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Editorial Board: Preparing for the next megafire

It was evident change was desperately needed. The tragedy of the Carlton Complex and the sense that we had entered a new era of ever-larger megafires was motivation enough. We must change the way we prepare for wildfires on the federal, state and especially at the community level. We must change the way we respond when fire inevitably comes. We must change the way firefighting and fire prevention are funded. We must rethink forest and land management to reduce the hazardous fuels our neglect has allowed to build to explosive ...

Editorial Board: The fund to renew

Congress is soon to return from its summer recess, and in the normal state of perpetual crisis it will soon face a deadline. This is one too important to overlook. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supplies significant funding for everything outdoors, from national parks to neighborhood parks, will expire Sept. 30

Editorial Board: Water to save

Hardship has a way of focusing our attention, and revealing possibilities. Hardship in the form of record low snowpack, record low river flows and unprecedented restrictions on water for agriculture, should focus our attention acutely.

George Will: Affirming a right to die

SAN DIEGO — Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as a last act of autonomy. Dr. Lynette Cederquist, who regrets that Maynard had to move to Oregon in order to do so, is working with others to change California law to allow physician assistance in dying.

To work, first pass the test

Across the political spectrum there is often agreement that the United States can do much to stanch the flow of unauthorized immigrants by doing two things: Building a 2,000-mile impenetrable barrier on our southern border, and requiring that anyone who works be approved by a federal database called E-Verify.

George Will | The havoc that Trump wreaks

Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.

This fire year, it’s more than acres

Wildfire records are always interesting. We keep score by acres burned. The Carlton Complex of 2014, the state record holder, burned the most Washington ever at 256,000 acres. The sum of the fires known as the Okanogan Complex, now burning out of control, surpass that by a few thousand, but those are not contiguous — at least four fires with four ignition points, not yet joined. They may get the top spot yet. I’m not rooting for them, but bragging rights appear to be up for grabs.

Andrew Villeneuve| Upholding our constitution

One hundred and twenty-six summers ago, 75 pioneering Washingtonians convened a constitutional convention to draw up a plan of government for our state. The constitution they wrote remains in effect today. Though it has been amended over the years, much of its original language remains, including the provisions that provide for a balance between majority rule and minority rights. It is this carefully crafted balance that Tim Eyman seeks to upset with Initiative 1366, which would wipe out $8 billion in sales tax revenue over six years if by April ...

Wildfire, and its long reach

I just happened to be walking through the newsroom Tuesday when the reporters were having their morning meeting. It’s an everyday scene — the gatherers of news sit around the big table and in turn say what they can contribute for the next edition. The editor makes note, occasionally adds his advice on the division of labor, makes his list of what stories are coming (they call it a “budget” for some reason). They brainstorm. What’s a good angle? Who would be good to talk to? Is there art (news ...

Eugene Robinson | Will market chaos affect politics?

The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.

Editorial Board | Basin achievement

This is a brief note to point to a conspicuous case where persistence, collaboration and determination in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is paying off — definitely for the public good.

Editorial Board | The danger we ask them to face

Words alone do not suffice. We have no means to compensate for the loss of life, no gift of solace. Three young men chose to be firefighters, and now they are gone, taken during an act of selfless courage. They were our neighbors’ children, beloved sons and husbands, fresh and strong and intelligent, who chose to risk their lives in furtherance of their duty. They were on the initial attack, the first responders, trying to stop a fire before it could threaten their community, for some their hometown. Everything ahead ...
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George Will | Trump defines down the GOP

It has come to this: The GOP, formerly the party of Lincoln and ostensibly the party of liberty and limited government, is being defined by clamors for a mass roundup and deportation of millions of human beings. To will an end is to will the means for the end, so the Republican clamors are also for the requisite expansion of government’s size and coercive powers.