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The GOP racing form: First edition

With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies.

The morning Wenatchee World is coming

Next Wednesday, The World will come to your house in the morning with the freshest news possible. After nearly 108 years of afternoon delivery, you'll be able to wake up with The World and we are excited about what this will mean in terms of serving our communities. However, there will be an adjustment period, so please bear with us if there are challenges.

Who says economics is hard?

Every day the Chinese go to work, Americans get a raise: Chinese workers, many earning each day about what Americans spend on a Starbucks latte, produce apparel, appliances and other stuff cheaply, thereby enlarging Americans’ disposable income. Americans similarly get a raise when they shop at the stores that made Sam Walton a billionaire.

Port disaster lingers with us

It was only a few weeks past when we were piling up our traumatic language, digging deep into the journalistic disaster pack to describe the state of our international commerce. “Catastrophe” was my favorite. I used “staggering” more than once. “Devastation” and “debacle” worked their way in.
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An early look at the GOP field

With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president — in his case, I’m picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora — it’s time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination. I see it as Jeb Bush vs. the field, and I’m not ready to put my money on Bush.

Initiatives could use perspective

These arguments usually start with a preface, that in Washington the people’s right of initiative and referendum is “sacred,” or some other reverential adjective. Popular, maybe. Politically useful on occasion. The first right of the people, the state constitution says. But the process is not holy. It is too often a self-serving mess, infused with contradiction, demagoguery, deception and ignorance that can, and does, result in bad law.

Common Ground: Upper Valley project allows us to create our future

Finding common ground and working together for collaborative solutions is by far the most productive way to get things done. That model worked splendidly when the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, the Trust for Public Land and Chelan County worked together with a multitude of agencies, organizations and individuals to develop a community-based plan protecting the Stemilt basin.

Social inequality’s roots

The rate of dog ownership is rising ominously. How can a profusion of puppies be worrisome? A report from the Raymond James financial services firm concerning trends in the housing market explains: Increasing numbers of women “are adopting dogs for security and/or companionship,” partly because of “the great education divide.”

Council turns toward fairness

Wenatchee has taken a step forward. The city will appoint a committee of citizens and elected officials to investigate the benefits and complications of choosing the City Council by district, rather than citywide at-large elections.

Assess and annex

The very consequential city annexation of Olds Station is hanging fire, not to be consummated for perhaps a year or more due to the unexpected slowness of official property assessments and certification. The city’s Sustainability Committee of top-level financial advisers, who proposed the annexation as one means to advance the financial health of the city, is urging the landowner-requested annexation to move foward with all possible speed lest momentum be lost.