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Tracy Warner | A debate or a baseball game?

I was watching the baseball playoffs, to tell the truth. Toronto Blue Jays v. Texas Rangers was the game. The noisy fans in Toronto Sunday seemed totally oblivious to the fact that somewhere south of the border candidates for president of the United States were trading insults incessantly in their second “debate.”

World Editorial Board | I-1464: Say no

An earlier version of this editorial stated incorrectly that surplus funds would cover candidates lost wages or go to political parties. The initiative states that if there are public funds in surplus following a campaign, they will be returned to the Public Disclosure Commission in proportion to the percentage of campaign funds received.

World Editorial Board | Secrecy for dues

The ballot title of Initiative 1501 might make you think it’s about protecting vulnerable seniors from identity theft. Voters are not likely to see a problem with that, just the reaction the authors intend.

World Editorial Board | This pay raise may backfire

Washington’s voters are good people with good intentions. Washington’s voters are kind and generous. They prove it, time and time again. Many expect them to pass Initiative 1433 without a second thought, raising the state’s minimum wage to $13.50 per hour by 2020 and mandating paid sick leave for all.

Tracy Warner | What will get us out of the car?

How do you persuade people to cut back on fossil fuels for transportation? This is an increasingly important question in our age, when climate change threatens and atmospheric carbon rises to unimaginable levels. It is important here in Washington, where the fuel we burn to move from place to place produces nearly half our greenhouse emissions.

Charles Krauthammer | The stillborn legacy of Barack Obama

Only amid the most bizarre, most tawdry, most addictive election campaign in memory could the real story of 2016 be so effectively obliterated, namely, that with just four months left in the Obama presidency, its two central pillars are collapsing before our eyes: domestically, its radical reform of American health care, aka Obamacare; and abroad, its radical reorientation of American foreign policy — disengagement marked by diplomacy and multilateralism.

George Will | The ‘quiet catastrophe’ of men choosing not to work

The “quiet catastrophe” is particularly dismaying because it is so quiet, without social turmoil or even debate. It is this: After 88 consecutive months of the economic expansion that began in June 2009, a smaller percentage of American males in the prime working years (ages 25 to 54) are working than were working near the end of the Great Depression in 1940, when the unemployment rate was above 14 percent. If the labor force participation rate were as high today as it was as recently as 2000, nearly 10 million ...

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The Eastmont Metropolitan Park District bond will be used to fund two capital projects.