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George Will | Deepen Charleston’s port, and the big ships will come

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Technology has put powerful computers in billions of pockets, but an invention much more mundane than the smartphone — the shipping container: a rectangular steel box — also has changed the world. Because of it, two of today’s preoccupations — infrastructure and globalization — are connected by a chain of events that began more than 60 years ago and today runs through Congress and to the wharves of Charleston’s booming port.

Cal Fitzsimmons | Mail voting has changed our coverage

Washington state has been one of the leaders in vote-by-mail elections and by almost all accounts it has been a huge success. While frustrated voters in other states stand in long lines on one day to cast their ballots, we vote at our leisure and either mail it back or put it in a drop box by election day. Simple.

Common Ground | New Nordic foundation being launched

The proposed expansion of Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort would create an opportunity for 12 kilometers of Nordic skiing, and that possibility has sparked the launch of the Wenatchee Valley Nordic Foundation, a youth-oriented organization dedicated to cultivating year-round outdoor activities in the valley. 

Safety Valve | Letters from readers

Shame on Grant County PUD!!! What were they thinking when they created a fire hazard in Sunland Estates by destroying the fire buffer grass that THEY had permitted?

Rufus Woods | Success of Pybus Public Market depends on community investment

In its first three years of operation, Pybus Public Market has turned out to be an invaluable asset to the Wenatchee Valley. Its stunning physical beauty, eclectic mix of interesting restaurants shops along with its vast array of community-centered programs has made it the most popular destination in the valley. It literally put the Wenatchee Valley on the map for thousands of visitors who walk in the doors, look around, and say Wow!

Wilf Woods | 50 acres and a prayer

How the Brethren immigrated to Sunnyslope in 1903 was the subject of a paper by Geraldine Eller, wife of local educator Jay Eller. She was given access to Great Northern Railway files on their immigration department, and wrote the piece in 1960.

Wilf Woods | A story with some steam behind it

Sixty years ago, Wenatchee acquired a piece of railroad history, steam locomotive number 1147, which sits in a city park near the old Columbia River bridge. The park is appropriately called Locomotive Park.

George Will | The consequential Senate race

GLENOLDEN, Pa. — From Erie in the west to Scranton in the east, Pennsylvania is flecked with casualties the stubborn economic sluggishness and relentless globalization have inflicted on industrial communities. But in this middle-class Philadelphia suburb, Tom Danzi knows that the economy is denting even his business repairing damaged cars.

World Editorial Board | Deadly force and our protectors

We struggle as a nation, as a state and as a community to decide when a law enforcement officer is justified in using deadly force. We are uneasy, as we sense an escalation in the number of deadly police shootings, here and elsewhere. Emotions rise when we learn the suspect deceased at the hands of police was unarmed, and from cursory descriptions did not appear to be much of threat. Tensions escalate with a partial glimpse of shootings, through videos by police cameras or passersby, posted on the Internet. It ...

World Editorial Board | Substations, here

The Chelan County PUD, lest we forget, is a public agency with statutory obligations and duties. One is to supply electricity to residents who need and want it. Another, is to listen to and consider the criticisms of those who object to the way they go about the job.

Tracy Warner | What would Mencken say?

H.L. Mencken, journalist and great political observer of the 20th century, the Sage of Baltimore, possessed a keen eye and a healthy distrust of politicians. The Mencken quotes that follow were published recently by Mark J. Perry of the American Enterprise Institute on the occasion of Menken’s 136th birthday. I added some unfair and out-of-context quotes from our current presidential candidates for the purpose of illustration.

Charles Krauthammer | Hillary sharpens, Trump softens, he rises, she falls

If you are the status quo candidate in a change election in which the national mood is sour and two-thirds of the electorate think the country is on the wrong track, what do you do? Attack. Relentlessly. Paint your opponent as extremist, volatile, clueless, unfit, dangerous. Indeed, Hillary Clinton’s latest national ad, featuring major Republican politicians echoing that indictment of Donald Trump, ends thus: “Unfit. Dangerous. Even for Republicans.”