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Wind to get its subsidy, again

They followed the script. The Senate Finance Committee Thursday approved a package of tax breaks that, among other subsidies, extends the wind energy production tax credit for another two years.

Free speech and its regulators

It’s about freedom of speech, and nothing else. It is about government stopping or controlling you when you express your political opinion. It is a debate over when government is justified in limiting how your political views are expressed. It is about two views of freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. Does the First Amendment forbid government to interfere in political debate, or is government the essential regulator protecting the fullest public expression in the “marketplace of ideas”?

Jeb Bush’s challenge

The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking — some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits — askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination.

Wilf Woods | Just a little pepper primer

Columbus is best known for his voyages, but probably had more permanent effect upon our diet by bringing chili peppers from the Caribbean to Europe.

Democrats acting desperately

H.L. Mencken gets a workout in election years when voters are reminded by pundits of the curmudgeon’s observation that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Natural disaster will come again

Sept. 5, 1925, must have been another beautiful late summer day in the bustling new community at the mouth of a canyon called Squilchuck. Where the trickling creek flowed into the Columbia, the Great Northern had built a huge switching facility called the Appleyard. Nearby were two hotels filled with workers, a tourist campground near the highway, a cafe, a grocery store, a post office, and new houses leading up the valley, where the orchards were nearly ready for harvest.

Wilf Woods | The West that might have been

The early history of the Pacific Northwest’s division between Britain and the U.S. rests in part on the outcome of John Jacob Astor’s fur enterprise.

Hey, lighten up on the first lady

WASHINGTON — The past couple of weeks have marked a turning point in American ugliness as the mob has turned its full fury on first lady Michelle Obama.

Tilting at armchair generals

WASHINGTON — I had no idea so many Republicans were nostalgic for the Cold War. President Obama should dust off the zinger he used in a campaign debate against Mitt Romney: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

Online poll results

Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses:
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Local Solutions: Caring for the Wenatchee Foothills

With the successful completion of the recent $8.67 million Wenatchee Foothills Campaign, land protected in the foothills west of Wenatchee for people and wildlife has doubled. Now our community has new opportunities, with expanded possibilities for exploring, hiking, mountain biking and riding horses. Increased use also presents new challenges. As a community we need to ensure that we use the land in a way that prevents damage and preserves the beauty of this amazing resource that is ours.
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Expense up, revenue flat, trouble grows

Yes, there is a problem. Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz can analyze a balance sheet, but it doesn’t take a CPA to see it: City tax revenues are stagnant, barely rising if they rise at all, with little prospect of improvement. At the same time, expenses rise, naturally and more quickly. The city’s ability to perform its duties and serve the public erodes. The economy inside the city limits no longer produces enough tax revenue to support city services at the level we have come to expect.

Obama vs. Putin: Mismatch

The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.

Common Ground | Tedx: ‘How far are you willing to go?’

“How far are you willing to go?” asked Dr. Gene Sharratt at the conclusion of the inaugural TEDx Wenatchee Valley event on Thursday afternoon. The theme of the event was “Connecting the Dots,” in reference to the habit of organizations and individuals to operate in silos rather than collaborate and cooperate.