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Solar power is good business forPUD and NCW

When my husband and I bought ridge-top property in 2004, we resolved that solar energy was in our future. When we looked into it closer this spring, we were incredibly pleased to find that doing the right thing is also financially feasible.

Our local ski areas need us more than ever

I am amazed at how the folks at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club survived the severe financial challenges brought on by the lack of snow last year.

Time to expand the corporate mind for long-term gain

Here’s a depressing statistic: Last year, U.S. companies spent a whopping $598 billion — not to develop new technologies, open new markets or to hire new workers but to buy up their own shares. By removing shares from circulation, companies made remaining shares pricier, thus creating the impression of a healthier business without the risks of actual business activity.

Want a healthier community? Connect the dots

Our North Central Washington communities would be greatly strengthened if we took a focused approach to solving our most pressing challenges — high poverty rates, lack of educational attainment, and serious health issues like as shockingly high teen birth rates.

Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday.

In Kentucky, a constitutional moment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So, Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate’s dignity.

Yes, a new hospital is needed

In reading the op-ed piece in The Wenatchee World (“A new Chelan hospital is expensive and not needed,” Oct. 15) submitted by Larry Hibbard and Robert Thompson, I was struck by a few observations:

Wendell George | Billy Frank Jr., up against power

On Oct. 15 Crosscut.com announced it would give its first David Brewster Lifetime Achievement Award in Courage to the late Nisqually leader Billy Frank Jr. Frank led a decades long fight to restore Northwest salmon runs and tribal treaty fishing rights. Frank often risked physical harm and legal repercussions in the struggle for rights granted the tribes by federal treaty. Here is a reminiscence of the era by Colville Confederated Tribes leader Wendell George.

The city could use your advice

How does the city of Wenatchee regularly receive focused citizen input on a variety of city issues? The city of Wenatchee has nine citizen advisory boards that are appointed by the City Council and have volunteer members that meet regularly and provide input and advisory opinions to the City Council reflecting their perspective on issues that affect the city. These advisory boards are:

Tackled by the language police

Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins.

To this lawyer, I-594 looks bad

I just finished reading complete text of Initiative 594. This is a terribly written, unnecessary law that won’t solve any problems but will create lots of them. It is well funded however, but grassroots opposition should win over money any day.