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Iran’s emerging empire

While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.

Disease is out there, waiting

We human beings, so naive, so gullible. We forget so quickly. We are easily lulled into a kind of amnestic stupor. We are warm and secure and beyond well nourished, so much so that the fears that haunted our ancestors have disappeared. Our memories are clean and we are happy and ignorant, and it seems that absent corporate conspiracy or devious government schemes, not much can hurt us.

Port delays hurting us badly

In July, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association began negotiations for a contract to cover the tens of thousands of dockworkers along the West Coast. Now, in January, those negotiations still have not concluded. With each passing day, I hear examples about the negative impact the lack of resolution is having on communities across the state and the country. That is why I am glad to hear that the parties have jointly requested federal mediation as my colleagues and I have urged. However, the hard work ...

For college, taxing the savers

Imagine, you are the middle of middle class. You are the person whose welfare every politician says they worry about. The president of the United States even named his analytic specialty after you — “middle class economics.” You and your spouse have reasonably steady jobs, your combined incomes pay for your house and mortgage, taxes, transportation, expenses and a couple of kids. Life is not easy, but for now ends meet.

The mushrooming welfare state

America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider the data Nicholas Eberstadt deploys in National Affairs quarterly:

Stehekin Road a slap at wilderness

I agree with Cliff Courtney that a trail utilizing the remaining riverside roadbed above the Stehekin River’s Car Wash Falls would be lovely. This is an exceptionally beautiful route and would be great as part of a loop. Indeed, there has been nothing stopping the National Park Service from building such a trail since they made their determination in 2006 not to rebuild the road along the river, except that they have a decades-old backlog of billions. There is no funding to build new trails, or new roads.

Looking for a little bipartisanship

“There are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. And many of you have told me that this isn’t what you signed up for — arguing past each other on cable shows, the constant fundraising, always looking over your shoulder at how the base will react to every decision.

GOP stays stubborn about climate change

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

Cascade Schools’ time is now

Within a community, what is more important than the commitment shown by its citizens to educating its children through quality teachers, programs and facilities? Most would be hard-pressed to think of any community investment of greater significance and with a larger payoff.

On fire services, the voters await

There was another solid step toward regional cooperation and efficiency last week, as the commissioners of Chelan County Fire District 1 voted unanimously to accept the city of Wenatchee’s bid for annexation. The fire district commissioners set the stage for a decision by voters in city and county, likely April 28.

A plan would help

Imagine, your school is singed by horrible wildfire, four times. Your community is devastated by the fire disaster. Your school building has $2 million in damage from smoke and flame, and you only have weeks, days really, before it has to be safe and ready to educate students. What do you do?

Together, revival

In the depths of despair often comes opportunity. It can be seized when determined, perceptive, forward-thinking people see it, and then work together.

Right to Life to rally

Every once in a while, life affords us a very beautiful, pleasant, unusual surprise, a real serendipity.

Obama: Charlie who?

On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as The New York Times put it, “reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities.”

Our Seahawks-Packers analysis

What follows is a rough transcript (very rough, although based on a true story) of Thursday’s Editorial Board meeting, held at an undisclosed location deep inside Wenatchee World world headquarters. For those who don’t know, the Editorial Board is three people who meet once a week for serious in-depth discussions of what topics the newspaper’s weekend editorials will address, and what slant they will take. This was the conversation: