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Wilf Woods | ‘Tis the season for giving

This is the time of year we think of giving to our favorite charities. Charity correlates with happiness, says Arthur brooks of the American Enterprise Association.

Tracy Warner | No Donalds in Canada

I like Canada. I’ve said so many times. I have promoted better U.S.-Canada relations, or at least trans-Okana(o)gan relations. I have Canadian friends. I fish. My daughter ice skates. My wife speaks French (très bien). I am second to none in my admiration of Canadians. Alas, I have never wanted to be one.

George Will | Democrats and their theater of pointless gestures

Seventeen days before President Donald Trump, his spoken oath of office still lingering in the wintry air, lifts his left hand from Scripture (a leather-bound edition of “The Art of the Deal”), the Republican-controlled Congress will begin working. Fittingly, on Jan. 3 the First Branch of government will go first, flexing its somewhat atrophied Article I muscles. 

Wilf Woods | Sharing community successes

Quincy was the subject of the IRIS' seventh-annual summit this week. Its theme was "Community Success," and some 175 from across North Central Washington attended.

Tracy Warner | Still a useful Electoral College

You call this a democracy? In this country the candidate with the most votes does not win, not always. It’s the states that count. Many of those are puny flyover states not worth a candidate’s time, not in a one-person-one-vote world.

GWATA leader sees big opportunity with STEM network

The more I learn about the Apple STEM Network, a collaborative effort involving schools, businesses, government and nonprofits in our region, the more excited I become about how this effort can positively transform our regional economy and educational system.

Wilf Woods : Ready to downsize

It's downsizing time for my generation. Many of my friends have moved to retirement centers or to smaller homes. And Kathy and I are in the process of selling our house and moving to a smaller place.

George Will | A respite from furiousness, please

 The Republican Party resembles the man who told his psychiatrist, “I have an identity problem, and so do I.” The party’s leader is at best indifferent to, and often is hostile to, much of the party’s recent catechism: limited government, the rule of law, a restrained executive, fiscal probity, entitlement reforms, free trade, the general efficiency and equity of markets allocating wealth and opportunity, and — this matters especially — the importance of decorousness in political discourse. 

Editorial Board | An era is ending

 In 2015 the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Wenatchee Valley Business World honored Mills Bros. men’s clothing and its owners Sam and Vickie Mills with the Legacy Award. At the time we wrote, “We would not know Wenatchee without Mills Bros. Without Mills Bros. mens’ clothing and its classic, inviting storefront, there would be a hole in downtown Wenatchee too large to fill.” It is irreplaceable.

Editorial Board | Applause is due

Humility is a virtue worth emulating. The trouble, by their very nature its best and most honest practitioners are very hard to find. Those who do good without regard to self-interest or potential praise should be our most valued and admired citizens, and yet they rarely stand out long enough to accept applause.

Editorial Board | Our concern is still forest health

There are some things an election cannot change. The forest grows, much of it already unnaturally dense and diseased. The climate warms. Within months the threat of catastrophic wildfire will be high and rising in our dry corner of the world. The reasonable response is to identify what we can do to reduce the possibility of damage and act, prior to the inevitable cataclysm.

Kathleen Parker | The mourning after

When I opened my front door Wednesday morning after little sleep and numb from a bad dream that wasn’t a dream, a dreary rainfall glazed the sidewalk as two neighbors gazed blankly in my direction.