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Three projects head the list

The North Central Washington Economic Development District last week supplied some intriguing food for thought when it issued its list of three “top projects of regional economic significance” for 2014-15. The proposed projects are well known, but not necessarily discussed much outside a small circle of supporters. It’s time the rest of us kept them on the list of possibilities.

Finally, that’s done

It’s over at last. The official end came Thursday as the Wenatchee City Council gave unanimous approval to a legal settlement with Global Entertainment, the proposer, promoter and original manager of Town Toyota Center. There will be $1 million passed from Global to the city. The city will pass 40 percent to its lawyers. This settlement, in the language of Mayor Frank Kuntz, means “All the legal stuff will be done.”

A rare opportunity

Chelan County PUD has begun the process of developing what might be called a strategic plan. On its face that might not sound particularly interesting, but it is time to wake up. This will be the great roadmap, the PUD says, a guide to the future of Chelan County and the PUD’s role in it. Given the PUD’s role will be enormous no matter what path we take, that makes this and important exercise. And the PUD is going to extraordinary lengths to engage the public, its owners, in the ...

Doing nothing is their choice

The president is the nation’s chief executive. He puts the will of Congress into action. He vows to “faithfully execute” the laws of the United States, laws that originate in the legislative branch.

Government by fiat

The Supreme Court this week admonished the Environmental Protection Agency for overreaching in regulating greenhouse gases. The Clean Air Act covers polluters that emit 250 tons per year (or in some cases, 100 tons). This standard makes no sense if applied to greenhouse gases. Thousands of establishments from elementary schools to grocery stores would be, absurdly, covered. So the EPA arbitrarily chose 100,000 tons as the carbon dioxide threshold.

The reparations difference

In his 2004 book “The Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What It Means for America,” author Nicolas C. Vaca shatters the myth of a Rainbow Coalition among minorities.

Move along, no oil trains here

Peak oil? Not yet. Like it or not, the United States now is among the world’s leading oil producers, pumping around 9 million barrels a day and rising. That’s not far behind Saudi Arabia, and makes a lot of sheikdoms look puny. And like it or not, this compressed energy will be burned to turn the economic wheels of the world. To get from producer to customer, however, it has to go somewhere.

Mississippi votes its appetite

Chris McDaniel, 41, the flawed paladin of the tea party persuasion who in Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary failed to wrest the nomination from the faltering hands of six-term incumbent Thad Cochran, 76, came into politics after a stint in talk radio. There practitioners do not live by the axiom that you don’t have to explain something you never said, and McDaniel had some explaining to do about some of his more colorful broadcast opinions and phrases, which may have given a number of voters pause about whether he is quite ...

Cronies, renew the Ex-Im Bank

As I sit here, very close to the middle of the bustling state of Washington, the yields of crony capitalism flow all around me, and I am grateful. It’s the critics who call it crony capitalism. Others beg to differ, but the fundamentals are understood — it is international commerce, enabled by the federal government’s selective use of public credit. Whatever you call it, we in the most successful trading state in the nation benefit enormously. It allows our companies — small ones, and yes, the very big, profitable and ...

A powerful moment in time

Were you there? Something special happened June 11. Some 200 people from throughout Chelan County gathered at the Numerica Performing Arts Center to find out how our community can be part of defining our quality of life for generations to come. They heard how we can determine investing in this community to create an even better quality of life than what we enjoy today. There’s one phrase that sticks out most from that evening’s experience: Create the most good, for the most number of people, for the longest period of ...