The Wenatchee World



The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

This Afternoon

Hi71° Slight Chance Showers


Lo49° Slight Chance Showers then Partly Cloudy


Hi70° Mostly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo45° Mostly Cloudy

Columbus Day

Hi69° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo54° Partly Cloudy


Hi73° Sunny

Tuesday Night

Lo51° Mostly Clear


Hi75° Sunny

Wednesday Night

Lo53° Mostly Clear

Charles Krauthammer: Another massacre, another charade

There’s the cycle of poverty. There’s the cycle of violence. And then there’s the cycle of gun talk. It starts with a mass shooting. Gun-control advocates blame the deaths on gun-control opponents, who argue, in turn, that none of the proposed restrictions would have had any effect on the incident in question. The debate goes nowhere. The media move on.

Tracy Warner | Assimilating, all over again

There was a man named Julius, born in 1801 in the duchy of Braunschweig, in the principality of Lower Saxony, in the north-central slice of what we now call Germany. For reasons I can only imagine, in 1854 Julius, his wife Christine and 13-year-old son John Henry packed up their few meager belongings and moved to, of all places, the United States. They settled in central Maryland, in the city of Frederick, where not coincidentally there were many other Saxon emigres and speakers of German.

George Will: Impeach the IRS director

“Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should (have) let the (S)outh go. We really do seem to have 2 totally different mindsets.” Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, was referring to Southern secessionist states when he urged President-elect Lincoln to “let the erring sisters go in peace.”

Tracy Warner | Remember that trade is good

Prepare to hear of deep conspiracies, of devious plans to suck jobs out of the United States like soda from a straw, of efforts to force foreign peasants to toil for faceless corporations for pennies while American workers stand in the unemployment line. I cannot say with certainty, but if the debate over the Trans-Pacific Partnership flows like free trade agreements of the past, most of that will be hot air.

Tracy Warner | Mass murder, followed by talk

“This is a political choice that we make to allow this to happen every few months in America. We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction” said President Barack Obama in the wake of Thursday’s mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College.

George F. Will | Finding our place in the universe

BALTIMORE — Twinkling stars are pretty but, for astronomers, problematic. Twinkles are caused by the interference of Earth’s atmosphere with light radiating throughout the breathtakingly beautiful and unimaginably violent universe. In 1990, however, the Hubble telescope went into orbit 370 miles above Earth, beyond the atmospheric filter, peering perhaps 12 billion years into the past, almost to the Big Bang of 13.7 billion years ago.

Editorial Board | Happy arena days

Such a joyous event should not be ignored. Last week the city of Wenatchee received, as payment on debt, a $75,000 check from none other than the Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facilities District, aka Town Toyota Center.

Editorial Board | The next annex

The reasons are somewhat murky, but the effort to annex the Olds Station area into the city of Wenatchee has failed. To succeed the petitioners had to represent 60 percent of the assessed property value of the area to be annexed. Chelan County Assessor Deanna Walter, after nine months of investigation, said the valid signatures represent only 56.4 percent of the assessed value.

Editorial Board | Start the clock on Columbia treaty

The Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada is not some small parochial concern easily shuffled to the bottom of some Foggy Bottom in-box. It is a great agreement between great nations governing shared responsibilities for one of the great rivers of the world. It is a model of international cooperation over resources of enormous value. But it is old, it is out of balance, it is unnecessarily costly, and it needs to be changed.

Tracy Warner | Conservation allowed to die

We residents of Washington, including many who settled here because we liked the look of the place, have always offered our broad support for conservation. We willingly set aside land for the enjoyment of future generations. In my experience this support transcends the usual political boundaries, left and right. Our parks and trails, our forests and rivers, our lakes and beaches are precious.