What’s been said of confession — that it is good for one’s soul but bad for one’s reputation — can also be true of testifying to Congress, so Lois Lerner has chosen to stay silent. Hers, however, is an eloquent silence.
What an infuriating waste. Chelan County last summer was forced to spend $80,000 to send out 38,000 ballots for a primary election with only one candidate for the unexpired prosecutor’s position. It was a complete and utter waste of time and effort and accomplished absolutely nothing. The pointless primary was required by a state law recently modified to let candidates’ names appear on ballots more often, and therefore enhance their fundraising prospects.
It is with pleasure we repeat the news that Omak High School and Bridgeport Middle and High School have earned the Career Guidance Award of Excellence from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. They are honored for the “outstanding work in their college and career readiness programs.”
Oh, what havoc can be wreaked by one narrow crack in one pier in one spillway at one dam on the mighty Columbia. We are finding out the hard way, and in the process learning just how much we rely on every dam in the river.
The long-thwarted plans of a pair of Stehekin brothers to run a modest ferry service on Lake Chelan could be the lever that lets the Supreme Court spell out more clearly when and how government can abridge your “privileges and immunities” — in other words, when can government tell you what you cannot do. The navigable waters of our great and beautiful lake may yet flow through the Supreme Court docket, and produce a significant legal precedent.
As many of you may have heard, we here at North 40 Productions are producing a film entitled “Lifted” that celebrates the love skiers and snowboarders have for their sport and their home mountain, set at our local ski area, Mission Ridge. Once finished, after throwing a giant party with the Mission Ridge community, the plan is to push this movie in front of a much wider audience through national broadcast television and worldwide digital platforms like iTunes and Netflix.
If you wondered if funneling most of North America’s increasing coal exports through the Pacific Northwest might have some serious environmental consequences, you will have to wait awhile for answers to the big questions. For example: Will exporting 70 million metric tons of coal annually from Northwest ports by 2017, as some estimates project, contribute significantly to the buildup of atmospheric greenhouse gases and therefore hasten the coming climate catastrophe? Will a sizable increase in coal train traffic significantly degrade air quality in the Northwest?
President Obama used very personal terms to introduce his “My Brother’s Keeper” campaign to help young minority men with a variety of coordinated intervention efforts. Citing his own childhood struggles, his anger and subsequent poor decisions — including drug use — Obama made clear that this new effort is very dear to him.
The term “statesman” isn’t used much these days, not as it once was understood, to describe a leader adept at using the tools of politics and government for constructive purposes. Politics is now mostly destructive, a game to tear down, not build up, and so there are not many, if any, who deserve the label. Don Moos I’m sure thought that a pity. Don Moos was a statesman.
One hundred years after a spark in Central Europe ignited a conflagration from which the world has not yet recovered and from which Europe will never recover, armed forces have crossed an international border in Central Europe, eliciting this analysis from Secretary of State John Kerry: “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century. It really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G8.”
I bumped into Sara Lippert down at the Pybus Market and she had a fistful of info about our college’s “Alumni Loyalty Program.” Wenatchee Valley College approaches its 75th anniversary with a pitch to local businesses to join in helping thank WVC alumni for supporting the college.
WASHINGTON — At the risk of repeating myself, the federal minimum wage is far too low and needs to be raised. Republicans who claim to be worried about lost jobs can dry their crocodile tears, because a few simple measures would get all those jobs back — and lots more.