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Right to Life to rally

Every once in a while, life affords us a very beautiful, pleasant, unusual surprise, a real serendipity.

Obama: Charlie who?

On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as The New York Times put it, “reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities.”

Our Seahawks-Packers analysis

What follows is a rough transcript (very rough, although based on a true story) of Thursday’s Editorial Board meeting, held at an undisclosed location deep inside Wenatchee World world headquarters. For those who don’t know, the Editorial Board is three people who meet once a week for serious in-depth discussions of what topics the newspaper’s weekend editorials will address, and what slant they will take. This was the conversation:

The Keystone catechism

Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has not yet been built but already is perhaps the most constructive infrastructure project since the Interstate Highway System. It has accomplished an astonishing trifecta:

We can’t sell it if they won’t load it

They are dumping Red Delicious in the canyons and sending apples by the ton to the processor. Millions of dollars in sales are lost every week, every day. Overseas customers who would sell Washington apples by the truckload this worldwide holiday season are empty-handed. Workers in the warehouses lose hours or jobs. Truckers seek loads in some other industry. Apples sit in storage, their value falling with each passing day. Naturally, the growers pay and growers lose.

Returning to the familiar

Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.

A win for trails

Prior to 2003, folks hiking the Pacific Crest Trail between High Bridge and Bridge Creek were routed up onto a bench above the valley floor while the road for motor vehicles traversed the valley down next to the Stehekin River. Many of the hikers chose to walk the road rather than take the trail because the road was much more scenic and cooler. After the road was wiped out by flood in a couple places, hikers no longer had the road option and the only route left was up on ...

Common Ground | Loan fund gets $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo

There is some significant news this week relating to the North Central Washington Business Loan Fund, an organization that specializes in providing assistance to small businesses that struggle to get financing through traditional means.

Port dispute is getting very old

It is good news that the antagonists in the West Coast port labor dispute have mutually agreed to accept the intervention of federal mediators. It is good news but far from cause for celebration. The employers — the Pacific Maritime Association — and workers — represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union — have been in negotiations for a mere eight months with no progress to report. The only apparent reaction has been the some say deliberate slowdown in port traffic that is costing the regional economy upwards of ...

Nobody likes taxes, but we can talk

Some may be thoroughly irritated that Gov. Jay Inslee may shed whatever shaky tax-hike abstinence vows he once made and proposed new and potentially lucrative state revenue sources, including a capital gains tax and a cap-and-trade tax on carbon emissions. Others will be thoroughly frustrated that Ways and Means Chairman Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, would dismiss all tax talk as part of a “deficit myth.” Whatever your leanings and prejudice, appreciate that the issues are on the table. Let the conversation begin.

Hall of Fame deserves Edgar

Let’s see. What are we thinking about today? It’s the usual January menu. Terrorists, taxes, Seahawks, clouds, ice, Visa bills, on-base percentage.

Resolutions to live by

January presents an opportunity to engineer a better year than the last, but many people fail in their intentions by making the mistake of subtracting, when adding is more effective.