If you wondered if funneling most of North America’s increasing coal exports through the Pacific Northwest might have some serious environmental consequences, you will have to wait awhile for answers to the big questions. For example: Will exporting 70 million metric tons of coal annually from Northwest ports by 2017, as some estimates project, contribute significantly to the buildup of atmospheric greenhouse gases and therefore hasten the coming climate catastrophe? Will a sizable increase in coal train traffic significantly degrade air quality in the Northwest?
President Obama used very personal terms to introduce his “My Brother’s Keeper” campaign to help young minority men with a variety of coordinated intervention efforts. Citing his own childhood struggles, his anger and subsequent poor decisions — including drug use — Obama made clear that this new effort is very dear to him.
The term “statesman” isn’t used much these days, not as it once was understood, to describe a leader adept at using the tools of politics and government for constructive purposes. Politics is now mostly destructive, a game to tear down, not build up, and so there are not many, if any, who deserve the label. Don Moos I’m sure thought that a pity. Don Moos was a statesman.
One hundred years after a spark in Central Europe ignited a conflagration from which the world has not yet recovered and from which Europe will never recover, armed forces have crossed an international border in Central Europe, eliciting this analysis from Secretary of State John Kerry: “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century. It really puts at question Russia’s capacity to be within the G8.”
I bumped into Sara Lippert down at the Pybus Market and she had a fistful of info about our college’s “Alumni Loyalty Program.” Wenatchee Valley College approaches its 75th anniversary with a pitch to local businesses to join in helping thank WVC alumni for supporting the college.
WASHINGTON — At the risk of repeating myself, the federal minimum wage is far too low and needs to be raised. Republicans who claim to be worried about lost jobs can dry their crocodile tears, because a few simple measures would get all those jobs back — and lots more.
It is a rare and remarkable example of cooperation, a community endeavor for the common good, a partnership composed of what are politely called “diverse interests.” The Stemilt Partnership, with farmers, sportsmen, irrigators, government, skiers, snowmobiliers, hikers, fishers, foresters, conservationists, was able to compile a common vision for public land in the gorgeous Upper Stemilt Basin, land they all cherished, and map out goals for its long-term protection. It was, it is, an effort years in the making. It would be in everyone’s best interest if they succeed, if at ...
The Wenatchee Downtown Association honored one of the valley’s great civic leaders last night when Sam Mills of Mills Brothers received the Spirit of Downtown Award at the annual appreciation dinner at the Wenatchee Convention Center.