearms. They are no cure for gun violence and mayhem, and no threat to the rights of legitimate gun owners, but it is possible they might keep some guns out of unwanted hands, namely away from convicted criminals and people with a certified mental illness. That in some degree is a boost for public safety.

Quincy hospital needs a yes vote

This will be Quincy Valley Medical Center’s year of decision. The hospital lost $800,000 last year, managers say. It owes nearly $4 million to Grant County and the county treasurer says if the debt is not reduced he’ll recommend the commissioners approve no more hospital expenditures. Comes that reckoning, and Quincy Valley Medical Center would have to cut services so severely it essentially will cease to be.

Editorial | No on I-1351

Initiative 1351 on the current ballot is an irresponsible, self-serving, budget bashing measure that exploits a soft spot with voters while hiding the enormous, untenable price they will be forced to pay. Worse, the research suggests all that expense and sacrifice will bring little or no improvement in the education of their children. Nothing.

The city could use your advice

How does the city of Wenatchee regularly receive focused citizen input on a variety of city issues? The city of Wenatchee has nine citizen advisory boards that are appointed by the City Council and have volunteer members that meet regularly and provide input and advisory opinions to the City Council reflecting their perspective on issues that affect the city. These advisory boards are:

Keep Ebola in perspective, OK?

I do not worry about Ebola. It all looks scary with those poor people dying in Africa and all the horrible suffering, but I do not worry about it. The experts in communicable disease tell us that everything’s fine, that my chance of contracting Ebola is less than being stuck by lightning three times during my lunch break Friday. You can’t catch it except when an infected person shows symptoms, like fever, and even then you only get it through contact with their contaminated bodily fluids, like blood and vomit ...

Tackled by the language police

Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins.

To this lawyer, I-594 looks bad

I just finished reading complete text of Initiative 594. This is a terribly written, unnecessary law that won’t solve any problems but will create lots of them. It is well funded however, but grassroots opposition should win over money any day.