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What $3.7 billion could do for Chicago

It is hard not to wonder what kind of impact $3.7 billion — the amount President Obama has requested to deal with the child migrant border crisis — might have on the traumatized children of Chicago’s South Side.

Kaizen approach pays off for local patients

Sarah Johnson and her team are leading an effort to create a more collaborative, patient-focused culture at Confluence Health, using the lean manufacturing tools and techniques that made Toyota a world-class manufacturer.

The ice cream and the music

Yes, I was an ice cream man. I worked the streets. Just me, my truck, a music box on loudspeaker, and a freezer full of treats on a stick. My trade was convincing little kids to part with their nickels and dimes, and I was good, very good. On a hot summer Saturday, when the asphalt sizzled and bare feet would burn on the sidewalk, I could move the equal of 1,200 Fudgsicles at a dime apiece, because I was the ice cream man.

They still don’t want tax hikes

Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, and I co-sponsored the Two-Thirds-For-Taxes constitutional amendment initiative this year and worked really hard for the past six months leading its’ signature drive. We recently announced that that effort fell short this time. Initiative 1325 had a single goal: To let the voters decide on a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or majority vote of the people to raise taxes.

Common Ground | Crunch time for LEAP

It’s financial crunch time for the audacious LEAP project, a one-day event that was designed to be a revolutionary celebration of North Central Washington artists.

This is the dawn of our fire season

For the newcomers to our normally placid valleys, we offer this sobering thought: This is normal. Blistering heat, gusty winds so dry they turn the lush to tinder, lightning strikes too numerous to count, people too careless to believe, followed inevitably by raging fires moving faster than humans can run, friends and neighbors ordered to flee, horizons bright orange with flame and the smoke flowing down the slopes to choke us out. It’s routine.

Red Cross, ready

We can appreciate local service organizations before times of crisis, but especially during a crisis, and during any crisis it would be shameful to overlook the work of the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Renew that bank

You may never have heard of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, but some would-be populists in Congress are trying to kill it. They will do it, supposedly, in your name, to protect your tax dollars and public credit and keep the greedy international corporations at bay. But they won’t really. They will kill jobs, hurt business large and small, erode American competitiveness, reduce vital U.S. exports, and then pose as slayers of crony capitalists.

For WVC’s next 75 years

In the fall, Wenatchee Valley College will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Even given the economic juggling of the last several years, we have cause to celebrate.

The immigration no-brainer

As is his wont, President Obama is treating the border crisis — more than 50,000 unaccompanied children crossing illegally — as a public relations problem. Where to photo op and where not. He still hasn’t enunciated a policy. He may not even have one.

Border troops aren’t the cure

You would think the United States southern border is completely pervious, for political purposes non-existent. Given the news that tens of thousands of children from Central America have been apprehended crossing the border illegally, the knee-jerk reaction is to say our border is pathetically porous. “All this gives normal people a feeling of besiegement and foreboding. Is a nation without borders a nation?” wrote an anguished Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal. “It happens that I support immigration legislation. I support amnesty. I have since 2006. But only after ...

College is still worth the price

In theory, this higher education bubble should pop any time now. You know about economic bubbles. That’s when the cost of an investment rises faster than the return, and then surpasses it, and suddenly everyone ducks out. The last people in on the deal take a bath as the value of their investment assets plunge, because nobody wants them anymore.

The NSA’s misguided mission

Even those who believe the National Security Agency’s vacuum-cleaner surveillance of electronic communications does not trample privacy rights should be troubled by this practical implication: If you try to know everything, you end up knowing nothing.