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Wilf Woods | All that Jazz, again

This past week was Jazz Workshop for students at six East Wenatchee and Wenatchee schools, a unique learning week.

Charles Krauthammer | The ‘establishment’ nonsense

The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of “establishment,” an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat with the following consolation: If you tally up Trump and Ted Cruz (and throw in Ben Carson), a whopping 60 percent of the vote is anti-establishment!

Tracy Warner | We fight over trade once more

That was quiet. There were representatives of 12 nations, representing 40 percent of the world economy, gathered to sign one of the largest and most comprehensive trade deals in history Thursday and you hardly saw a mention. It is the not-so-heralded 2,000-page Trans-Pacific Partnership, a tariff-breaking agreement among the nations of the Pacific Rim (excluding China). President Obama, whose signature international achievement this is, did not show up. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman quietly supplied the U.S. ink. The signing, by the way, was in the media capital of Auckland, ...

Tracy Warner | Their rights are just inconvenient

Oh, that pesky Constitution. People are more than happy to ignore the inconvenient parts. Our elected representatives take an oath to defend and protect it, then their constituents want to out and out trash the parts that grant rights to people they dislike.
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George Will | In Iowa, signs of civil health

When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (”I drink my little wine ... and have my little cracker”), which apparently was not good enough for enough of Iowa’s evangelicals.

Common Ground | Big Methow mine a terrible idea

I was visiting the Mazama area this week and it occurred to me how the local economy and unique community character would be forever degraded if an industrial-scale copper mine is allowed on Flagg Mountain.

Tracy Warner | He was far more than a clown

I set out for work convinced I would spend the day writing in gratitude for the life of Paul Pugh — educator, administrator, founder and director of the famed Wenatchee Youth Circus, and clown — who died Sunday at age 88. I would do for Paul what should be done — point out his passing is a community milestone and that we have lost someone who shaped a great many lives.
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Eugene Robinson | The self-proclaimed winners of Iowa

The only thing missing from Marco Rubio’s victory speech Monday night was the victory: In Iowa’s Republican caucus, Rubio finished not first, not second, but third. Was he expecting a bronze medal?

Editorial | Fresh air in the fight against fire

Lightning strikes. Our overgrown and diseased forests, rangeland and sometimes our cities burn. Even if not living with the fear that our homes may be destroyed, we choke in the smoke for weeks on end. Then governments pay the accumulated bills, often in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Then next summer we do it again. Then we do it again. Repeat. Repeat.

Editorial | Schools need you

Voters across North Central Washington have received a ballot asking them to approve or reject a replacement maintenance and operations levy for their school district. It would be understandable if there was some confusion. The Legislature and courts have been haggling over education funding for years now, promising to fix this once and for all.

Editorial | Up from the ashes

Four houses may not seem like many when the fires took hundreds. For the families that now have shelter and a home, many months after the flames took everything, it means the world. It’s understandable there were tears of joy shed last week when four new Okanogan County homes were blessed in a ceremony organized by the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group.

Common Ground | How bitcoin and blockchain technologies work

I have been a bit skeptical about the economic value in North Central Washington from the techies who are doing Bitcoin mining, but after doing some additional research and discussing the subject with local entrepreneur Malachi Salcido, I'm beginning to warm to the idea that there may be an economic opportunity for the region.