With the successful completion of the recent $8.67 million Wenatchee Foothills Campaign, land protected in the foothills west of Wenatchee for people and wildlife has doubled. Now our community has new opportunities, with expanded possibilities for exploring, hiking, mountain biking and riding horses. Increased use also presents new challenges. As a community we need to ensure that we use the land in a way that prevents damage and preserves the beauty of this amazing resource that is ours.
Yes, there is a problem. Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz can analyze a balance sheet, but it doesn’t take a CPA to see it: City tax revenues are stagnant, barely rising if they rise at all, with little prospect of improvement. At the same time, expenses rise, naturally and more quickly. The city’s ability to perform its duties and serve the public erodes. The economy inside the city limits no longer produces enough tax revenue to support city services at the level we have come to expect.
The United States does not view Europe as a battleground between East and West, nor do we see the situation in Ukraine as a zero-sum game. That’s the kind of thinking that should have ended with the Cold War.
“How far are you willing to go?” asked Dr. Gene Sharratt at the conclusion of the inaugural TEDx Wenatchee Valley event on Thursday afternoon. The theme of the event was “Connecting the Dots,” in reference to the habit of organizations and individuals to operate in silos rather than collaborate and cooperate.
This historical perspective has relevance today, as we continue to sort through the myriad ways human exploitation and indifference have devastated the salmon and steelhead fisheries of the Columbia. By comparison, there was great excitement this year as fisheries agencies released their forecast for 2014 salmon returns, and predicted 1.6 million fall chinook would return to the mouth of the Columbia, plus tens of thousands of other species, such as coho, spring chinook, sockeye and steelhead.
Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, said of Poland, perilously positioned between Russia and Germany: “If you pitch your tent in the middle of Fifth Avenue, it is quite likely you will be run over by a bus.” Poland has been run over hard and often; indeed, between 1795 and 1918 it disappeared from the map of Europe.
We are excited about a new feature we’re launching in Sunday’s World — our first “Local Solutions” page, which is dedicated to creatively exploring a local issue and suggest ways that individuals can pitch in and make a difference.
Among the heroes of exploration is Ernest Shackleton, whose ship was crushed before he reached Antarctica in 1914. But he took a small boat across the stormy Antarctic seas, rescuing every one of his crew.