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Eugene Robinson | Donald the fire-breathing dragon

WASHINGTON — Don’t be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s bizarre presidential campaign. Don’t even be sure it’s the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Rufus Woods | South Wenatchee leaders show their spirit and drive

When I sat down recently with the leadership team from the United Neighbors Association of South Wenatchee, the first thing they wanted to talk about was the day Steve King, the director of community development for the city of Wenatchee, met with them, listened attentively and took notes.

Editorial Board | Riding for bicycles

Wenatchee’s Tyler Farrar now is riding, riding and riding at the pinnacle of professional cycling, the grueling three-week Tour de France. His many fans in North Central Washington are thrilled to see Farrar back in the race after some years of absence. It is the world’s largest and most-viewed annual sporting event, and being part of it is an achievement generating a good amount of pride in his hometown.

Editorial Board | A year after the fire, in recovery

A year is gone, but the largest wildfire in our fire-prone state’s history still has the power to shock. The devastation of the Carlton Complex fires was so vast, so fearsome, it is still difficult for the ordinary human mind to take it in.

Don’t scare me with pesticides

Chemicals are everywhere, which makes sense, since chemicals make up most everything. Some of those chemicals have nasty-sounding names, assigned in some laboratory, based on scientific nomenclature. We get afraid of things that start with syllables like chlor or di or fen, with suffixes like ide, or ate. We don’t want to eat that stuff.
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Charles Krauthammer | Worse than we could have imagined

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then on Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong.
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Karen Ripley | Communities benefiting from the changes

Karen Ripley, forest health and fuels assistant division manager for the Department of Natural Resources, Wildfire Division, shares her thoughts on how to achieve common ground and manage our forests in a way that reduces the risk of wildfire.
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Matthew Scott | Forest health is vital to business

Matthew Scott, log procurement forester/collaborative representative for Vaagen Brothers Lumber Company, shares his thoughts on how to achieve common ground and manage our forests in a way that reduces the risk of wildfire.