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Editorial Board | Community starts with housing

Housing prices in our Wenatchee/East Wenatchee metro area are not close to the Seattle-style make-a-millionaire-faint zone, but that doesn’t matter. Everything is relative, even in real estate, and the effects of supply and demand cannot be avoided or ignored. Housing here may not be expensive by some standards, but relative to our incomes it is slowly moving up.

Tracy Warner | This is not the GOP we knew

I will let you in on what probably isn’t much of a secret. I have known a few Republican politicians I thought were pretty smart people, with a good grasp on the ins and outs of public policy. This may make me an anomaly among editorial writers, which matters not at all to me, living as I do in a deep red county, surrounded.

Charles Krauthammer | To each his own Olympics

You may be thrilled by the feats of Katie Ledecky, mesmerized by the grace of the women gymnasts, startled by Rio spectators mocking U.S. soccer star Hope Solo with chants of “Zika! Zika!” (the first recorded instance, noted one wit, of a stadium rocking to the invocation of a virus). Allow me, however, to interrupt the prepackaged, heart-tugging, tape-delayed Olympic coverage to bring you the real sporting news of the year.

Wilf Woods Autumn Leaf Festival turns 52

Kathy and I had lunch this week with Dan Moody, who heads Leavenworth's Autumn Leaf Festival, and Penny Carpenter, another mover and shaker of that town.

George F. Will | Illinois, and our fiscal foolishness

CHICAGO — Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for someone at the epicenter of a crisis now in its second year and with no end in sight. But, then, stress is pointless when the situation is hopeless. Besides, if you can ignore the fact that self-government is failing in the nation’s fifth-most populous state, you can see real artistry in the self-dealing by the Democrats who, with veto-proof majorities in the state Legislature, have reduced this state ...

Tracy Warner | Still amazed by people in a pool

I know. Swimming 200 meters in competition, by means of the freestyle stroke, is a sprint. But it is not a sprint like the 100-meter dash on the track, where every ounce of your being is geared toward going as fast as possible for a few seconds. The 200-meter freestyle is more akin to track’s 400 meters. You go as fast as you can, but not so fast that your oxygen debt kills you before you see the finish line. People who swim longer distances, like 800 meters, usually aren’t ...

Joel Webster | Taking a stand for public land

No matter our politics, most of us watched with rapt attention earlier this year as news reports flooded in from the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. I certainly did. The people behind this takeover demanded that public lands be handed over to the locals, despite the fact that most locals wanted nothing to do with their bombastic claims and flaunting of the law.

Robinson | Brace yourself for an even uglier campaign

It may be hard to imagine, but I fear this election campaign is going to get worse — maybe a lot worse — before it gets better. By the time it’s done, the whole nation may feel like it needs a shower.

Tracy Warner | Send me to the Trump-free zone

Lately I have been challenged by readers and former readers to take a more “fair and balanced” view of presidential candidate Donald Trump. I have been accused of being “biased” and of having an “anti-Trump agenda” and of presenting commentary by “liberals like George F. Will.”

George Will | Trump v. Constitution

Like shipwrecked mariners clinging to a floating mast, many Republicans rationalize supporting Donald Trump because of “the court.” This two-word incantation means: Because we care so much for the Constitution, it is supremely important to entrust to Trump the making of Supreme Court nominations. Well.

World Editorial Board | 30 under 35

For those living under a cloud, with a grim view of the future, there is a tonic. Turn to the Business/Ag section of today’s Wenatchee World and scan this year’s recipients of the 30 under 35 Awards. Better, grab the August edition of Wenatchee Valley Business World and read the individual profiles in the 30 under 35 insert.