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Iran’s emerging empire

While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.

Port delays hurting us badly

In July, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Association began negotiations for a contract to cover the tens of thousands of dockworkers along the West Coast. Now, in January, those negotiations still have not concluded. With each passing day, I hear examples about the negative impact the lack of resolution is having on communities across the state and the country. That is why I am glad to hear that the parties have jointly requested federal mediation as my colleagues and I have urged. However, the hard work ...

The mushrooming welfare state

America’s national character will have to be changed if progressives are going to implement their agenda. So, changing social norms is the progressive agenda. To understand how far this has advanced, and how difficult it will be to reverse the inculcation of dependency, consider the data Nicholas Eberstadt deploys in National Affairs quarterly:

Stehekin Road a slap at wilderness

I agree with Cliff Courtney that a trail utilizing the remaining riverside roadbed above the Stehekin River’s Car Wash Falls would be lovely. This is an exceptionally beautiful route and would be great as part of a loop. Indeed, there has been nothing stopping the National Park Service from building such a trail since they made their determination in 2006 not to rebuild the road along the river, except that they have a decades-old backlog of billions. There is no funding to build new trails, or new roads.

Cascade Schools’ time is now

Within a community, what is more important than the commitment shown by its citizens to educating its children through quality teachers, programs and facilities? Most would be hard-pressed to think of any community investment of greater significance and with a larger payoff.

GOP stays stubborn about climate change

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

Right to Life to rally

Every once in a while, life affords us a very beautiful, pleasant, unusual surprise, a real serendipity.

Obama: Charlie who?

On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as The New York Times put it, “reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities.”

The Keystone catechism

Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has not yet been built but already is perhaps the most constructive infrastructure project since the Interstate Highway System. It has accomplished an astonishing trifecta:

Returning to the familiar

Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.

A win for trails

Prior to 2003, folks hiking the Pacific Crest Trail between High Bridge and Bridge Creek were routed up onto a bench above the valley floor while the road for motor vehicles traversed the valley down next to the Stehekin River. Many of the hikers chose to walk the road rather than take the trail because the road was much more scenic and cooler. After the road was wiped out by flood in a couple places, hikers no longer had the road option and the only route left was up on ...

The revenue-neutral gas tax

For 32 years I’ve been advocating a major tax on petroleum. I’ve got as much chance this time around as did Don Quixote with windmills. But I shall tilt my lance once more.