This week Russian bombers flew out of Iranian air bases to attack rebel positions in Syria. The State Department pretended not to be surprised. It should be. It should be alarmed. Iran’s intensely nationalistic revolutionary regime had never permitted foreign forces to operate from its soil. Until now.
I am a retired nuclear-trained Navy captain with over two decades of sea service, so I feel confident I can speak here with some expertise. Our armed forces are without question the finest and most powerful fighting force the world has ever known. So the men and women serving today deserve from our next president an unwavering respect for their committed dedication, expertise, and sacrifice.
Hillary Clinton vows never, ever to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, again, even if it is generally favorable to the United States. Donald Trump gives a major trade speech in front of a wall of crushed cans and vows, when elected, to use only American steel and aluminum in the huge bridges he will build. Then he talks about how his awesome negotiating prowess will bring Mexico to its knees.
I’m getting fed up with campaign advertising, and it’s only August. If only candidates could give us something new, an idea that might work. Instead we get cut-and-paste shopworn proposals we have heard again and again.
Consider the plight of the city of Pasco. Its leaders agree their system of electing members to the City Council may violate the federal Voting Rights Act. Council candidates are nominated by district, but chosen in all-city general elections. That makes it difficult for a Latino candidate to gain a seat. If their votes and political power are diluted, and that violates federal law.
Too often our health care system defies common sense, but sometimes small actions bring hope that occasionally, good intentions can combine with reason and logic to improve our condition. Often, these sensible moves involve bringing health care to people who need it, and where it will do good. The coming partnership between the Wenatchee School District and Columbia Valley Community Health to open a clinic at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School is a wonderful example.