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World Editorial Board | Re-elect Wyman

 The integrity of Washington’s elections is the constitutional responsibility of the secretary of state, the chief elections officer, overseer of voting and tabulation in 39 counties. We have been very fortunate in Washington to have secretaries of state treat this as a sacred duty, dedicated to thorough accuracy and utterly detached from partisan manipulation. Ralph Munro and Wenatchee native Sam Reed were exemplary. Current Secretary of State Kim Wyman very much fits the mold. Seeking a second term, Wyman has our strong endorsement.

World Editorial Board | Trump, wrong

The president of the United States will be chosen by electors selected through separate and distinct elections in the 50 states and District of Columbia. To have a major party candidate suggest these elections could somehow be rigged and the outcome predetermined is absurd and offensive. For the candidate to hint that they may not accept the results of the elections is damaging to the democracy. Questioning the legitimacy of the president hurts all, the impact to be passed from the next holder of the office to the next.

I-732 carries too great a risk

Initiative 732 is courageous. It would impose an escalating tax on fossil fuels, offset by sales and business tax cuts to render it roughly revenue neutral. The intent is to provide a strong incentive to reduce carbon emissions, which doubtless contribute to the warming of the atmosphere with possible catastrophic effects not far off.

Charles Krauthammer | My vote, explained

The case against Hillary Clinton could have been written before the recent WikiLeaks and FBI disclosures. But these documents do provide hard textual backup.

Tracy Warner | Who needs those old dams?

They had a good laugh over it, the reports said. What a knee-slapper. Candidates for the United States Congress, at a recent climate change forum at a Ballard brewpub, indicated through their mistaken answers to a simple question that neither has any idea where electricity comes from. What a hoot.

George Will | Colleges should encourage a diversity of viewpoints

A specter is haunting academia, the specter of specters — ghosts, goblins and “cultural appropriation” through insensitive Halloween costumes. Institutions of higher education are engaged in the low comedy of avoiding the agonies of Yale.

Editorial Board | Park bonds: Yes

Eastmont Community Park is a gem, a treasure. It is both creator and storehouse of memories for generations, for East Wenatchee and beyond. We should be grateful community leaders had the foresight to set this land aside for parks so many years ago. What began as greenspace beyond the city limits has become a community focal point and outlet, a commons, a place to gather or expend healthy energy, for young and old.

Editorial Board | Buckner is missed

We already miss our friend George Buckner. A great many others do as well, we are sure. We miss the smile, the warm greeting, the outstretched hand, the wisdom, the willingness to offer constructive advice, the dedication to family, friends and community, and the constant striving to make this a better place.

Tracy Warner | Protection for Methow is closer

Human beings have digging copper since the dawn of civilization. For 10,000 years copper mines have been important sources of wealth, providing the raw material for tools, weapons, ornaments, money, from Peru to Roman Iberia to China. Copper made electronic communication possible. It brought water to your home. It made travel by sea efficient and practical by preventing the fouling of ships’ hulls. Nations and states were built on the extraction and export of copper. My own grandfather went to the Arizona Territory at the turn the of the last ...

Tracy Warner | Maybe a wall isn’t a great idea

Prior to donning his evening clothes for the inaugural ball, President Donald Trump will have a busy schedule. The promised first order of business: To undo many executive orders issued by the previous president, which is of course the new president’s prerogative. On his Facebook page Trump said he will undertake to “get rid of the attack on our Second Amendment, because that’s what Obama is doing” and “I would very, very strongly get rid of the attack on the border. We have a border that’s like a piece of ...