In the Wenatchee Valley, we take it for granted that Washingtonians rely on our natural surroundings both for our quality of life and for building strong businesses. It is easy to accept as a given because we live in such a scenic area, but it is gratifying to see a governor in Olympia taking note as well.
There is economic good that comes from a close proximity to a giant concert venue like The Gorge Amphitheatre. Few can doubt that, seeing the tax revenue and sales figures. But with the good comes the bad, and there are places where the bad concentrates, and the financial boost from the good has never been seen.
Call it the Dream Act or the REAL Hope Act, the effect is the same. Making undocumented students eligible for state financial aid is a good investment. Letting young people share in the American dream of self-improvement through education and effort benefits everyone. These are students who, though undocumented, have grown up among us, were often educated in our schools and hope to attend our institutions of higher learning, if they can afford it. This will help in significant and tangible ways.
Shock and awe. Those words describe a reasonable reaction to Tuesday’s Wenatchee School District bond election. The bonds have received nearly 69 percent approval as of Friday’s count. No comparable result springs to mind. No one remembers anything like it, an epic landslide. There are candidates running unopposed who don’t get 69 percent of the vote. There have been school bonds close to that result, in reverse. To get 69 percent approval for any kind of public debt is unusual. To get it for a $66.5 million debt that requires ...
Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans’ reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring America’s economic vigor. Without this, the nation will have a dismal future only Democrats can relish: government growing in order to allocate scarce opportunity.
Tim Armstrong is the corporate villain du jour for singling out the high costs of caring for sick babies. But the AOL chief executive did America’s premature infants a big favor by bringing their pint-sized pains to national attention.
What we have now is typically referred to as “the status quo.” For immigration and labor migration, external and internal, this means 11 million people in perpetual legal limbo, legal immigration severely restricted, employers increasingly unable to find willing workers, crucial industries dependent on a shrinking supply of illegal labor, a border slightly porous, and the technological tools for rooting out undocumented labor becoming more widespread and effective.
In the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act, oddly referred to by Democrats as the law of the land even as it is amended at will by presidential fiat, we are beginning to understand the extent of its war on jobs.
A cynic might say Gov. Jay Inslee is just striking another pose for his liberal benefactors. First the sudden budgetary epiphany on school funding and teacher pay hikes, then the let’s-raise-the-minimum-wage trendiness, and now a moratorium on executions. It may be early in his term, but it’s never too early to question political sincerity. The trouble is, on the death penalty Inslee is right.
Many “Downton Abbey” watchers are nostalgia gluttons who grieved when Lord Grantham lost his fortune in Canadian railroad shares. There are, however, a discerning few whose admirable American sensibilities caused them to rejoice about Grantham’s loss: “Now perhaps this amiable but dilettantish toff will get off his duff and get a job.”
Today is the 205th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. It was once known in many states as Lincoln’s Birthday, worthy of celebration, sanctioned as holiday, when school was out and government made the extraordinary sacrifice of paying people for no work.