November is Focus on Education Month across Washington state. Sponsored by multiple education groups, Focus on Education Month provides local school districts across North Central Washington the chance to showcase the rigorous instruction, advancing technology, and the professional collaboration that ensures our students are prepared for the new global workplace.
There is no substitute for the power of passion and energy for making a difference in the human condition, whether the cause is local or global. When people give of themselves, they inspire others to do the same.
You can grow weary in this laboratory of direct democracy. We are the proving ground for Armageddon strategists, a prep for the final battle between good and evil. Why else would Monsanto spend millions to keep us from stamping labels on the squeezings from its GMO seeds? Or why could Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps spend a substantially fewer millions to convince us to deploy a virtual Mr. Yuck against agribusiness conglomerates?
WASHINGTON — Ms. Know-It-All, the anonymous political advice columnist whose identity remains a popular Georgetown cocktail party guessing game, is also known to live up to her title now and then. Herewith a correspondence worth sharing.
WASHINGTON — It takes chutzpah, or perhaps just an extraordinary lack of self-awareness, to argue vehemently that a program should never be implemented — and then complain it isn’t being implemented well enough.
It’s hard to believe that the Wenatchee Valley Senior Center is already 20 years old. Executive Director Dave Tosch tells me that there’s going to be a celebration on Friday, 3 p.m. at the facility with dignitaries from both Wenatchee and East Wenatchee along with a color guard from the American Legion.
There’s going to be quite a party at Pybus Public Market Wednesday evening when two short documentaries highlighting the achievements and influence of fruit industry giants Tom Mathison and Grady Auvil will be shown free to the public. Filmmakers Jamie Howell and Jeff Ostenson will be on hand to answer questions after the documentaries.
Another November, another bleak budget for the city of Wenatchee. News reports quote Mayor Frank Kuntz: “I’m trying to put together a 2014 budget with 2004 revenues. If your costs keep going up and your revenues remain flat, every year you’re going to have to get rid of two or three more people.”
We admit, the thought is surreal. The idea of a perfectly legal state-licensed corner store selling marijuana, a retail operation not so different from selling cigarettes, pop and beer, is difficult for the mind long accustomed to pot prohibition to accept. We the law-abiding think of marijuana as fodder for the police blotter, not something people can walk down the street and buy.
This term the Supreme Court will rule on important subjects from racial preferences to restrictions on political speech, but its most momentous case, to be argued Tuesday, concerns the prosecution of a Pennsylvania woman who caused a chemical burn on a romantic rival’s thumb. The issue is: Can Congress’ powers, which supposedly are limited because they are enumerated, be indefinitely enlarged into a sweeping police power by the process of implementing a treaty?
Members of Wenatchee High School’s Interact Club have built a reputation for achieving extraordinary goals, so don’t bet against them in their quest to earn a guest appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show to try to make a global impact by improving access to clean water in Africa.