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At Peshastin, a riverside dream

Bill and Jenny Goebel say that profit is not their motive. They are purchasing the long-vacant Peshastin mill site because, they say, they have a dream. They will take this empty land, situated handily in one of the most beautiful spots in the state, and build it into a community and environmental asset.

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A shining light …

You know what they say about the bright lights of the big city. Well, whatever they say, bright lights are nice for small cities, too. As such, it is good to shed some light on plans to brighten the situation downtown.

Assist for Alcoans

This is what constitutes good news if your highly valued place of employment is “curtailed.” The U.S. Department of Labor announced that employees who lost their jobs with the closure of the Alcoa Wenatchee Works will be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, providing funds for education and training.

Charles Krauthammer | The ‘establishment’ nonsense

The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of “establishment,” an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat with the following consolation: If you tally up Trump and Ted Cruz (and throw in Ben Carson), a whopping 60 percent of the vote is anti-establishment!

Tracy Warner | We fight over trade once more

That was quiet. There were representatives of 12 nations, representing 40 percent of the world economy, gathered to sign one of the largest and most comprehensive trade deals in history Thursday and you hardly saw a mention. It is the not-so-heralded 2,000-page Trans-Pacific Partnership, a tariff-breaking agreement among the nations of the Pacific Rim (excluding China). President Obama, whose signature international achievement this is, did not show up. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman quietly supplied the U.S. ink. The signing, by the way, was in the media capital of Auckland, ...

George Will | In Iowa, signs of civil health

When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (”I drink my little wine ... and have my little cracker”), which apparently was not good enough for enough of Iowa’s evangelicals.

Tracy Warner | Their rights are just inconvenient

Oh, that pesky Constitution. People are more than happy to ignore the inconvenient parts. Our elected representatives take an oath to defend and protect it, then their constituents want to out and out trash the parts that grant rights to people they dislike.

Tracy Warner | He was far more than a clown

I set out for work convinced I would spend the day writing in gratitude for the life of Paul Pugh — educator, administrator, founder and director of the famed Wenatchee Youth Circus, and clown — who died Sunday at age 88. I would do for Paul what should be done — point out his passing is a community milestone and that we have lost someone who shaped a great many lives.

Eugene Robinson | The self-proclaimed winners of Iowa

The only thing missing from Marco Rubio’s victory speech Monday night was the victory: In Iowa’s Republican caucus, Rubio finished not first, not second, but third. Was he expecting a bronze medal?

Editorial | Up from the ashes

Four houses may not seem like many when the fires took hundreds. For the families that now have shelter and a home, many months after the flames took everything, it means the world. It’s understandable there were tears of joy shed last week when four new Okanogan County homes were blessed in a ceremony organized by the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group.

Editorial | Schools need you

Voters across North Central Washington have received a ballot asking them to approve or reject a replacement maintenance and operations levy for their school district. It would be understandable if there was some confusion. The Legislature and courts have been haggling over education funding for years now, promising to fix this once and for all.

Editorial | Fresh air in the fight against fire

Lightning strikes. Our overgrown and diseased forests, rangeland and sometimes our cities burn. Even if not living with the fear that our homes may be destroyed, we choke in the smoke for weeks on end. Then governments pay the accumulated bills, often in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Then next summer we do it again. Then we do it again. Repeat. Repeat.

Tracy Warner | Another year for music and magic

You started your first year in the junior high or middle school band a few months ago, hauling around that instrument your parents bought you back in fifth grade. You heard there was something called “jazz band,” a class that meets early in the morning and plays weird music. You show up.