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Sustainability gone wild

Syracuse University alumni are new additions to the lengthening list of persons who can stop contributing to their alma maters. The university has succumbed — after, one suspects, not much agonizing — to the temptation to indulge in progressive gestures. It will divest all fossil fuel stocks from its endowment. It thereby trumps Stanford, whose halfhearted exercise in right-mindedness has been to divest only coal stocks. Evidently carbon from coal is more morally disquieting than carbon from petroleum.

Yes, there’s water in our food

Our astute, highly educated urban population seems to have realized suddenly, we use water to grow food. Some of them are outraged we would do such a thing, or at least that we would water things for which they have some aesthetic or moral disgust, like nuts and red meat.

Is history finally on Hillary’s side?

That was quick. Strike up “Happy Days Are Here Again” and cue the balloon drop. Better yet, Democrats could skip the whole primaries-and-convention thing and let Hillary Clinton get to work on picking a running mate.

Editorial | Crescent Bar, settle

The long-running dispute between Grant County PUD and the leaseholders at Crescent Bar looks very near a settlement. It appears to be one of those rare moments when litigation ceases with both sides happy, or at least relieved. “We’re delighted,” says Dale Foreman, attorney for the leaseholders. “This is very satisfying,” said PUD Natural Resource Director Jeff Grizzel. “We’d see the end of litigation, but we also see a bright future for Crescent Bar.”

Editorial | Conservation without politics

For 25 years the Washington Wildlife and Recreation grant program has been a model, envied across the nation for its impact, its popularity, effectiveness and for the local enthusiasm it generates for conservation and parks.

Editorial | Yes for a hospital

Hospitals certainly need sewer lines. They need water lines. They need computer systems with some relation to the 21st century. These necessities may be unglamorous, but that does not make them less necessary.

Arbor Day: Celebrate trees

We are post-industrial human beings. The sagebrush steppe is not our natural habitat. We are far too fragile, too easily burned, baked and desiccated to survive long in the open in a place like this. We have decided by circumstance to make our homes on piles of sand and grit washed out of the hills, this place where without unnatural assistance, nothing lives that cannot be sustained on less than 10 inches of moisture in a year. This is a place once best suited to rodents and reptiles, and a ...

What they don’t say about RFRA

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) — if you hadn’t heard of it before March, you have now. RFRA made national headlines daily in the wake of Indiana passing one, and Hillary Clinton tweeting ironic inaccurate criticism in response. (Her husband signed the federal RFRA into law, after all.)

The Iran deal: What we’ve given up

Negotiations ... to prevent an Iranian capability to develop a nuclear arsenal are ending with an agreement that concedes this very capability ...