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Leave legislation to the lawmakers

The patience of the Washington Supreme Court has been tested. The justices have had it, or just about. That much came through last week during the historic show cause hearing over the celebrated McCleary school funding case. To be decided is whether the state of Washington and its Legislature will be held in contempt for failure to meet judicial instructions and deadlines, and if they are found in contempt, what punishment would be appropriate and effective.

New life at Parkside

The old Parkside nursing home on Cashmere Street will host a shower Wednesday. It is a shower of the gift-giving kind, in conjunction with an open house at the new and welcome Parkside Apartments, hosted by the Women’s Resource Center. The shower portion of the festivities will perhaps attract some donated furnishings for the new studio apartments. What’s more important is what these new apartments will provide — shelter for the weak and homeless, for people suffering from mental illness. People who once had nowhere to turn, now do.

Pears, only the best

We are accustomed to bragging about the fruit grown in North Central Washington, but with all the apples and cherries it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact that the center of the pear universe lies somewhere in the Wenatchee Valley. Yes, Wenatchee to Cashmere to Dryden to Peshastin to Leavenworth, absolutely the best pear orchards in the world. No brag, just fact.

Trade is our key ingredient

In Washington, we are fortunate to be a hub of innovation, a gateway to the Pacific, and a center of diverse and abundant agricultural commodities. We have become known across the globe and that is a good thing. Washington’s farmers, workers and businesses have taken their place on the world stage. They have done so through expanded trade. Now is the time for new opportunities.

College still pays, if you do it right

Children you have known, your own or the offspring of friends and acquaintances, the tykes that only recently transformed from adorable droolers into puzzling adolescents, have suddenly passed through another astonishing metamorphosis. They are young adults.

Ukraine abandoned

At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.

Demographic role reversals

In my fantasy world, public relations professionals send me pitches extolling the virtues of the “white Robert Rodriguez.”

An eye on the Baltic States?

The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide.

Legal marijuana, let it be, let it be

For the time being, your city can ban marijuana shops, just as it can ban other things that annoy its citizens and give its regulators palpitations. It can even ban things state law specifically accommodates and licenses, as long as it’s not a head-to-head conflict or the Legislature didn’t say shut up and take it. City-by-city NIMBYism gets a pass.

No, oil won’t stay in the ground

They blocked the tracks in Everett Tuesday. Protestors, highly trained, erected an 18-foot teepee over the rails while compatriots cheered from a nearby overpass, the Everett Herald reported. A woman in a yellow parka and green hardhat, identified on Facebook as Abby Brockway, a “high flying climate activist” from Seattle, sat at the tippy top of the teepee, holding a pair of illegible signs and trailing a banner that said “Cut Oil Trains Not Conductors.” She raised a mandatory clenched fist. Others sat in folding chairs on a crossing or ...

Conservation pays us back

It is an investment. Conservation of precious land in its natural state, construction of trails and parks for recreation or access, preservation of wildlife habitat or farmland — they fit the definition. They all involve the commitment of funds with expectation of a return. Call it a profit if you like.

Time to change the way our city votes

A federal judge in Seattle has ruled that the process of electing the city council of Yakima violates the Voting Rights Act by its design — making it nearly impossible for a Latino candidate to win an election and a seat. The non-Latino majority “suffocates” the Latino minority, Judge Thomas O. Rice ruled. There are differences, but Wenatchee’s circumstance has striking parallels. It is time to take heed, before change is forced, and lay the groundwork for a truly representative electoral system.

Later school starts may be the answer

As schools get going, it’s interesting to note when high schools start make a difference in student learning. Circadian rhythms are the reason, pushing teenagers to sleep later and stay up later at night.