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Tracy Warner | Still amazed by people in a pool

I know. Swimming 200 meters in competition, by means of the freestyle stroke, is a sprint. But it is not a sprint like the 100-meter dash on the track, where every ounce of your being is geared toward going as fast as possible for a few seconds. The 200-meter freestyle is more akin to track’s 400 meters. You go as fast as you can, but not so fast that your oxygen debt kills you before you see the finish line. People who swim longer distances, like 800 meters, usually aren’t ...

Joel Webster | Taking a stand for public land

No matter our politics, most of us watched with rapt attention earlier this year as news reports flooded in from the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. I certainly did. The people behind this takeover demanded that public lands be handed over to the locals, despite the fact that most locals wanted nothing to do with their bombastic claims and flaunting of the law.

Robinson | Brace yourself for an even uglier campaign

It may be hard to imagine, but I fear this election campaign is going to get worse — maybe a lot worse — before it gets better. By the time it’s done, the whole nation may feel like it needs a shower.

Tracy Warner | Send me to the Trump-free zone

Lately I have been challenged by readers and former readers to take a more “fair and balanced” view of presidential candidate Donald Trump. I have been accused of being “biased” and of having an “anti-Trump agenda” and of presenting commentary by “liberals like George F. Will.”

George Will | Trump v. Constitution

Like shipwrecked mariners clinging to a floating mast, many Republicans rationalize supporting Donald Trump because of “the court.” This two-word incantation means: Because we care so much for the Constitution, it is supremely important to entrust to Trump the making of Supreme Court nominations. Well.

World Editorial Board | 30 under 35

For those living under a cloud, with a grim view of the future, there is a tonic. Turn to the Business/Ag section of today’s Wenatchee World and scan this year’s recipients of the 30 under 35 Awards. Better, grab the August edition of Wenatchee Valley Business World and read the individual profiles in the 30 under 35 insert.

World Editorial Board | Primary shows our potential

Primary elections are decisive in slow motion. With ballots still being counted, there remain uncertainties over who will or will not advance to the November general election. Last week candidates were mostly repeating the phrase, “cautiously optimistic.” But we already know with certainty that, for local offices at least, we often had slates of quality candidates capable of discussing the issues thoughtfully and in depth. We witnessed constructive discussions, and the sharing of ideas. We were presented with fresh perspectives and traditional outlooks. Opinions differ, or course, but it appears ...

Charles Krauthammer | Donald Trump and the fitness threshold

Donald Trump, the man who defied every political rule and prevailed to win his party’s nomination, last week took on perhaps the most sacred political rule of all: Never attack a Gold Star family. Not just because it alienates a vital constituency but because it reveals a shocking absence of elementary decency and of natural empathy for the most profound of human sorrows — parental grief.

Tracy Warner | College will never be free

We have a spring ritual in this country. It is tense, often filled with disappointment and shock. High school seniors and their financially insecure parents watch the mail for those telltale envelopes, or these days maybe an email, with news from the institutions of higher learning their child hopes to attend. Acceptance produces ecstasy for the student and fear for the parents, who quickly check the financial aid statement and find out, to their shock and disbelief, that they are rich.