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It’s more than a flag

Our symbols count. A Confederate battle flag raised over a southern statehouse at the height of the civil rights movement sent a message — defiance of federal authority, and support for the brutal subjugation of a race. The flag sent that message in 1861, 1961, and still today. We are not sorry to see it go.

Congress, renew it

Here we go again. In less than 100 days one of the federal government’s most successful conservation funds will disappear, unless Congress can move beyond its hidebound paralysis and act. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established at the urging of Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson in 1964. It diverts a portion of federal oil and gas lease revenue to local conservation projects. In Washington alone it has provided more than $600 million in grants, funding projects from Lake Wenatchee State Park to Blackbird Island to Lake Chelan. It ...

Make use of Floyd’s legacy

Praise and plaudits continue to flow for Washington State University President Dr. Elson S. Floyd, more than a week after his death from colon cancer and its many complications. It is sometimes the case when great men pass unexpectedly, that the effusive praise is excessive and undeserved. That surely is not the case with Dr. Floyd, whose tireless efforts helped raise WSU and build its reputation as a preeminent institution of higher learning, dedicated to its land-grant mission — to gather and disseminate knowledge to benefit the region’s economy and ...

Charles Krauthammer | On lowering the flag

After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control.

What you can get at a ‘university’

I was “surfing” late one night when I stumbled on my high school reunion website. They posted our post-high school plans in 1968. The smart, rich kids were headed off for Stanford and other fancypants schools back East. The working class kids all made comments about attending the “University of Chabot,” also known as the local community college (Chabot College in Hayward, Calif.).

A law that sloppy has to be saved

It was demonstrated again Thursday. The Supreme Court of the United States does not think, reason or act in a sealed environment. It does not gasp for intellectual breath in a vacuum. It ponders the consequences of its rulings. It will, for lack of a better term, twist its legal logic ever so slightly to avoid social, political and economic calamity. Those who insist on judgment full-speed ahead, rule of law enforced word for word regardless of whatever turmoil strict construction might bring, equivocation be damned you wimps, are not ...

The Ancient One is waiting

It is difficult to get a grip on things 8,500 years ago. When the Ancient One, also known as Kennewick Man, was wandering the shores of a great river of the West, from our Euro-perspective there as yet was no history. By the biblical account, for scholars counting backward, the world didn’t yet exist. The creation, they believe, wasn’t going to happen for another 2,500 years. Father Abraham wouldn’t head west for 4,500 years. Moses wouldn’t lead the Israelites out of Egypt until 5,000 years after the Ancient One, also ...

George Will | Questions for candidate Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s reticence is drowning out her message, which is that she is the cure for the many ailments that afflict America during a second Democratic presidential term. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called her “the most opaque person you’ll ever meet in your life,” but when opacity yields to the necessity of answering questions, here are a few:

The day Betty scared them all

Politics is filled with no-hopers, one-timers, tokens and tackling dummies — people who run against a well-heeled and vastly advantaged candidate, when all logic says they have no chance. I have seen a lot of those. Sometimes I admire their integrity, despite the utter futility of their cause. Sometimes they are just big egos spending other people’s money.