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Kelley must resign, now

Auditor Troy Kelley occupies the state office perhaps most reliant on reputation and the appearance of honesty and fairness. Its duty is to protect the integrity of public finances, to ensure tax dollars are spent as appropriated and according to law, that every penny is properly tracked, and to guard that nothing, absolutely nothing, is unlawfully diverted for personal gain. Now Kelley faces a 10-count federal indictment accusing him of, essentially, using tricks, subterfuge and deception to take money due the clients of his real estate records business, then concealing ...

Maybe it’s all about the houses

Everyone frets about income inequality. It is the cause of the season, and should be. Its burdens are felt by every working soul and exploited by every I-feel-your-pain politician. We have developed an economy where two-thirds of the populace are condemned to a steady erosion of their standing, while the top fly ever higher. Disparity grows by the day, seemingly not to be stopped, and this has profound social, economic and political ramifications.

We are your guardians

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a group of teenagers who were part of a Scouting organization.

The queen travels by van

See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.

This trade fight affects us all

All the signs are there — the op-eds, left-sided press releases promising a last fatal wringing of the middle class, the threats against errant Democrats, their union benefactors seething and ready to withdraw their campaign subsidies, Republicans enjoying the prospect of Democratic roosters in the pit while they tout their dedication to commerce.

Sustainability gone wild

Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum.

Yes, there’s water in our food

Our astute, highly educated urban population seems to have realized suddenly, we use water to grow food. Some of them are outraged we would do such a thing, or at least that we would water things for which they have some aesthetic or moral disgust, like nuts and red meat.
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Is history finally on Hillary’s side?

That was quick. Strike up “Happy Days Are Here Again” and cue the balloon drop. Better yet, Democrats could skip the whole primaries-and-convention thing and let Hillary Clinton get to work on picking a running mate.

Editorial | Crescent Bar, settle

The long-running dispute between Grant County PUD and the leaseholders at Crescent Bar looks very near a settlement. It appears to be one of those rare moments when litigation ceases with both sides happy, or at least relieved. “We’re delighted,” says Dale Foreman, attorney for the leaseholders. “This is very satisfying,” said PUD Natural Resource Director Jeff Grizzel. “We’d see the end of litigation, but we also see a bright future for Crescent Bar.”

Editorial | Conservation without politics

For 25 years the Washington Wildlife and Recreation grant program has been a model, envied across the nation for its impact, its popularity, effectiveness and for the local enthusiasm it generates for conservation and parks.