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George Will | The havoc that Trump wreaks

Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.

This fire year, it’s more than acres

Wildfire records are always interesting. We keep score by acres burned. The Carlton Complex of 2014, the state record holder, burned the most Washington ever at 256,000 acres. The sum of the fires known as the Okanogan Complex, now burning out of control, surpass that by a few thousand, but those are not contiguous — at least four fires with four ignition points, not yet joined. They may get the top spot yet. I’m not rooting for them, but bragging rights appear to be up for grabs.

Wilf column: Prepping for next week’s show

We have been listening to the sounds of classical chamber music at our house, as the musicians prepare for a concert at Wenatchee Valley College's Grove Recital Hall on Sept. 3

Eugene Robinson | Will market chaos affect politics?

The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.

Andrew Villeneuve| Upholding our constitution

One hundred and twenty-six summers ago, 75 pioneering Washingtonians convened a constitutional convention to draw up a plan of government for our state. The constitution they wrote remains in effect today. Though it has been amended over the years, much of its original language remains, including the provisions that provide for a balance between majority rule and minority rights. It is this carefully crafted balance that Tim Eyman seeks to upset with Initiative 1366, which would wipe out $8 billion in sales tax revenue over six years if by April ...

Wildfire, and its long reach

I just happened to be walking through the newsroom Tuesday when the reporters were having their morning meeting. It’s an everyday scene — the gatherers of news sit around the big table and in turn say what they can contribute for the next edition. The editor makes note, occasionally adds his advice on the division of labor, makes his list of what stories are coming (they call it a “budget” for some reason). They brainstorm. What’s a good angle? Who would be good to talk to? Is there art (news ...

Editorial Board | The danger we ask them to face

Words alone do not suffice. We have no means to compensate for the loss of life, no gift of solace. Three young men chose to be firefighters, and now they are gone, taken during an act of selfless courage. They were our neighbors’ children, beloved sons and husbands, fresh and strong and intelligent, who chose to risk their lives in furtherance of their duty. They were on the initial attack, the first responders, trying to stop a fire before it could threaten their community, for some their hometown. Everything ahead ...

Editorial Board | Court pushes hard

Perhaps it is best to remember, as our Legislature and Supreme Court engage in a confrontation some now call a crisis, that this all began with a fairly general agreement that the state was not meeting its constitutional “paramount duty” to make ample provision for the education of all its children. The court was correct in its 2012 McCleary decision to insist the state meet is constitutional obligation, to push an obstinate Legislature to fulfill its obligations under law and meet the goals itself had set.

Editorial Board | Basin achievement

This is a brief note to point to a conspicuous case where persistence, collaboration and determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is paying off — definitely for the public good.
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George Will | Trump defines down the GOP

It has come to this: The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of human beings. To will an end is to will the means for the end, so the Republican clamors are also for the requisite expansion of government’s size and coercive powers.
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Common Ground | Schaplow recalls fighting big NCW fires in 1970

Ed Schaplow remembers what it is like fighting a catastrophic wildfire in North Central Washington. The Stayman Flats orchardist was on a crew in 1970 fighting the blazes that threatened Ardenvoir along with Slide Ridge and Mitchell Creek near Lake Chelan.

The immigration swamp

“This was not a subject that was on anybody’s mind until I brought it up at my announcement.”

Citizens, with all the rights thereof

Be you born on United States soil, you are a citizen. It is automatic, universal, undeniable. It has been that way since the founding of the republic, and it was a concept firmly ensconced in English common law prior to that. It was so universally accepted a principle the framers of the Constitution thought it not worth mentioning. Congress and the states adopt rules for naturalizing citizens — people born elsewhere. Natives of the soil gain citizenship at birth. Yes, even the children of immigrants legal or not, even the ...

Trump plans our economic demise

So Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again!” This in part will be accomplished by destroying the Washington fruit industry as we know it. Seriously. This, he says, is how the middle class will rise again and we the non-nation will become a nation — importing most of our food, probably, but a nation at last.