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Wildfire, and its long reach

I just happened to be walking through the newsroom Tuesday when the reporters were having their morning meeting. It’s an everyday scene — the gatherers of news sit around the big table and in turn say what they can contribute for the next edition. The editor makes note, occasionally adds his advice on the division of labor, makes his list of what stories are coming (they call it a “budget” for some reason). They brainstorm. What’s a good angle? Who would be good to talk to? Is there art (news ...

Editorial Board | The danger we ask them to face

Words alone do not suffice. We have no means to compensate for the loss of life, no gift of solace. Three young men chose to be firefighters, and now they are gone, taken during an act of selfless courage. They were our neighbors’ children, beloved sons and husbands, fresh and strong and intelligent, who chose to risk their lives in furtherance of their duty. They were on the initial attack, the first responders, trying to stop a fire before it could threaten their community, for some their hometown. Everything ahead ...

Editorial Board | Court pushes hard

Perhaps it is best to remember, as our Legislature and Supreme Court engage in a confrontation some now call a crisis, that this all began with a fairly general agreement that the state was not meeting its constitutional “paramount duty” to make ample provision for the education of all its children. The court was correct in its 2012 McCleary decision to insist the state meet is constitutional obligation, to push an obstinate Legislature to fulfill its obligations under law and meet the goals itself had set.

Editorial Board | Basin achievement

This is a brief note to point to a conspicuous case where persistence, collaboration and determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is paying off — definitely for the public good.
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George Will | Trump defines down the GOP

It has come to this: The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of human beings. To will an end is to will the means for the end, so the Republican clamors are also for the requisite expansion of government’s size and coercive powers.
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Common Ground | Schaplow recalls fighting big NCW fires in 1970

Ed Schaplow remembers what it is like fighting a catastrophic wildfire in North Central Washington. The Stayman Flats orchardist was on a crew in 1970 fighting the blazes that threatened Ardenvoir along with Slide Ridge and Mitchell Creek near Lake Chelan.

The immigration swamp

“This was not a subject that was on anybody’s mind until I brought it up at my announcement.”

Citizens, with all the rights thereof

Be you born on United States soil, you are a citizen. It is automatic, universal, undeniable. It has been that way since the founding of the republic, and it was a concept firmly ensconced in English common law prior to that. It was so universally accepted a principle the framers of the Constitution thought it not worth mentioning. Congress and the states adopt rules for naturalizing citizens — people born elsewhere. Natives of the soil gain citizenship at birth. Yes, even the children of immigrants legal or not, even the ...

Trump plans our economic demise

So Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again!” This in part will be accomplished by destroying the Washington fruit industry as we know it. Seriously. This, he says, is how the middle class will rise again and we the non-nation will become a nation — importing most of our food, probably, but a nation at last.
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George Will | Honoring Ike with a monstrosity

We could wearily shrug, say “Oh, well,” and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. But long after its perpetrators are gone, it would squat there, representing Washington at its worst and proving that we have forgotten how to nurture our national memory with intelligent memorials.

Lisa Pelly | Let us keep it, a fund for our ways

Across our state, and particularly here in Central Washington, we are facing unprecedented drought and warm weather, and the accompanying water shortages affecting irrigators, our rivers and streams and our wildlife and fish. It is more important than ever for us to invest in the types of conservation that make our rivers and watersheds more resilient. Protecting watershed lands keeps our rivers fuller, cooler and cleaner, with water for people, our farms and our fish. Unfortunately, our premiere federal program for doing this critical work, the Land and Water Conservation ...
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Eugene Robinson | Clinton is her own worst enemy

This isn’t about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn’t even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It’s about basic respect — for us and for the truth.