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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 Don’t reach conclusions about people based on appearance or stereotypes or your outdated experience.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.

In childhood, risk is inherent

Controversies about “free-range parenting” illuminate today’s scarred cultural landscape. Neighbors summon police in response to parenting choices the neighbors disapprove. Government extends its incompetence with an ever-broader mission of “child protection.” And these phenomena are related to campus hysteria about protecting infantilized undergraduates from various menaces, including uncongenial ideas.

Protest where it really counts

It is a position reasonable people can take, to protest the further sale and use of fossil fuel and the persistent dumping of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It is reasonable to bemoan the continued despoiling of the Arctic wilderness by oil drilling.
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For those who cannot tolerate Christianity

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians — inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party’s base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.

Tracy Warner | Habitat: 25 years and 50 houses

They bring people together to build homes, build community and build hope, says the mission statement of Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Wenatchee Area. The fundamental principle is that everyone deserves a decent place to live. It is a key to human dignity. When a family that otherwise would do without steps into a solid home, a home that is their own, we are lifted up with them.

Wilf Woods Talking about Talking Rain

Sales of Sparkling Ice, the primary drink of Talking Rain, has propelled revenues of that company from $10 million to $500 million since 2010.
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Onward Christian Huckabee

In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats’ presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a gathering of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism rendered him unfit to be president. This was an opinion vociferously promulgated by Norman Vincent Peale, a broadcast preacher and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking.” The man introducing Stevenson said the candidate had been invited only “as a courtesy” because Peale “has instructed us ...

Teachers take a walk for politics

Wenatchee School District teachers have voted not to work on May 18 to press their case for greater funding for public education and higher salaries and benefits. Eastmont teachers may soon vote to do the same.

Housing for harvest

Those who followed the farmworker housing debate over the last several decades should look at the Brender Creek Seasonal Farmworker Housing complex newly opened in Cashmere, and smile. The $6 million complex is by all appearances a place of true comfort and safety for up to 200 seasonal workers and their families, with amenities only imagined by a previous generation. It is a project of the Washington Growers League, which also operates the Sage Bluff Seasonal Farmworker Housing near Malaga. The projects are funded by fruit growers and grants. Workers ...

Common Ground | Emotion Revolution helps students build resilience

There’s an interesting new national effort to help provide emotional support for high school kids. It’s called “Emotion Revolution,” a joint initiative of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

Wilf Woods ‘By the River’

Jane Nagler's memories of growing up in eastern Oregon have pushed her into writing a new historical novel, and she is following that up with more to come.