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Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday.

In Kentucky, a constitutional moment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So, Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate’s dignity.

Yes, a new hospital is needed

In reading the op-ed piece in The Wenatchee World (“A new Chelan hospital is expensive and not needed,” Oct. 15) submitted by Larry Hibbard and Robert Thompson, I was struck by a few observations:

Wendell George | Billy Frank Jr., up against power

On Oct. 15 Crosscut.com announced it would give its first David Brewster Lifetime Achievement Award in Courage to the late Nisqually leader Billy Frank Jr. Frank led a decades long fight to restore Northwest salmon runs and tribal treaty fishing rights. Frank often risked physical harm and legal repercussions in the struggle for rights granted the tribes by federal treaty. Here is a reminiscence of the era by Colville Confederated Tribes leader Wendell George.

The city could use your advice

How does the city of Wenatchee regularly receive focused citizen input on a variety of city issues? The city of Wenatchee has nine citizen advisory boards that are appointed by the City Council and have volunteer members that meet regularly and provide input and advisory opinions to the City Council reflecting their perspective on issues that affect the city. These advisory boards are:

Tackled by the language police

Wretched excess by government can be beneficial if it startles people into wholesome disgust and deepened distrust, and prompts judicial rebukes that enlarge freedom. So let’s hope the Federal Communications Commission embraces the formal petition inciting it to deny licenses to broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” when reporting on the Washington Redskins.

To this lawyer, I-594 looks bad

I just finished reading complete text of Initiative 594. This is a terribly written, unnecessary law that won’t solve any problems but will create lots of them. It is well funded however, but grassroots opposition should win over money any day.

A new Chelan hospital is expensive and not needed

A strong local hospital providing essential emergency care and basic hospital services is important for the health and well-being of all of us living in the Chelan Valley. Unfortunately, the maintenance and repair of our hospital largely has been neglected in recent years as the hospital commissioners focused on rationalizing a new hospital. In the last five years over $7 million, including $4.1 million for land, has been spent on “future hospital construction” (from annual audit reports). Now the hospital commissioners are asking us to approve a $19 million, 30-year ...

The double game our allies play

During the 1944 Warsaw uprising, Stalin ordered the advancing Red Army to stop at the outskirts of the city while the Nazis, for 63 days, annihilated the non-Communist Polish partisans. Only then did Stalin take Warsaw.

Is Chris Christie running?

NEWARK, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides — he fired them — in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.