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Editorial | No on I-1351

Initiative 1351 on the current ballot is an irresponsible, self-serving, budget bashing measure that exploits a soft spot with voters while hiding the enormous, untenable price they will be forced to pay. Worse, the research suggests all that expense and sacrifice will bring little or no improvement in the education of their children. Nothing.

The city could use your advice

How does the city of Wenatchee regularly receive focused citizen input on a variety of city issues? The city of Wenatchee has nine citizen advisory boards that are appointed by the City Council and have volunteer members that meet regularly and provide input and advisory opinions to the City Council reflecting their perspective on issues that affect the city. These advisory boards are:

Keep Ebola in perspective, OK?

I do not worry about Ebola. It all looks scary with those poor people dying in Africa and all the horrible suffering, but I do not worry about it. The experts in communicable disease tell us that everything’s fine, that my chance of contracting Ebola is less than being stuck by lightning three times during my lunch break Friday. You can’t catch it except when an infected person shows symptoms, like fever, and even then you only get it through contact with their contaminated bodily fluids, like blood and vomit ...

Tackled by the language police

Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins.

To this lawyer, I-594 looks bad

I just finished reading complete text of Initiative 594. This is a terribly written, unnecessary law that won’t solve any problems but will create lots of them. It is well funded however, but grassroots opposition should win over money any day.

Just enforce the laws equitably

It’s a simple story, really. Police ignore laws they otherwise enforce, and the unprivileged public reacts unfavorably.

A new Chelan hospital is expensive and not needed

A strong local hospital providing essential emergency care and basic hospital services is important for the health and well-being of all of us living in the Chelan Valley. Unfortunately, the maintenance and repair of our hospital largely has been neglected in recent years as the hospital commissioners focused on rationalizing a new hospital. In the last five years over $7 million, including $4.1 million for land, has been spent on “future hospital construction” (from annual audit reports). Now the hospital commissioners are asking us to approve a $19 million, 30-year ...

Cooperation in a true calamity

It was an exceptionally beautiful autumn day on our stretch of the Columbia Friday. The river just kept rolling along at 76,000 cubic feet per second. On shore, orchardists and workers were busy harvesting the last of a record apple crop. Coho and chinook salmon were still arriving by the hundreds, adding to the more than 786,000 salmon that had passed Rock Island since spring. Boaters were enjoying the fine weather. Appreciative people strolled on the shoreline trails. All was right with the world.

The double game our allies play

During the 1944 Warsaw uprising, Stalin ordered the advancing Red Army to stop at the outskirts of the city while the Nazis, for 63 days, annihilated the non-Communist Polish partisans. Only then did Stalin take Warsaw.

Fusion, cheap: Keep on trying

Sorting through the electronic press releases Thursday, I spied this headline: “UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal.”

Is Chris Christie running?

NEWARK, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides — he fired them — in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Columbus, snubbed again

Monday is Indigenous Peoples Day in Seattle. The Seattle City Council has voted to celebrate on the second Monday of October the former inhabitants of the shores of what European descendents called Elliott Bay, which lies on a body of water named for a British naval officer, in a city whose name is a rather awkward anglo-phoneticization of a 19th century Duwamish leader’s name, which some say might be better spelled Si’ahl, for a more accurate pronunciation.