There was some interesting economic development news that came out of the latest “Port Side” meeting convened by the Chelan County Port District. The meeting was held at the Wenatchee Community Center on Wednesday.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the short time that it has been operating, Pybus Public Market has become a shining example of a civic project that engages the community on all kinds of levels. The stunning building and the various events that take place there have created the valley’s first true tourist destination. The ‘wow’ factor is undeniable.
It’s all the buzz on the national wires today. Walmart, largest private employer in the United States, will raise its minimum wage to $9 per hour soon, and $10 by February, 2016, says the New York Times. That applies in some degree to 500,000 of its 1.3 million employees.