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The chairs came right on time

I’ll let you in on a secret. I was not sitting in my pickup at dawn Thursday with a load of folding chairs, jealously watching my chosen spot, prepared to fend off sooners and claim jumpers, ready to move at the strike of 7 to mark my territory and show the world what is rightfully mine. Mine! My parade spot! Keep off!

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran

In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider:

When bootleggers and Baptists converge

Smoking, said King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal treasury until Virginia produced a bumper crop of revolutionaries, including the tobacco farmer George Washington.

What you don’t know can hurt

From our no-good-deed-goes-unpunished file comes the ballad of Mario Fry. Newly retired, two years ago Fry embarked on his dream of restoring an old home, offering revival to the work of a century past, making it fit shelter for a family and a point of pride for a rising neighborhood. This, we should all agree, is a good thing, for Fry and for many others.

Mr. Hughes flies in Washington

WASHINGTON — When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn’t worried about being shot down, he says.

They want the Columbia again

Do not joke about William Shatner. The former Capt. Kirk proposes building a pipeline to divert water from the Northwest to “solve” California’s drought. He’s launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

Confirm Loretta Lynch now

In a sane world, the Republican-led Senate would have confirmed Loretta Lynch as attorney general months ago. But sanity hasn’t been seen around here in some time.

Kelley must resign, now

Auditor Troy Kelley occupies the state office perhaps most reliant on reputation and the appearance of honesty and fairness. Its duty is to protect the integrity of public finances, to ensure tax dollars are spent as appropriated and according to law, that every penny is properly tracked, and to guard that nothing, absolutely nothing, is unlawfully diverted for personal gain. Now Kelley faces a 10-count federal indictment accusing him of, essentially, using tricks, subterfuge and deception to take money due the clients of his real estate records business, then concealing ...

The treaty calls

The Columbia River Treaty, the great-but-dated international agreement governing one of the great rivers of the world, is just sitting and waiting. A year ago the Obama administration and its State Department were asked, reasonably, to prepare to negotiate with Canada to update the treaty and revise its terms. Nothing has happened. Nothing has been initiated. There are no negotiations or even talk of negotiations.

Eastmont abroad

When we read of Eastmont Superintendent Garn Christensen’s volunteer relief trip to Malawi, the first reaction was sorrow at the thought of such horrible, widespread human suffering. The second reaction was gratitude for Christensen’s selfless acts, and for many like him. Those who give of themselves to comfort their fellow human beings in times of strife and tragedy deserve our thanks and praise.

Maybe it’s all about the houses

Everyone frets about income inequality. It is the cause of the season, and should be. Its burdens are felt by every working soul and exploited by every I-feel-your-pain politician. We have developed an economy where two-thirds of the populace are condemned to a steady erosion of their standing, while the top fly ever higher. Disparity grows by the day, seemingly not to be stopped, and this has profound social, economic and political ramifications.

The queen travels by van

See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam, wanted in seven states for a failed foreign policy.

We are your guardians

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a group of teenagers who were part of a Scouting organization.