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Returning to the familiar

Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.

A win for trails

Prior to 2003, folks hiking the Pacific Crest Trail between High Bridge and Bridge Creek were routed up onto a bench above the valley floor while the road for motor vehicles traversed the valley down next to the Stehekin River. Many of the hikers chose to walk the road rather than take the trail because the road was much more scenic and cooler. After the road was wiped out by flood in a couple places, hikers no longer had the road option and the only route left was up on ...
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Common Ground | Loan fund gets $50,000 grant from Wells Fargo

There is some significant news this week relating to the North Central Washington Business Loan Fund, an organization that specializes in providing assistance to small businesses that struggle to get financing through traditional means.

Port dispute is getting very old

It is good news that the antagonists in the West Coast port labor dispute have mutually agreed to accept the intervention of federal mediators. It is good news but far from cause for celebration. The employers — the Pacific Maritime Association — and workers — represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union — have been in negotiations for a mere eight months with no progress to report. The only apparent reaction has been the some say deliberate slowdown in port traffic that is costing the regional economy upwards of ...

Nobody likes taxes, but we can talk

Some may be thoroughly irritated that Gov. Jay Inslee may shed whatever shaky tax-hike abstinence vows he once made and proposed new and potentially lucrative state revenue sources, including a capital gains tax and a cap-and-trade tax on carbon emissions. Others will be thoroughly frustrated that Ways and Means Chairman Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, would dismiss all tax talk as part of a “deficit myth.” Whatever your leanings and prejudice, appreciate that the issues are on the table. Let the conversation begin.

Hall of Fame deserves Edgar

Let’s see. What are we thinking about today? It’s the usual January menu. Terrorists, taxes, Seahawks, clouds, ice, Visa bills, on-base percentage.

Resolutions to live by

January presents an opportunity to engineer a better year than the last, but many people fail in their intentions by making the mistake of subtracting, when adding is more effective.

The revenue-neutral gas tax

For 32 years I’ve been advocating a major tax on petroleum. I’ve got as much chance this time around as did Don Quixote with windmills. But I shall tilt my lance once more.

Two world-class concerts, for free

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation is bringing two fine programs to the Grove recital hall on successive nights, Jan. 15 and 16.

Murdered for their ideas

The murderers in Paris did nothing novel. It is not a recent development, not a new trend in religious ethics. It’s the idea that those who offend us must offend God, and if God is offended the lives of the offenders are rightly forfeit, because surely their souls are damned to eternal torment anyway. What do their lives matter? God obviously doesn’t want them around.

Climate change’s instructive past

We know, because they often say so, that those who think catastrophic global warming is probable and perhaps imminent are exemplary empiricists. They say those who disagree with them are “climate change deniers” disrespectful of science.

Our bias, ourselves

Recent events from Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, New York, might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.