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The Irish would think it a miracle

Remember, the last time we considered the persistent, destructive evil of the microbe Phytophthora infestans, it was to remember that early in the 19th century this plant pathogen, this unfun fungus, claimed nearly a million Irish victims. It virtually destroyed the island’s food supply, so quickly and thoroughly turning tubers to putrid mush that no one knew what was happening. A million more left the dead and starving behind and emigrated to America, where their descendents write occasional newspaper columns when not eating potatoes that probably were exposed to Phytophthora ...

They already named it Denali

Name a mountain for fleeting political purposes, and eventually they will change it for political purposes, fleeting or not. This will be, even if the mountain is the tallest in North America and was named for the then-governor of Ohio, William McKinley, who would become president of the United States and, sad to say, be assassinated by 28-year-old anarchist from Detroit named Leon Czolgosz.

Eugene Robinson | Digging a hole to build a wall

It was just a matter of time before one of the keen-eyed Republican candidates for president spotted the menace that looms over this country, threatening our national security with blasts of Arctic air and proof that socialized medicine works: Canada.

Common Ground: Eastmont grad gets major grant to save infants’ lives

When Christy McKinney was growing up in East Wenatchee, her mother Bonita helped inspire her to use sewing as a creative outlet. In sewing her own clothes, McKinney learned how to take various pieces of fabric and put them together in new ways to create unique and functional designs.

Wilf Woods | An impressive memorial

We watched the impressive ceremony that the Forest Service put on Sunday at the Town Toyota Center on television, like many others.

Editorial Board | Preparing for the next megafire

It was evident change was desperately needed. The tragedy of the Carlton Complex and the sense that we had entered a new era of ever-larger megafires was motivation enough. We must change the way we prepare for wildfires on the federal, state and especially at the community level. We must change the way we respond when fire inevitably comes. We must change the way firefighting and fire prevention are funded. We must rethink forest and land management to reduce the hazardous fuels our neglect has allowed to build to explosive ...

Editorial Board | Water to save

Hardship has a way of focusing our attention, and revealing possibilities. Hardship in the form of record low snowpack, record low river flows and unprecedented restrictions on water for agriculture, should focus our attention acutely.

Editorial Board | The fund to renew

Congress is soon to return from its summer recess, and in the normal state of perpetual crisis it will soon face a deadline. This is one too important to overlook. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supplies significant funding for everything outdoors, from national parks to neighborhood parks, will expire Sept. 30

George Will | Affirming a right to die

SAN DIEGO — Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying.