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Thought police on patrol

Two months ago, a petition bearing more than 110,000 signatures was delivered to The Washington Post demanding a ban on any article questioning global warming. The petition arrived the day before publication of my column, which consisted of precisely that heresy.

Less equal, and fighting more

Everybody is worried about increased income equality. It’s not just neo-socialists looking for new ways to tar capitalism, or Democrats searching for political energy or an excuse to tax their wealthy enemies. The increased economic polarization in the United States is genuinely something to fret over, because political instability and multi-generational hopelessness are not good for anybody.

A recourse to budgetary inaction

PHOENIX — From the Goldwater Institute, the fertile frontal lobe of the conservative movement’s brain, comes an innovative idea that is gaining traction in Alaska, Arizona and Georgia, and its advocates may bring it to at least 35 other states’ legislatures. It would use the Constitution’s Article V to move the nation back toward the limited government the Constitution’s Framers thought their document guaranteed.

The business of black America

The National Urban League’s 2014 report on the state of black America released a torrent of negative assessments. “Dismal and getting worse,” read one headline. “Blacks behind whites, Latinos in job market, report says,” read another.

Wilf Woods | Spring and a foothills booklet arrive

A booklet full of photos of the Foothills has come from the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust with the following foreword: Thirty, fifty, one hundred yeas from now, the Wenatchee Foothills will be just as beautiful as they are today.

Share the full torture report

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

Online poll results

Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses:

Regulating trivia

While we ponder how government regulation might lower our risk from flood, landslide, avalanche, volcanic eruption and raging fire, it is deeply comforting to know the federal government has stepped in to save us from the hazards of unpruned lavender.

Lessons learned from a tragedy

The landslide near Oso and tragic loss of life has everyone’s attention. This is especially true for governments with some responsibility for anticipating natural disaster and doing something to minimize the impact on life and property. If any good can come of an event as tragic as the Oso slide, this is one small part.

Studs grind away

If you haven’t switched out your studded snow tires, you are late. The deadline was April 1. Of course, that deadline is too late to avoid the $17.8 million to $124 million in damage that studded tires inflict on Washington highways ... every year. You can stand on any busy street corner in mid-winter and hear them grinding on the iceless pavement. You can see the result.

Education front and center

Last year, the Legislature invested an additional $1 billion for K-12 education without raising taxes as a part of its 2013-15 operating budget compromise. It was the first step toward meeting the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision requirements to provide ample funding for basic education.

Wilf Woods | This opera is worth seeing

Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini’s “La Boheme” on the big screen at the Snowy Owl performance center in Leavenworth drew a near capacity crowd for the morning session.

Continuing education — on the job

It’s the time of the year when you can’t throw a rock without hitting a parent or a teenager bragging about college acceptance letters.