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Withering of the death penalty

WASHINGTON — Without a definitive judicial ruling or other galvanizing event, a perennial American argument is ending. Capital punishment is withering away.

No headline

Recently we have read three articles about Warren Buffet’s oil trains transporting oil from the Dakotas through Washington to the coastal refineries. The Wenatche World did a good job of reporting on the enviromental dangers this poses. Unfortunately, they did not report the rest of the story. Here is the rest of the story.

Continue embracing multicultural future

Ricardo Sanchez of the Latino/a Education Achievement Project says that during his many years advocating for Latino issues, he has had greater success by being less combative and instead encouraging people to test their assumptions and think deeply about the issues.

Obama drills a hole in policy

WASHINGTON — Here are two facts that cannot be reconciled: The planet has experienced the warmest January-through-March on record, and the Obama administration has authorized massive new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

Common Ground: AOTA improves area

Art on the Avenues continues to make important contributions in our valley. The sculptures that the group brings to the community and the wonderful Beauty of Bronze program for kids have made this a more interesting and art-enriched place to live.

Wilf Woods | An early show of hands

The oldest art form was traditionally found in caves in France and Spain, with pictures of animals dating to more than 30,000 years old. But an even older find comes from southeast Asia, where handprints have been dated to more than 39,000 years old.

Jeb Bush’s unfortunate honesty

You know we’re off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

The return of the runner-up

A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012.

The heart of Entiat

The confluence of the Entiat and Columbia is a place of beauty. The Columbia shoreline to the north is serene and peaceful, blessed with fantastic river views. The Columbia, pooled behind Rocky Reach Dam, is a recreational resource with few rivals. As you stand on the shore, the gorgeous enormity of the scene belies the fact that at your feet lie the submerged streets of the original town of Entiat.

Raised properly

The Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials has voted to give state legislators an 11.2 percent pay raise, plumping their salaries to $46,839 a year by September, 2016.

Oil trains, and what can happen

Railroads are quick to point out they invest millions yearly on safety and track maintenance, and this is true and appreciated by those who live nearby. But still, things happen.

Save Obama (on trade)

That free trade is advantageous to both sides is the rarest of political propositions — provable, indeed mathematically. David Ricardo did so in 1817. The Law of Comparative Advantage has held up nicely for 198 years.

Born in the U.S., more than likely

Don’t make assumptions. Don’t reach conclusions about people based on appearance or stereotypes or your outdated experience. Chances are you will be wrong.