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Obama vs. Putin: Mismatch

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.

Common Ground | Tedx: ‘How far are you willing to go?’

“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.

Salmon to the headwaters?

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.

When geography matters

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.

Common Ground | ‘Local Solutions’ page debuts Sunday

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.

Is a tax break a state expense?

What have you sacrificed, if you agree to give up something you do not have, and never will have? Have you lost something, if you agree not to take money you will never earn?

Dershowitz and Starr: A matter of principle

When it comes to tackling complicated legal issues, one would be hard-pressed to conjure a less likely partnership than Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Baylor University President Ken Starr.

Wilf Woods | Shackleton’s ‘lost men’

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.

Online poll results

Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses
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Photo-opping salvation

WASHINGTON — This week’s meeting between Pope Francis and President Obama holds great promise in a time of turmoil, though not necessarily in the ways some may hope.

Economic growth can be ours

The recent release of air quality samples from Northwest Washington are the latest factual findings in a series of air-agency reports from across the region in recent years that have shown no actual impacts from coal dust.

We welcome conservation district to World building

We are delighted to have the Cascadia Conservation District staff now sharing our offices. They moved in at the end of last month and filled up much of the second floor of our building at 14 N. Mission St.

A transportation plan is still vital

In legislating, in politics, doing nothing is easy. Risk is minimal, efficiency maximized. Partisanship, the art of orchestrating your opponent’s failure, is only slightly more difficult. Doing something, reaching a difficult goal for the good of the state and all its citizens, that is difficult. Bipartisanship and compromise are required almost always. Risks are great, leadership and courage essential.

Veto this drone bill

There is never a good reason for writing hasty, confusing legislation likely to be fraught with unintended consequences. Certainly, fear of government drones is no excuse.