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Cuba Derangement Syndrome

Barack Obama has made a geopolitical irrelevancy suddenly relevant to American presidential politics. For decades, Cuba has been instructive as a museum of two stark failures: socialism and the U.S. embargo. Now, Cuba has become useful as a clarifier of different Republican flavors of foreign-policy thinking.

Labels as landmines

Everyone understands that words matter. Observers of my writing know that I hopscotch my way through racial and ethnic labels quite a bit, using the conventions of my source materials whenever possible so as to not tinge my point with an easily misperceived term.

A year of fire and a year of hope

Imagine, you hold in your hand an envelope. By the size, color and stiffness you suspect it contains a Christmas card. You open it, and there it is. ’Tis the season.

Wrongly pointing fingers

It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton and President Obama are in no way responsible for the coldblooded assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Nor do the tens of thousands of Americans who have demonstrated against police brutality in recent weeks bear any measure of blame.

Wilf Woods | Football fanatics

The story of four football fanatics, who drove their Harleys every weekend to see the Washington Huskies play, is told by Cashmere’s Tom Hart.

Cuba may learn who is to blame

The poverty and despair of the Cuban people is almost beyond our comprehension. Many live in desperation, oppression heavy and not weakening. Yet, we are accustomed to hearing from Cuba’s rulers and sympathetic western media that their troubles are to blame almost entirely on the United States trade embargo. How could this be? Nothing stops Cuba from trading with every other nation on earth and yet they are barren, the economy barely better than nothing.

Power and policy

The Chelan PUD is dealing with a run on power requests. The would-be operators of small data centers and processors have cumulatively asked for more power than the PUD can sell, with 34 inquiries for a total of 220 megawatts. That is more than the load for Chelan County as a whole, reports The World’s Christine Pratt.

The pain can go

Those of us in a comfortable situation, used to considering the far-reaching implications of health care policy, forget how much pain and agony one faulty tooth can cause. And we forget, just how much it costs to have that tooth fixed, and what misery and complications might befall those without the means to pay for repairs or removal.

The rainbow that isn’t

I recently had to reiterate to my husband that minorities are far more scared of the police than non-minorities, even when we haven’t done anything wrong.

How to fight the lone wolf

The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

Wilf Woods | Of flutes and brews

It was 7000 B.C. and the excavations in a northern Chinese village of Jiahu turned up six flutes, one of them preserved well enough to still be played.

Vandals strike at the heart

Face it. Vandalism is a crime beyond explanation. Ordinary people with ordinary motives and emotion have difficulty understanding destruction for destruction’s sake. It is much easier to fathom theft, fraud, selling contraband or other forbidden means of personal enrichment. Crimes of addiction, anger or passion at least have some plausible motive. Smashing windows in a high school? Why?

Letters to the editor

I would like to clarify a few misconceptions that seem to be out in the community regarding the Make Your Day behavior program and school staff. First and foremost, the teachers and school staff I have had the immense pleasure of working with have huge hearts for kids. They work tirelessly to give students the best education possible — academically and socially. That means no matter what is happening in their lives outside of school, staff come in each morning and greet children with a smile, prepared to give the ...

A Texas-sized plate dispute

The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.