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George Will | The ‘quiet catastrophe’ of men choosing not to work

The “quiet catastrophe” is particularly dismaying because it is so quiet, without social turmoil or even debate. It is this: After 88 consecutive months of the economic expansion that began in June 2009, a smaller percentage of American males in the prime working years (ages 25 to 54) are working than were working near the end of the Great Depression in 1940, when the unemployment rate was above 14 percent. If the labor force participation rate were as high today as it was as recently as 2000, nearly 10 million ...

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The Eastmont Metropolitan Park District bond will be used to fund two capital projects.

Tracy Warner | Trump wrong on Ford, again

“So Ford is leaving. You see that, their small car division leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio. They’re all leaving. And we can’t allow it to happen anymore.”

World Editorial Board | Campbell’s success

The announcement that Carl Campbell was selling the last of his retirement and care facilities signaled the culmination of an incredibly successful business career that once included ownership of such facilities in 21 states. By any standard that is impressive.

World Editorial Board | Yes twice for Eastmont schools

In weeks you will be face to face with a very crowded ballot. Your decisions will be difficult and making choices a daunting task. But, if you live within the boundaries of the Eastmont School District there are two important measures you should not overlook.

World Editorial Board | A little smoke now

Smoke. Fire moves through the forest and you can smell it, taste it, feel it. Prescribed fire used to cleanse forest overgrowth last week near Plain, Fish Lake, the Entiat Valley and the Lake Chelan Valley has with shifting winds sent some of that smoke our way.

Wilf Woods | WVC student center

Last Saturday was "groundbreaking time" for the new student center at Wenatchee Valley College, which honored Edna Maguire and her late husband Jack.  She donated $1 million for the project, whose cost is $6.2 million.  The Maguires have been long supporters of the college.  In 1995 they gave a $200,000 endowment which supports two "full ride" scholarships.  Dr. Jim Richardson told me that the college is currently enrolling more than 700 high school students in the "running start" program, a total of about a quarter of the student numbers.

Making our hearts sing

Science education alone is not enough, cries the Scientific American magazine.

Bill Keim | Will lawmakers fully fund education?

 As I entered the Temple of Justice for the latest Supreme Court hearing on the McCleary lawsuit, I pondered a question that has troubled me and members of my organization, the Washington Association of School Administrators, throughout the course of the lawsuit: What will happen to education funding after the court relinquishes its jurisdiction in the case?

Tracy Warner | Water uphill for the windmills

It was a beautiful day Saturday, driving up the Columbia Gorge from Portland, through The Dalles and Goldendale. The last stretch would be a breathtaking if not for the whirling-twirling windmills turning one of the great vistas of the West into an industrial park.