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Editorial Board | Primary waste

Washington’s earnest Secretary of State Kim Wyman, whose job it is to see that we the voters get to vote, is right — we want our own presidential primary. We want in. We want to be part of the process of selecting presidential nominees. We want campaigns here. We want to be wooed and flattered and take in all those promises. We want the attention a big-time primary brings those other places, like New Hampshire and South Carolina. We are just as important as they are.

Editorial Board | Ban fireworks permanently

That’s enough. We overdosed on wildfires long ago. It was a nightmare in 2014. It’s a nightmare today, as flames spread in dozens of spots from the Canadian border to Oregon and beyond.

Charles Krauthammer | The Racing Form, third edition

Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton’s private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print.

Social Security on its birthday

Happy 80th birthday to Social Security. On the 14th day of August 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt signed the law creating the Social Security system, a guarantee of financial support for the aged and infirm. It became, and is, our most effective anti-poverty program. The poverty rate for those over 65 is about 30 percent lower than the general population, and less than half that for children.

Wilf column: The Ice Age did some heavy lifting

My current reading includes Jack Nisbet's new book, "Ancient Places," a collection of stories about the Pacific Northwest's cultural and natural history, with much from Native Americans.

Don’t stifle the public’s voice

We should not vote on this, they insist. It should not be permitted. The will of the electorate is in this case irrelevant, whatever it might be. Forget the petitions, First Amendment, the state constitution’s precious grant of legislative power to the people. Initiative 1366 is “beyond the scope” of the voters’ power.
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George Will | Trump, the counterfeit Republican

In every town large enough to have two traffic lights there is a bar at the back of which sits the local Donald Trump, nursing his fifth beer and innumerable delusions. Because the actual Donald Trump is wealthy, he can turn himself into an unprecedentedly and incorrigibly vulgar presidential candidate. It is his right to use his riches as he pleases. His squalid performance and its coarsening of civic life are costs of freedom that an open society must be prepared to pay.

Behind the gray walls — jobs

We who do not grow food, but sell things to those who do, tend to yawn when given news like this — Washington’s 2015 apple crop, to be harvested soon, is predicted to be a mere 125.2 million boxes. That’s significantly smaller than the massive, record 140 million-box crop harvested a year ago, the crop big enough to cause fainting spells among those whose job was to sell it.

Behind the gray walls — jobs

We who do not grow food, but sell things to those who do, tend to yawn when given news like this — Washington’s 2015 apple crop, to be harvested soon, is predicted to be a mere 125.2 million boxes. That’s significantly smaller than the massive, record 140 million-box crop harvested a year ago, the crop big enough to cause fainting spells among those whose job was to sell it. 

Tim Eyman | Trust the voters, and let them speak

Over the years, voters have repeatedly approved various taxpayer protection initiatives. Opponents of these measures have become increasingly frustrated that the voters have consistently OK’d these policies at the ballot box. They’ve spent millions upon millions of dollars and yet, that hasn’t stopped the voters from repeatedly supporting efforts to make it tougher to raise taxes. So they’ve come up with a new strategy: End democracy.
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Eugene Robinson | A party in turmoil

The Republican Party is in total chaos. Democrats aren’t there yet but may be approaching the neighborhood. It’s time to acknowledge that our political system simply isn’t doing its job.

Wilf Woods | Hiking

World War II was on, but I had a leave and came home to an invitation by my brother-in-law Walt Hiltner to join him on a hike.

Editorial Board | For the homeless, nonprofit rebuilds

All the evidence tells us there is a critical need for housing at the bottom of our social ladder. For the homeless, whose numbers always exceed our estimates, temporary shelter is life-saving. For the disabled, mentally ill, and those with meager incomes, there is an acute shortage of local options. This is why organizations like the Women’s Resource Center are crucial, and why its strong and growing community support is heartening.