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Tracy Warner | Let’s all change the subject

Today Americans gather to give thanks, feast, nurture the love of family and friends and devise clever ways to change the subject. Steering a family conversation is an art few master. Steering it away from politics days after a presidential election is nigh to impossible. At best, political burbles can be held to short spurts of agitation and suspicion. Peace is passed with the turkey gravy.

Tracy Warner | Free speech is worth keeping

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the sacred foundation of our liberty, which forbids any restriction of religion, speech or press, has been declared by the voters of Washington to be worthy of rewrite. Government, which now has almost no power to limit what we say or write about it, should be empowered eliminate all rights of organizations, we say. It should regulate the means by which we express our opinions of our elected representatives. In other words, the First Amendment will no longer guarantee freedom of speech, ...

World Editorial Board | The Y is strong

 Eric Nelson did not make the Wenatchee Valley YMCA an important institution. It was that already when he took over as chief executive in 1993. He did do what many doubted could be done. Under Nelson’s skilled and creative guidance the Y expanded. Its worth to families, from the bottom to the top of the economy, was magnified. Its breadth of services was greater. Its mission to serve youth is a self-evident success. Its mission to promote healthy living cannot be matched. Its mission to give back to the community ...
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George Will | Did academia help elect Trump?

Many undergraduates, their fawn-like eyes wide with astonishment, are wondering: Why didn’t the dean of students prevent the election from disrupting the serenity to which my school has taught me that I am entitled? Campuses create “safe spaces” where students can shelter from discombobulating thoughts and receive spiritual balm for the trauma of microaggressions. Yet the presidential election came without trigger warnings?

Rufus Woods | City seeks nominees for social justice awards

The City of Wenatchee is seeking nominations for Civil Rights and Social Justice awards with the deadline coming up on Dec. 8. The awards, organized by the city's Diversity Advisory Council, honor individuals, groups and organizations for their work on behalf of social justice and civil rights issues.

Wilf Woods | ‘Tis the season for giving

This is the time of year we think of giving to our favorite charities. Charity correlates with happiness, says Arthur brooks of the American Enterprise Association.

Tracy Warner | No Donalds in Canada

I like Canada. I’ve said so many times. I have promoted better U.S.-Canada relations, or at least trans-Okana(o)gan relations. I have Canadian friends. I fish. My daughter ice skates. My wife speaks French (très bien). I am second to none in my admiration of Canadians. Alas, I have never wanted to be one.

George Will | Democrats and their theater of pointless gestures

Seventeen days before President Donald Trump, his spoken oath of office still lingering in the wintry air, lifts his left hand from Scripture (a leather-bound edition of “The Art of the Deal”), the Republican-controlled Congress will begin working. Fittingly, on Jan. 3 the First Branch of government will go first, flexing its somewhat atrophied Article I muscles. 

Wilf Woods | Sharing community successes

Quincy was the subject of the IRIS' seventh-annual summit this week. Its theme was "Community Success," and some 175 from across North Central Washington attended.