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The line between truth, sensitivity

When photographer Mike Bonnicksen asked me to look at one of his photos early one morning last week I knew there was a decision to be made. I can’t recall him ever asking for my thoughts on a photo of something like a person tending to a flower garden.

Feeling sick? Some of you can stay home

Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who’ve never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that’s a good thing.

Remembering the ‘forgotten war’

It is often said — perhaps not often enough — that war accomplishes nothing. It is true, mostly, but as I was reminded recently, not always.

Our mismanaged, tinder forests

When our overgrown forests are rife with standing dead and diseased trees, a single heat source finds this to be the opportune fuel source for a catastrophic chain reaction, the type of catastrophic chain reaction that we are witnessing right now in Washington state. Here are my personal feelings on the fires that are currently threatening my childhood home in Plain:

Now is not the time to lay blame

The brush still burns, the afflicted gaze on ashes where once stood their home, ranchers count the dead stock and see the black range — anger and anguish are as natural as lightning, heat and wind. It is the season for second guessing.

After disaster, goodwill flows

The devastation brought by the Carlton Complex fires, and the human suffering left behind, has provoked us. Such a spontaneous outpouring of generosity has rarely been seen here. There is nothing like it in our memory.