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How to fight the lone wolf

The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

The rainbow that isn’t

I recently had to reiterate to my husband that minorities are far more scared of the police than non-minorities, even when we haven’t done anything wrong.

A Texas-sized plate dispute

The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.

Letters to the editor

I would like to clarify a few misconceptions that seem to be out in the community regarding the Make Your Day behavior program and school staff. First and foremost, the teachers and school staff I have had the immense pleasure of working with have huge hearts for kids. They work tirelessly to give students the best education possible — academically and socially. That means no matter what is happening in their lives outside of school, staff come in each morning and greet children with a smile, prepared to give the ...

Conservation is a wise investment

We live in a remarkable part of the country with unparalleled natural beauty. The access we have to the wild lands of the North Cascades is highly valued by the people who live in North Central Washington, regardless of their political persuasion.

Nothing to toy with

With the exception of a few Lego sets, the kids in my immediate family are past the age of wanting toys for Christmas. Am I grateful.

The real civil war

Old habits die hard. The media are so enamored of the continuing (and largely contrived) story about the great Republican civil war that they fail to appreciate that the real internecine fight is being waged on the other side of the aisle.

Another case for term limits

In 2010, Plymouth, Conn., was awarded $430,000 for widening sidewalks and related matters near two schools. This money was a portion of the $612 million Congress authorized for five years of the federal Safe Routes to School program intended to fight childhood obesity by encouraging children to burn calories by walking or biking to school. Really.

The question we can’t answer

Michael Brown’s death was part of a tragic and unacceptable pattern: Police officers in the United States shoot and kill civilians in shockingly high numbers. How many killings are there each year? No one can say for sure, because police departments don’t want us to know.

Make it safer — ban fireworks

During the Wenatchee Complex Fires of 2012, our neighborhood was on three different levels of evacuation over a five-week period. During the Colockum Fires of 2013, we returned to Level 1 evacuation until the wind shifted. These experiences have motivated me to research fireworks and the possible impact they could have on our county.

Really enjoy the holidays

I’ve never been drawn into Black Friday. Maybe that’s why over the years, I’ve grown more and more disgusted with stores that have decided to open on Thanksgiving Day.

Opportunity in conservation

As we approach the holiday season, there is no better time than now to start thinking about the state budget.