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George Will | Academia may now be beyond satire

The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering. 

Common Ground | This reluctant dancer prepares to take the stage

When Matt Cadman, the executive director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center, calls and asks you to do something, it's almost impossible to say no. He has contributed so much time and energy to making the PAC an outstanding community asset that people want to do whatever they can to help out, even if it means risking public embarrassment. 

Tracy Warner | Obamacare dead, then what?

Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, in his 2015 majority opinion in King v. Burwell, wrote of the Affordable Care Act’s obvious ambiguities, complexity, and plain sloppiness. “The Affordable Care Act contains more than a few examples of inartful drafting ... The act does not reflect the type of care and deliberation that one might expect of such significant legislation.”

George Will | Obama’s unforced errors

When Barack Obama moves two miles from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to 2446 Belmont Road in Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood, he will live half a mile from 2340 S Street, where Woodrow Wilson spent his three post-presidential years. Wilson’s embittering foreign policy failure was the Senate’s rejection of the U.S. participation in the embodiment of Wilsonian aspirations, the League of Nations. Obama leaves office serene because “almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago.”

Editorial Board | Riggs, storyteller

We at The Wenatchee World last week bid farewell to our beloved colleague, reporter Dee Riggs, who stepped into much-deserved retirement after a nearly 40-year career.

Editorial Board | Stemilt partners show us how

This, at last, is the fulfillment of the original vision, said Chelan County Director of Natural Resources Mike Kaputa. Two sections of land at the head of the Stemilt Basin south of Wenatchee will be sold by the Department of Natural Resources to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. The land will be reserved for watershed, wildlife habitat and recreation.

Charles Krauthammer | Cold War relic, present day threat

You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “We have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road.

Tracy Warner | Secede? We’re too old for that

I have to apologize for this topic, but it is the first week in January and the newsmakers of the world are still fighting their hangovers. Nothing much is going on, except for the odd terrorist attack in a faraway land, a civil war here and there, a new Congress convening. Nothing exciting.

Art of Community | Poverty program inspires Chelan woman to overcome

 CHELAN — Amanda Austin is an articulate, college-educated former television news producer with a winning smile and two young children. Most people would never guess that she and her kids are living in poverty and rely on some public assistance to make ends meet. And she would never have imagined being in this situation, either. Austin told me she went from having a home with a pool to barely making it, as the result of a divorce.

We must ‘own’ our health

For all of us, the health of our loved ones and ourselves is probably our highest priority. We want good health, a productive life, and high quality of life. Health care is one part of that effort, but there are also social factors (education, nutrition, housing, transportation), environmental factors (clean air and water), genetic factors, and personal behavior habits that contribute. Given the increasing importance of this topic, I’m hoping to write on a regular basis about health care issues that affect our community. I want to start though with ...

Tracy Warner | Jump, you carmakers, jump

We all want to tell automobile manufacturers how to build cars. Or, lately, we tell them how to build trucks or crossovers or SUVs, since we aren’t buying so many cars these days. Our input, the customers, comes by traditional dirty capitalistic means. The automakers try very hard to build vehicles we will buy, which makes good sense. They generally do a very good job, judging by profit.

George Will | Obama was indeed transformational, unfortunately

Any summation of Barack Obama’s impact on domestic policy and politics should begin with this: In 2008, he assured supporters, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Soon he will be replaced by someone who says, “I alone can fix it.” So, Americans have paid Obama the compliment of choosing continuity, if only in presidential narcissism. 

Tracy Warner | President Trump: What to say?

Before the Trump administration becomes real we should discuss our mutual expectations. I will say that although I did not support him, Donald Trump has been duly elected president of the United States and thus is deserving of our respect. On these pages he will be treated with the dignity we give all presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton included. That means unfounded rumors, related garbage and resulting insinuations about ancestry or personal behavior will not be published. We have been tossing that stuff in the bin ...

Eugene Robinson | Knowledge, experience and the truth matter

Humility is a virtue but fake humility is a sin, or ought to be. So let me begin the new year with full-throated praise of some people and institutions that supposedly got their comeuppance in November: the mainstream media, so-called “coastal elites,” share-the-wealth liberals, pointy-headed intellectuals and others said to be hopelessly out of touch with the “real America.”