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Fusion, cheap: Keep on trying

Sorting through the electronic press releases Thursday, I spied this headline: “UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal.”

Is Chris Christie running?

NEWARK, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides — he fired them — in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.

Columbus, snubbed again

Monday is Indigenous Peoples Day in Seattle. The Seattle City Council has voted to celebrate on the second Monday of October the former inhabitants of the shores of what European descendents called Elliott Bay, which lies on a body of water named for a British naval officer, in a city whose name is a rather awkward anglo-phoneticization of a 19th century Duwamish leader’s name, which some say might be better spelled Si’ahl, for a more accurate pronunciation.

Court chills out on gay marriage

Relax. It turns out there really wasn’t much to worry about. People of the same sex can marry legally, and take on the contractual and social obligations that go with it, and there are only a few dissipating ripples in the fabric of the moral universe. People who once worried about a generation-long social war as the traditional concept of marriage was challenged, now wonder what the big deal is. People who feared creative judges would force gay marriage on a wary public, now realize it is the public that ...

A big-time event takes our ice

If you think major sporting events with national implications do not occur in Wenatchee, you are wrong. A very major sporting event with hundreds of athletes is happening in this very city, now. It does not involve throwing balls or hitting things with sticks. It requires superb athletic ability, years of practice and dedication, and sharp skates.

A college at 75

It was not so long ago that 51 individuals in the Depression-ravaged community called Wenatchee gathered to pool their resources and form an educational institution that would become Wenatchee Valley College. This coming Saturday, Oct. 11, marks the official beginning of a year-long celebration of their foresight, and the success of the institution. Yes, Wenatchee Valley College is 75 years old.

The long struggle

The scope of the disaster called the Carlton Complex is still too great for an ordinary detached person to grasp. It happened mostly one horrible night in July — 320 homes destroyed, hundreds of outbuildings lost, countless assets and livestock gone and hundreds of people displaced. Gov. Jay Inslee’s office estimated the value of lost homes alone at $28 million, and secondary losses at $70 milllion. Mind you, this is in one valley in the corner of a huge county with 15,000 households total, and a median household income of ...

Public power worth celebrating

What do an electron and a puppy have in common? Both can keep you warm and make you happy. While “Peanuts” creator Charles Schultz may have cornered the market on the warm fuzzy feeling a puppy can bring, electricity created by your hometown hydros generates happiness, too.

We could march for energy reality

There is nothing wrong with 400,000 people driving or flying to New York to denounce oil companies, political cronies and assorted corporate henchmen for insincere commitment to fighting climate change. I watched with nostalgic fascination. It gets your ’60s blood running. I couldn’t help wondering, though, how they all got there.

The real reason winning the Senate matters

You can win midterm elections without a positive agenda. You can’t win presidential elections that way. It is therefore vitally important for Republicans to win the Senate in 2014. Here’s why.

A new case for term limits

Unfortunately, Congress’ vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn’s spectacle: Feverish House and Senate candidates waging ferocious campaigns to win or retain offices that are of rapidly diminishing significance.