On the front page of last Sunday’s World, there was a provocative and dismaying story about how much distrust exists in society today. A national study reveals that only one third of us believe that most people can be trusted, down from 50 percent when the survey was first taken in the 1970s.
In his disproportionate praise of the six-month agreement with Iran, Barack Obama said: “For the first time in nearly a decade, we have halted the progress of the Iranian nuclear program.” But if the program, now several decades old, had really been “halted” shortly after U.S. forces invaded neighboring Iraq, we would not be desperately pursuing agreements to stop it now, as about 10,000 centrifuges spin to enrich uranium.
The Road to 1914 is the subtitle of Margaret MacMillan’s new book, “The War that Ended Peace.” She describes the turn-of-century European politics, with ineffective kings and crumbling Balkan societies and early talk of war.
Considering the recent news about our case being ruled upon by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, one must wonder why government has made monopolies illegal on one hand (for good reason) but on the other hand creates and protects monopolies? The court has dismissed the constitutional challenge which will now be appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States. At the state level we are now left with going back to court or to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission to see if we can somehow figure out ...
As an ordinary American comfortably covered by a spouse’s health insurance plan, I have observed the Obamacare debacle with a kind of detached astonishment. I am not surprised that government faced with extraordinary complexities appears inept. I’ve seen that before. I’m not surprised when elected officials tell people what they want to hear, even if it’s not true. I’ve seen that before. I’m not surprised that people think health care and the insurance to pay for it is far more expensive than it should be. I’ve seen that before. What ...
Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things. They understand the agreement’s manifest and manifold defects and its probable futility. Crucial components of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure remain. U.S. concessions intended to cultivate the Iranian regime’s “moderates” are another version of the fatal conceit that U.S. policy can manipulate other societies. As is the hope that easing economic sanctions will create an Iranian constituency demanding nuclear retreat in exchange for yet more economic relief. Critics are, however, ...
It was 1967 that Bruce and Gwyneth Mitchell gave the old Mitchell home to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society on south Wenatchee Avenue. Since that time, the society has become an essential part of taking care of our valley’s animal population.
The tree fruit folks are in town in big numbers for the Hort convention. Exhibitors are here in big numbers, too, filling the ground floor of both the convention center and the lobbies of the Performing Arts Center and the convention hall.
I was wandering through the exhibits at the Northwest Hort Expo at the Wenatchee Convention Center Tuesday, and was overwhelmed. The sheer high-tech flashiness of it all was impressive. You could spend the next several days gathering information on everything from pheromone sprays to postharvest fungus control to H2A-compliant portable housing. There were dozens of vendors and hundreds of people wandering in an out and hundreds more listening to presentations from a worldwide selection of experts and scientists, and an occasional lawyer, at the Washington Horticultural Association Annual Meeting.
WASHINGTON — “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”
The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and its partners are busy assessing their first united tourism promotional campaign. We do not know how the returns will come in, but expect them to measure a positive impact. The “Wenatchee — What Will You Pick Today” slogan was memorable, but the campaign was best for uniting the communities with a sense of purpose. The stronger effort has already had an impact.