A few weeks ago, my wife and I sat at Century Link Field watching the Seahawks trounce the Chicago Bears in a pre-season contest. Prior to the start of the game, an immense American flag covered the north end of the field as the national anthem was sung. When the soloist reached “the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” flares shot out of the scoreboard on cue. The effect was impressive. Cheers exploded from the enthusiastic crowd.
With our nation’s political institutions hopelessly gridlocked and seemingly incapable of making meaningful progress on anything of substance, the time is ripe for communities to come together and find collaborative and cooperative ways to become more resilient.
The patience of the Washington Supreme Court has been tested. The justices have had it, or just about. That much came through last week during the historic show cause hearing over the celebrated McCleary school funding case. To be decided is whether the state of Washington and its Legislature will be held in contempt for failure to meet judicial instructions and deadlines, and if they are found in contempt, what punishment would be appropriate and effective.
The old Parkside nursing home on Cashmere Street will host a shower Wednesday. It is a shower of the gift-giving kind, in conjunction with an open house at the new and welcome Parkside Apartments, hosted by the Women’s Resource Center. The shower portion of the festivities will perhaps attract some donated furnishings for the new studio apartments. What’s more important is what these new apartments will provide — shelter for the weak and homeless, for people suffering from mental illness. People who once had nowhere to turn, now do.
We are accustomed to bragging about the fruit grown in North Central Washington, but with all the apples and cherries it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact that the center of the pear universe lies somewhere in the Wenatchee Valley. Yes, Wenatchee to Cashmere to Dryden to Peshastin to Leavenworth, absolutely the best pear orchards in the world. No brag, just fact.
In Washington, we are fortunate to be a hub of innovation, a gateway to the Pacific, and a center of diverse and abundant agricultural commodities. We have become known across the globe and that is a good thing. Washington’s farmers, workers and businesses have taken their place on the world stage. They have done so through expanded trade. Now is the time for new opportunities.
Children you have known, your own or the offspring of friends and acquaintances, the tykes that only recently transformed from adorable droolers into puzzling adolescents, have suddenly passed through another astonishing metamorphosis. They are young adults.
At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.
The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide.
For the time being, your city can ban marijuana shops, just as it can ban other things that annoy its citizens and give its regulators palpitations. It can even ban things state law specifically accommodates and licenses, as long as it’s not a head-to-head conflict or the Legislature didn’t say shut up and take it. City-by-city NIMBYism gets a pass.