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Wilf Woods | ‘Band of Giants’

A new book on our war of independence, “Band of Giants,” by Jack Kelly is a succinct description of the amateur soldiers who won that war, despite the many personal conflicts among them.

Data for the pessimists, or not

This appears to be a glass-half-full-or-half-empty situation. We working people are not making as much money as we did at the dawn of this horrible recession, late in 2008. The U.S. Census American Community Survey numbers released this month tell the story. The recession supposedly is over and recovery under way, but it is hard to find solace in the statistics.

Cry, you’re on hidden camera

Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

Attacking poverty

The first step has come — to acknowledge that poverty is a community problem, not something for someone else to fight or to hand off to distant government. The second step is to join together, to collaborate in a community strategy to break the cycle of poverty that sadly is often passed from generation to generation.

Columbia treaty: Time to move

The Columbia River Treaty turned 50 Tuesday. In 1964 the United States and Canada signed the agreement that has been praised around the world as a model of international resource management. The recent anniversary was less a celebration of the past than a welcome of opportunity. They come not to praise the treaty, but change it.

Bank gets a stay

The Export-Import Bank of the United States, crucial to the economy of a trade-dependent state like Washington, has been given a reprieve. Congress last week voted to extend the bank’s charter to June 30, 2015.

The jihadi logic working against the U.S.

What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion?

A lot’s happened at Grant PUD

Operating two hydroelectric plants on the Mid-Columbia requires the ability to balance multiple interests at all times. Considerations for fish passage, recreation, cultural resources, electric generation, irrigation, and public safety are constants for Grant PUD. The complexity of this work compounds while we are responding to one of the greatest challenges faced by a hydropower operator on the Columbia River, a fracture at our Wanapum Dam.

In Scotland, they won’t forget her

In 1984 I was at a crossroads somewhere in County Durham in the north of England, a solo tourist with nothing much to do. I was dropped off by my English hosts, to fend for myself while they tended to their jobs. After a few hours of perusing Durham Cathedral, checking out Saint Cuthbert’s shrine and the tomb of Saint Bede the Venerable, the major attractions, I wandered through the surrounding cemetery and assorted monuments.

Where do we get the money?

It is becoming the accepted view, despite the occasional contradiction and naysayer, that Washington and its government does not have enough money. It needs to tax more, tax higher and tax soon, and if properly done it will skim off the top and inject into the bottom.

Obama must ask Congress

The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State.

Speed cameras for revenue, or safety?

When I filed for the position of Wenatchee City Council, I pledged to the citizens of Wenatchee to provide leadership and a common-sense approach, and to build public trust through communication and transparency. I’ve recently felt like there has been a shift from public input and opinion to an agenda forced process. The issue I want to discuss with this writing is the effort to install speed cameras in three of our school zones. The safety of the public and especially our children is one of my top priorities, and ...

Get this movie out of my head, please

I am sorry for this tardy review of a movie a year old, but what I saw has my brain locked in a fit of obsession. It is driving me crazy. I know of no way to break it without confession. I must save myself.