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Community means everyone

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Upper Valley Mend annual volunteer recognition function in Leavenworth. It gave me an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of community.

Looking beyond the RN

With an increasingly diverse population and the rise of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and heart disease, which now affect almost half of all Americans, care is more complex in every setting — hospitals, home, skilled-nursing facilities, ambulatory care, and clinics. And that complexity calls for new roles for nurses.

Reversing course in Illinois

CHICAGO — The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. Illinois has favored Democratic presidential candidates by an average of 16 points in the last six elections. But by electing businessman Bruce Rauner, it initiated a process that might dismantle a form of governance that afflicts many states and municipalities.

Natural space, for learning

For those of us who have grown up with a lifelong love of the outdoors, it might seem unimaginable that some of Wenatchee’s children don’t feel like our landscape is relevant to them. The outdoor classroom was as important to my academic development as to the development of my character and sense of belonging in the world. The experiences I had on many river trips, hiking and outdoor adventures throughout my life fueled my passion to pursue education and a career path that would allow me to provide these kinds ...

Fight climate change — vote

Human-caused global warming is a fact that can no longer be credibly denied. But while the need to find solutions is urgent, our political system is having a maddeningly hard time getting around to meaningfully addressing it.

The GOP’s self-deception

Republicans had better divert some of their campaign cash toward finding a cure for Obama Derangement Syndrome. If they don’t, their nemesis will beat them in a third consecutive presidential contest — without, of course, actually being on the ballot.

Abolish the filibuster

I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear.

War authorization’s difficult debate

Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. This belief will be tested by the debate that will resume when Congress returns from a recess it should not have taken, with a war to authorize. The debate concerns an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State and also against ...

Cliches: Just that simple

I am an unashamed appreciator of cliches. Maybe it’s because I started out in life as an English language learner, clinging to familiar idioms, or because I was thrilled to hear the language of school spoken at home when my parents practiced their English.

Boehner’s classroom run amok

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can’t help but think of the old proverb: “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”

Crusaders and appeasers

His secretary of defense says “the world is exploding all over.” His attorney general says that the threat of terror “keeps me up at night.” The world bears them out. On Tuesday, American hostage Kayla Mueller is confirmed dead. On Wednesday, the U.S. evacuates its embassy in Yemen, cited by President Obama last September as an American success in fighting terrorism.

Juicing the story

As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.