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I recently received a flyer in my mailbox titled: “STOP THE SPREAD OF MARIJUANA GROW OPERATIONS ON WENATCHEE HEIGHTS” urging me to take a “united stand” against illegal grow operations in the Wenatchee Heights area. “There is strength in numbers” the flyer says. It goes on to say that I should voice complaints about “smell, traffic, noise, lights, etc.”

Charles Krauthammer: The arrow of history

How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same damn thing over and over, generation after generation — or is there hope for some enduring progress in the world order?

Kathleen Parker: A trump too far?

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren’t captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn’t believe in taking prisoners, either.

Rufus Woods | Magic happens at WestSide High

Whenever I visit WestSide High School in Wenatchee, I come away infused with enthusiasm and awe for the extraordinary place of learning that has been created. It gives me a great sense of hope and confidence for the future as I meet students, alumni and interact with the staff.

Cal FitzSimmons | Seeking out young talent

There have been teachers and even some of their students. There have been lawyers, engineers, medical professionals and small business owners. They've been almost evenly split between men and women.

Phil Rasmussen | Our state is failing community and technical colleges

It’s no secret that the 34 community and technical colleges (CTC’s) in Washington, including our own Wenatchee Valley College, serve more than 386,000 students with education and training to either successfully transfer or to meet the skilled worker needs of employers in our region.

Eugene Robinson | Sanders is playing with fire

Bernie Sanders is playing a dangerous game. If he and his campaign continue their scorched-earth attacks against the Democratic Party, they will succeed only in one thing: electing Donald Trump as president.

World Editorial Board | Foundation helps keep our nonprofits strong

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is hosting its annual Nonprofit Practices Institute on Monday, a program that helps nonprofit leaders share best practices and improve their effectiveness. The conference is a significant way for the foundation to contribute to the long-term well being of our region.

Rufus Woods | How we can end homelessness in our community

Homelessness has been virtually eradicated in Utah and the man responsible for guiding that effort, Lloyd Pendleton, will be in Wenatchee this coming week to help us figure out how to follow suit in Chelan and Douglas counties. 

Charles Krauthammer: Bernie, Hillary and the Donald factor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn reflecting stagnation at home and failure abroad. Two-thirds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. Yet after nearly two terms of Barack Obama’s corrosively unsuccessful liberalism — both parties have decisively moved left.

George Will: A cold can of ‘America’

Because advertising is a barometer that often accurately measures America’s psychological atmosphere, attention must be paid to this: From May 23 through the presidential election, Budweiser beer will bear a different name. Eager to do its bit to make America great again, the brewer will replace the name “Budweiser” with “America” on its 12-ounce bottles and cans.

Esther Cepeda: A Bill of Rights for domestic workers

CHICAGO — Workers’ rights are on a bit of a roll these days. Not only are $15 minimum-wage increases starting to take hold in top cities across the country, but bills mandating paid sick time are making their way through state legislatures. And top brands like Starbucks and J. Crew are eliminating erratic “on-call” work schedules for their employees.