As an ordinary American comfortably covered by a spouse’s health insurance plan, I have observed the Obamacare debacle with a kind of detached astonishment. I am not surprised that government faced with extraordinary complexities appears inept. I’ve seen that before. I’m not surprised when elected officials tell people what they want to hear, even if it’s not true. I’ve seen that before. I’m not surprised that people think health care and the insurance to pay for it is far more expensive than it should be. I’ve seen that before. What ...
Critics of the agreement with Iran concerning its nuclear program are right about most things but wrong about the most important things. They understand the agreement’s manifest and manifold defects and its probable futility. Crucial components of Iran’s nuclear infrastructure remain. U.S. concessions intended to cultivate the Iranian regime’s “moderates” are another version of the fatal conceit that U.S. policy can manipulate other societies. As is the hope that easing economic sanctions will create an Iranian constituency demanding nuclear retreat in exchange for yet more economic relief. Critics are, however, ...
It was 1967 that Bruce and Gwyneth Mitchell gave the old Mitchell home to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society on south Wenatchee Avenue. Since that time, the society has become an essential part of taking care of our valley’s animal population.
The tree fruit folks are in town in big numbers for the Hort convention. Exhibitors are here in big numbers, too, filling the ground floor of both the convention center and the lobbies of the Performing Arts Center and the convention hall.
I was wandering through the exhibits at the Northwest Hort Expo at the Wenatchee Convention Center Tuesday, and was overwhelmed. The sheer high-tech flashiness of it all was impressive. You could spend the next several days gathering information on everything from pheromone sprays to postharvest fungus control to H2A-compliant portable housing. There were dozens of vendors and hundreds of people wandering in an out and hundreds more listening to presentations from a worldwide selection of experts and scientists, and an occasional lawyer, at the Washington Horticultural Association Annual Meeting.
WASHINGTON — “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”
The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and its partners are busy assessing their first united tourism promotional campaign. We do not know how the returns will come in, but expect them to measure a positive impact. The “Wenatchee — What Will You Pick Today” slogan was memorable, but the campaign was best for uniting the communities with a sense of purpose. The stronger effort has already had an impact.
MILWAUKEE — In 2011, tens of thousands of government employees and others, enraged by Gov. Scott Walker’s determination to break the ruinously expensive and paralyzing grip that government workers’ unions had on Wisconsin, took over the capitol building in Madison. With chanting, screaming and singing supplemented by bullhorns, bagpipes and drum circles, their cacophony shook the building that the squalor of their occupation made malodorous. They spat on Republican legislators and urinated on Walker’s office door. They shouted, “This is what democracy looks like!”
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