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Community input sought to enhance Pybus Market

In the short time that it has been operating, Pybus Public Market has become a shining example of a civic project that engages the community on all kinds of levels. The stunning building and the various events that take place there have created the valley’s first true tourist destination. The ‘wow’ factor is undeniable.

Minimum wage rising on its own

It’s all the buzz on the national wires today. Walmart, largest private employer in the United States, will raise its minimum wage to $9 per hour soon, and $10 by February, 2016, says the New York Times. That applies in some degree to 500,000 of its 1.3 million employees.

Abolish the filibuster

I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear.

Wilf Woods | A paperboy who turned dimes into quarters

Tib Plughoff of Omak remembers his paperboy days. He writes: “Before I obtained my route I sold by the Mecca barbershop. The trick was to put the paper into the person’s hand while they still had their change (haircuts were 75 cents and they had two bits change) so often the 10 cent paper was purchased for a quarter. Pretty tricky, I might add. But then Wenatchee Daily World paperboys (there were no girls) were resourceful and did not like to take no for an answer...only one thin dime made ...

Our schools and our diseases

I had the mumps. If you don’t know, mumps is a once-common childhood disease. It is a memorable infection, at least the parts after the fever subsides. I remember well the primary symptom, severe swelling of the salivary glands until you look like Dizzy Gillespie going for a high C. It was painful enough to stick in my memory for nearly 60 years, even if I avoided the more common complications, like meningitis. You do not want your child to get the mumps. Believe me.

War authorization’s difficult debate

Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not have taken, with a war to authorize. The debate concerns an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State and also against ...

Cliches: Just that simple

I am an unashamed appreciator of cliches. Maybe it’s because I started out in life as an English language learner, clinging to familiar idioms, or because I was thrilled to hear the language of school spoken at home when my parents practiced their English.

Wilf Woods | A paperboy who turned dimes into quarters

Tib Plughoff of Omak remembers his paperboy days. He writes: “Before I obtained my route I sold by the Mecca barbershop. The trick was to put the paper into the person’s hand while they still had their change (haircuts were 75 cents and they had two bits change) so often the 10 cent paper was purchased for a quarter. Pretty tricky, I might add. But then Wenatchee Daily World paperboys (there were no girls) were resourceful and did not like to take no for an answer...only one thin dime made ...

Boehner’s classroom run amok

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can’t help but think of the old proverb: “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”

Common Ground | Why you should nominate a Jefferson Award candidate

A year ago, Mariachi Huenachi’s Ramon Rivera was nominated for the state Jefferson Award and was one of five winners. Rivera said getting the award has changed his life and created tremendous momentum for the music and educational empowerment program that he directs at the Wenatchee School District.

Move, for transport

The Washington Legislature, for all the heavy responsibility it lifts this session, will be a failure if it cannot debate and pass some kind of package to maintain and improve our state’s transportation system and its withering highways and bridges. This it has tried and failed to do for two years running, but now we approach what should be the final deadline. The state’s economy requires it. Without the efficient movement of goods and people we are lost.

Time to end this port catastrophe

Enough. The West Coast port slowdown, or near lockout, whatever the antagonists want to call it, has gone from curiosity to annoyance to full-blown economic crisis. It must end. We are broken. Our outlet to the world has been closed. The entry and exit for half our nation’s trade is, in effect, under blockade. The source of 12 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product is shut off. Thousands are without jobs. Local employment statistics show the impact. Business, farms, factories, families have lost billions, and the figure climbs by ...