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Name your hero

You know a hero. We all do. It is someone who works and gives to help others, without a thought for themselves. It is someone tireless in their effort to improve their community and make it a better place to live. It is someone who sees a need, and acts.

Crusaders and appeasers

His secretary of defense says “the world is exploding all over.” His attorney general says that the threat of terror “keeps me up at night.” The world bears them out. On Tuesday, American hostage Kayla Mueller is confirmed dead. On Wednesday, the U.S. evacuates its embassy in Yemen, cited by President Obama last September as an American success in fighting terrorism.

All this warmth smells like smoke

We may be enjoying this lovely spring-in-February weather, pulling out the shorts or prepping the lawnmower, but I can’t help thinking of what might come by late July. Who knows how the weather will treat us between now and then, but right now I can almost smell the smoke. It is truly a shame when that feeling of sunny warmth on your cheek brings a tightness in the stomach. Too warm, too dry, and summer fires will be our punishment. Not again, please.

Juicing the story

As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.

Amateurs unite and go Wild!

Are amateur athletes who play for profit-making teams really amateurs, there for the love of the sport? Yes, most say, but someone disagrees. Maybe they are just underage, underpaid employees, their skills and dedication exploited by profit-hungry team owners.

The Pence paradox

Although he is always preternaturally placid, Mike Pence today exemplifies a Republican conundrum. Sitting recently 24 blocks from Capitol Hill, where he served six terms as a congressman, and eight blocks from the White House, which some Republicans hope he craves, Pence, now in his third year as Indiana’s governor, discussed two issues, Common Core and Medicaid expansion, that illustrate the following:

Republicans and their tragic flaws

It’s yet another Greek tragedy. The well-intentioned hero succumbs to a fatal character flaw and is lured inevitably and irresistibly to their doom. Everybody knows it. You see it coming. Nobody can stop it.

Patronizing at the prayer breakfast

There is no doubt that President Obama’s remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let’s face it — glib, facile and patronizing.

Work for quality early education

It would be hard to find a better investment in the future than quality early-childhood education. Effective early-childhood education sends students to kindergarten ready to learn, improves learning and test scores, improves high school graduation rates, even raises income and reduces crime. Money invested in early learning saves far more later by reducing the necessity for remedial education and related maladies. It is clear, the path to becoming a productive, contributing citizen begins before kindergarten. Access to quality early-childhood education gives more children a better chance in life. What better ...

Vaccines and safety

Apart from the contentious politics, suspect motives and collective accusations of ignorance that seem to rivet the nation of late, vaccination rates and their decline are an increasing concern and an important public health issue. The rapid spread of potentially deadly communicable disease, mostly among children, is as serious as an issue can be.

Farewell to Frank

It is with sorrow that we note the death of Frank T. Kuntz Thursday at the age of 84. It is with great joy that we recall his lifelong contributions to the Wenatchee area, his leadership, his drive, his willingness to serve. And we fondly recall his humor and good nature. Talk to Kuntz for any length of time and you would come away with an interesting insight, and usually his wry smile and best wishes. People of that quality are rare.