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Wilf Woods | A new year in NCW

We feel like North Central Washington is a sheltered spot as the new year begins, but we are still subject to the tides of national and international affairs.

The joke’s on us

A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punchlines.

Obama and the ‘nylon strategy’

There’s an old Cold War joke — pre-pantyhose — that to defeat communism we should empty our B-52 bombers of nuclear weapons and instead drop nylons over the Soviet Union. Flood the Russians with the soft consumer culture of capitalism, seduce them with Western contact and commerce, love bomb them into freedom.

Goodbye Associated Press, hello Reuters

We have decided to end our membership with The Associated Press, the wire service that has been our main provider of wire news almost since this newspaper’s beginnings.

Our motivation is to help NCW thrive

Even though the news business has been a wild roller coaster ride the past several years, I’m blessed to work with a group of people at The World who believe in our mission to help make North Central Washington a better place.

Wilf Woods | Winter fests are coming

January events are coming soon, with Leavenworth’s indie-rock music fest the first one scheduled for the new year on the 9th and 10th.

Our great year of opportunity

This is the beginning of our time. We are starting to think as a region, not as rivals. We stand at the edge, looking ahead at great accomplishments, if only we can unite and see 2015 as a new year filled with opportunity.

The needs persist

There is still time. The needs of others don’t disappear with the season. There is time to contribute to the Neighbors Care Fund.

This day, I wish I could go home

At length the hour of shutting up the counting-house arrived. With an ill-will Scrooge dismounted from his stool, and tacitly admitted the fact to the expectant clerk in the Tank, who instantly snuffed his candle out, and put on his hat.

Cuba Derangement Syndrome

Barack Obama has made a geopolitical irrelevancy suddenly relevant to American presidential politics. For decades, Cuba has been instructive as a museum of two stark failures: socialism and the U.S. embargo. Now, Cuba has become useful as a clarifier of different Republican flavors of foreign-policy thinking.

Labels as landmines

Everyone understands that words matter. Observers of my writing know that I hopscotch my way through racial and ethnic labels quite a bit, using the conventions of my source materials whenever possible so as to not tinge my point with an easily misperceived term.

A year of fire and a year of hope

Imagine, you hold in your hand an envelope. By the size, color and stiffness you suspect it contains a Christmas card. You open it, and there it is. ’Tis the season.

Wrongly pointing fingers

It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton and President Obama are in no way responsible for the coldblooded assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Nor do the tens of thousands of Americans who have demonstrated against police brutality in recent weeks bear any measure of blame.

Wilf Woods | Football fanatics

The story of four football fanatics, who drove their Harleys every weekend to see the Washington Huskies play, is told by Cashmere’s Tom Hart.