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George Will | The ‘settled’ consensus du jour

Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism’s determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by by 16 states’ attorneys general and those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly “settled” conclusions of climate science.

World Editorial Board | Productive vetoes

The legislative budget writers are upset that their perfectly balanced supplement is now slightly and probably imperceptibly tilted. Nevertheless, Gov. Jay Inslee has done well for the state with two line-item vetoes that preserve vital programs.

Tracy Warner | A better world the green way

We have, somewhere on an office wall, an ancient panoramic photo of the Wenatchee alluvial plain in the earliest days of its settlement by descendents of Europeans. The scene is notable for what it lacks — green vegetation.
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Charles Krauthammer: Our own Mickey Mantle

We all have our ways of marking the seasons. I know it’s spring when in early April I start my morning by skipping The Washington Post front page and going right to the sports section. It’s not until I’ve fully savored the baseball box scores that I resignedly turn to politics.

Tracy Warner | Whose hero gets the bill?

It gets messy, putting real people on money. At least it does in the United States, where a century ago we began disposing of our beautiful coins and one by one replacing them with the hero du jour. That started in 1909, when President Theodore Roosevelt decided fellow Republican Abraham Lincoln, deceased for just 44 years and still hated in much of the country, should get his bust on the cent. A perfectly fine and noble generic Indian maiden in headdress was replaced by a deceased president. It honored Lincoln ...

George Will: The gift of Trump’s ramshackle campaign

One fine day, in a fit of euphoria, after he had picked up the telephone and taken an order for zero-coupon bonds that had brought him a $50,000 commission, just like that, this very phrase had bubbled up into his brain. On Wall Street he and a few others — how many? — three hundred, four hundred, five hundred? — had become precisely that ... Masters of the Universe.
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Eugene Robinson: Too late to turn back Trump

For decades, the Republican Party gave voters the impression that they get to pick the presidential nominee. The much-weakened GOP establishment theoretically has the power to choose someone else — but not, I believe, the strength of purpose to do it.

Common Ground | Let’s help WHS students fund a Habitat house

Wenatchee High School Interact Club members are on the cusp of an audacious achievement — raising $50,000 to fund a house for Habitat for Humanity. I would be shocked if there is another group of kids in the country that have accomplished that feat.

Common Ground | Brain scientist and a folksinger bring message of hope

Brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor's greatest insight came when a stroke left her incapacitated. In the process of recovery, she discovered that each of us can learn to live with compassion, creativity and joy and free ourselves from the part of mind that is judging, angry and never feels safe.

Wilf Woods | Drastic time, drastic measure

When the President Franklin D. Roosevelt closed all the banks in the country in 1933, the "bank holiday" put the squeeze on business — all business. There was no money changing hands.

George Will | Histories that shouldn’t be secret

When President Obama departs for Saudi Arabia, an incubator of the 9/11 attacks, he will leave behind a dispute about government secrecy. The suppression of 28 pages, first from a public congressional inquiry and then from the 2004 report by the national 9/11 Commission, has spared the Saudis embarrassment, which would be mild punishment for complicity in 2,977 murders. When Obama returns, he should keep his promise to release the pages. Then he should further curtail senseless secrecy by countermanding the CIA’s refusal to release its official history of the ...
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World Editorial Board | Senator exemplary

It is not our custom to praise politicians while they still hold office, but last week’s announcement from Sen. Linda Evans Parlette that she will not seek another term leads us to make an exception. Parlette, 20 years a state senator, four years in the House, has served the 12th District with intelligence, energy and a high level of integrity. There was never a moment when you sensed her constituents’ well-being was anything less than her primary concern.