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Tracy Warner | Brexit voters tell us where to go

We are 4,800 miles away from the heart of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and we really have no basis to second guess its voters’ desire to exit the European Union. Our 401(k)s may take a beating, but we don’t have the personal knowledge or experience to make an informed judgment. Our sovereignty is not the issue. Theirs is.

Common Ground: Is divisiveness in our society contributing to PTSD in vets?

There’s nothing quite like a provocative TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk to force us to confront different ways of thinking about the world around us. Wenatchee, you will recall, hosted a local TED event in 2014 that explored "connecting the dots" in our community to improve resilience.

George Will | Britain revives nationhood

The Leave campaign won the referendum on withdrawing Britain from the European Union because the arguments on which the Remain side relied made Leave’s case. The Remain campaign began with a sham, was monomaniacal with its Project Fear, and ended in governmental thuggishness.

World Editorial Board | For the homeless

We in Chelan and Douglas counties sometimes convince ourselves that homelessness is not so big a problem here, not so drastic as in those big and wicked cities, and we therefore have the luxury of ignoring it.

World Editorial Board | Immigrants in fear

The deadlocked Supreme Court could not stop it. The deliberate and vicious stalemate on immigration will continue without end, and millions of productive-and-valued undocumented residents will continue in their shadowy, fearful netherworld. That is wasteful. That is cruel.

World Editorial Board | Nothing but jail is not the answer

Chelan County has a kind of specialty, enforcing to the letter a law most counties keep in reserve, or frankly ignore. Felons, mostly drug addicts, released from county jail and ordered but failing to report to the Department of Corrections, are charged with “escape from community custody.” They go to jail again, with a longer sentence, are released, fail, receive an even longer sentence and penalties, and around it goes. The process was detailed in a two-part report, “The Escapees,” by The World’s Jefferson Robbins. Chelan presses far more of ...

Tracy Warner | A burning desire for good sense

You might have noticed from the headlines we are entering our region’s wildfire-a-day phase, or very close to it. Early in the season it’s clumsy accidents in the dry brush. Later we move up to stupid fireworks tricks, followed by lightning strikes in the brittle forest. We live with hope that we will avoid a third straight year of terrible conflagration, destruction and death. Cross your fingers.

Art of Community | Mariachi students set a wonderful example

If you want proof of the power of how the Mariachi program in the Wenatchee School District changes lives, all you need to do is talk to students who are involved, hear their stories and discover how they want to make a difference in the community and in the world.

Tracy Warner | Immigrants get the useful label

There was a time when I might have defended the term “illegal alien” to describe a fellow human being, a noncitizen living and working in this country without government permission. I used it myself.

George Will | Republicans: Save your party, don’t give to Trump

There’s an old adage about a vat of wine standing next to a vat of sewage. Add a cup of wine to the sewage, and it is still sewage. But add a cup of sewage to the wine, and it is no longer wine but sewage. Is this what Donald Trump has done to our politics?

Wilf Woods | ‘History Today’ looks at Vikings

The eighth through eleventh centuries were the era of the Vikings, those fierce, blond Scandinavians who spread their influence eastward into today's Russia, and westward to Iceland and Greenland.

Rep. Dave Reichert | International trade’s oversized local impact

If you travel just a stone’s throw away from downtown Wenatchee, the business-lined streets soon turn into farmland, with countless apple, cherry, and pear trees and grape vines spanning both sides of the road. One of those farms belongs to the family-run, Foreman Fruit Co.

Eugene Robinson: Trump vs. freedom of religion

Donald Trump apparently wants to institute something akin to Jim Crow discrimination against Muslims, including those who are citizens of the United States. Is this what the Republican Party wants as well?