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Tracy Warner | Be persuasive and win support

I get questions. People ask, in our democratic system how do we best join the resistance to President Donald Trump and his policies? How do we bring change? How do we gain influence and give our support to political forces of freedom, compassion and magnanimity?

Eugene Robinson | Governing by tantrum

No one should have been surprised when President Trump raged that the “so-called judge” who blocked his travel ban should be blamed “if something happens.” It is clear by now that the leader of the free world has the emotional maturity of a 2-year-old who kicks, punches and holds his breath when he can’t have ice cream.

George Will | A proposal to solve inequality

Tight labor markets shrink income inequality by causing employers to bid up the price of scarce labor, so policymakers fretting about income inequality could give an epidemic disease a try. This might be a bit extreme but if increased equality is the goal, Stanford’s Walter Scheidel should be heard. His scholarship encompasses many things (classics, history, human biology) and if current events are insufficiently depressing for you, try his just-published book “The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century.” Judge this ...

World Editorial Board | A reprieve for the Dreamers

For better or worse, President Donald Trump is perfectly willing to keep his campaign promises. That has thousands of our friends and neighbors looking over their shoulders, wondering when President Trump will do as he said he would: “Immediately terminate” President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order, and banish 750,000 young people protected by it.

World Editorial Board | Talking schools

 State Senate Republicans Wednesday passed a comprehensive education funding bill on a party-line vote. The measure ejects current school funding schemes, funds schools at $12,500 per student or more, caps local levies at $1.80 per thousand, and gives beginning teachers a very large pay raise.

World Editorial Board | Districts, votes

It is clearly possible that even without a shred of malice a city can have a voting system that all but excludes minorities from representation on the city council. At-large elections, where all vote for every council seat, naturally favor the majority, which in Wenatchee’s case means whites from the city’s north and west. Latino representation has been limited, despite being a third of the city population, despite a city government that exhibits no exclusionary intent.

Charles Krauthammer | Thank God for Harry Reid

There are many people to thank for the coming accession of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Donald Trump for winning the election. Hillary Clinton for losing it. Mitch McConnell for holding open the high court seat through 2016, resolute and immovable against furious (and hypocritical) opposition from Democrats and media. And, of course, Harry Reid. 

Tracy Warner | Look forward to roads in the sky

Human beings are remarkably resourceful and creative creatures. They also are consistently underestimated, by themselves. Thus we face the persistence of Malthusian doomsayers, confident we will rot in our self-inflicted pestilence and starvation as our growing population exceeds our life-support capacity.

George Will | Where Justice Scalia was wrong

With an asperity born of exasperation, Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, “If you want aspirations, you can read the Declaration of Independence,” but “there is no such philosophizing in our Constitution,” which is “a practical and pragmatic charter of government.” Scalia was wrong, and much depends on Neil Gorsuch not resembling Scalia in this regard. Gorsuch can endorse Scalia’s originalism, construing the Constitution’s text and structure as it was understood by its Framers and ratifiers, without embracing Scalia’s misunderstanding of this:

Eugene Robinson | A disgraceful exercise in cruelty

President Trump’s refugee ban and travel restrictions are a disgraceful exercise in cruelty. They do nothing to make us safer — and may, in fact, make us less safe — but they punish Muslims, and that is his whole point.

Tracy Warner | Our state moves to the front line

President Donald Trump sent the world into a frenzy Friday with his temporary ban on refugees and travel from seven mostly Muslim countries. For a rational person with a nonsociopathic degree of compassion, it made no sense. Such an order would not protect the United States, but likely intensify its insecurity. It would not prevent terrorism, but provoke it. Tens of thousands of innocent and endangered people will suffer. The order would succeed only in making the new administration appear heartless, malevolent and bigoted.

Editorial Board | Bonds, levies, yes

Providing our children an opportunity for education of the best possible quality is our highest calling. It is the most important thing we do and, as taxpayers, the most important government duty we are called to support.

George Will | Excess of intellectual emptiness

In 2013, a college student assigned to research a deadly substance sought help via Twitter: “I can’t find the chemical and physical properties of sarin gas someone please help me.” An expert at a security consulting firm tried to be helpful, telling her that sarin is not gas. She replied, “yes the [expletive] it is a gas you ignorant [expletive]. sarin is a liquid & can evaporate ... shut the [expletive] up.”