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Wilf Woods | What a year for heartache

This is a year we won’t forget. Tragedy in the Ukraine. Fires at home, residences gone. We look at Okanogan County with disbelief.

Moral clarity in Gaza

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking.

Climate change has a high price

Much as we may hate to admit it and don’t want to think about it, our burning of fossil fuels and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere increases the greenhouse effect. This results in climate change. It costs us. Local costs include the loss of agriculture in the Yakima Valley as less summer snowmelt is available for irrigation because more winter precipitation falls as rain in a warmer climate. National costs include the billions of dollars the U.S. government spends annually on imported oil and subsidies to the fossil fuel ...

What $3.7 billion could do for Chicago

It is hard not to wonder what kind of impact $3.7 billion — the amount President Obama has requested to deal with the child migrant border crisis — might have on the traumatized children of Chicago’s South Side.

They still don’t want tax hikes

Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, and I co-sponsored the Two-Thirds-For-Taxes constitutional amendment initiative this year and worked really hard for the past six months leading its’ signature drive. We recently announced that that effort fell short this time. Initiative 1325 had a single goal: To let the voters decide on a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or majority vote of the people to raise taxes.

For WVC’s next 75 years

In the fall, Wenatchee Valley College will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Even given the economic juggling of the last several years, we have cause to celebrate.

The immigration no-brainer

As is his wont, President Obama is treating the border crisis — more than 50,000 unaccompanied children crossing illegally — as a public relations problem. Where to photo op and where not. He still hasn’t enunciated a policy. He may not even have one.

The NSA’s misguided mission

Even those who believe the National Security Agency’s vacuum-cleaner surveillance of electronic communications does not trample privacy rights should be troubled by this practical implication: If you try to know everything, you end up knowing nothing.

WVC and the budget struggles

In mid-June, we had the distinct pleasure of shaking the hands of Wenatchee Valley College graduates for both the Wenatchee and Omak campuses. From short-term certificates to two-year associate degrees, 683 Wenatchee students and 100 Omak students earned an award during the 2013-14 academic year. All now hold a credential that proves they have completed a course of study to prepare them to enter the next phase of their adult lives, whether a career or continued higher education.