A horizon aflame and a rain of burning embers are great motivators. Even so, congratulations are due to the homeowners at Forest Ridge and the Forest Ridge Wildfire Coalition, named by the National Fire Protection Association as one of the five most effective communities in the country in its efforts to reduce the risk of wildfire.
The plants we grow en masse to sustain humanity do not arise from some mystical “all natural” process. They are chosen, bred, altered and cultivated by human beings, for human beings, and mostly it works. But the plants of unnatural agriculture still have natural enemies. They kill our food, and often humans suffer.
One hundred years ago this coming Aug. 4, the day Britain declared war on Germany, socialists in the German Reichstag voted for credits to finance the war. Marxists — including Lenin, who that day was in what now is Poland — were scandalized. Marx had preached that the proletariat has no fatherland, only a transnational class loyalty to proletarians everywhere. “In 1918,” wrote Louis Fischer, Lenin’s best biographer, “patriotism and nationalism, born of the ‘subjectivism’ Lenin so disliked, were ideological crimes in Soviet Russia.”
They arrived at the base of Saddle Rock on April 20, 2013, by themselves, as couples, in groups of 10 or more. All with one goal in mind: Hike up the hill to their assigned spot as part of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s Hands Across the Foothills event.
This year’s most important election will not occur in November, when more than 90 million votes will be cast for governors and national legislators. The most important election, crucial to an entire region’s economic well-being and to the balance of the nation’s political competition, has already occurred.
When arguing about transportation, about highways and bridges and other expensive necessities, sometimes it comes down to urban vs. rural, city vs. country, west vs. east. Cities have the gridlock, the choke points, the trains and buses and megaprojects. The argument is this: Investing in urban infrastructure to make transportation more efficient benefits not just the cities, but the entire state, for toward cities all commerce flows.
Go ahead, spin this. Raising the federal minimum wage by nearly 40 percent over two years, as the Obama administration proposes, would kill hundreds of thousands of jobs and lower the income of thousands of families, said the Congressional Budget Office. Raising the federal minimum wage by nearly 40 percent would lift hundreds of thousands out of poverty, raise family income for millions, and boost business profits, said the Congressional Budget Office.
You may have noticed that there is a lot of talk recently about ways your public utility is trying to engage in a conversation with you. You might be asking yourself, “Why is the PUD doing (what seems like) a bunch of surveys?” It’s a reasonable question and deserves an answer about what we are doing when it comes to surveys and outreach, and why.