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The jihadi logic working against the U.S.

What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion?

A lot’s happened at Grant PUD

Operating two hydroelectric plants on the Mid-Columbia requires the ability to balance multiple interests at all times. Considerations for fish passage, recreation, cultural resources, electric generation, irrigation, and public safety are constants for Grant PUD. The complexity of this work compounds while we are responding to one of the greatest challenges faced by a hydropower operator on the Columbia River, a fracture at our Wanapum Dam.

Obama must ask Congress

The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State.

Speed cameras for revenue, or safety?

When I filed for the position of Wenatchee City Council, I pledged to the citizens of Wenatchee to provide leadership and a common-sense approach, and to build public trust through communication and transparency. I’ve recently felt like there has been a shift from public input and opinion to an agenda forced process. The issue I want to discuss with this writing is the effort to install speed cameras in three of our school zones. The safety of the public and especially our children is one of my top priorities, and ...

What we can do for our kids and grandkids

We consider ourselves optimists. And we should, because both of us have been incredibly lucky. We have our health, we live in a wonderful community, and our three grown sons are also healthy. But like many parents, we sometimes find ourselves worrying about them. Will they have good jobs? Good partners? Good futures? And like many parents, we try to sort out the concerns that we can do something about, from those that are out of our control.\

Wolves and ranches can coexist

What happened last month with the Huckleberry wolf pack and a band of sheep in southern Stevens County was not good for anybody. The operator lost several dozen sheep and a lot of time and money. And now, with the death of its female leader, the future behavior of the Huckleberry Pack — which had been thriving in that area without any livestock conflict for several years — is much harder to predict.

A tumultuous five years on the council

This editorial is dedicated to the hard-working and generous people of Wenatchee and our regional neighbors and partners. It has been a long, hard five years since the citizens of Wenatchee blessed me as a member of the Wenatchee City Council. My last day on the council was Thursday. My resignation came about as my life and my work have kept me from devoting the time the citizens of Wenatchee deserve. As I leave, I would like to reflect on some of the issues that have made Wenatchee memorable in ...

Extremism in defense of re-election

Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in American politics, real extremism — measures or movements that menace the Constitution’s architecture of ordered liberty — is rare. This week, however, extremism stained the Senate.

Another bicentennial to celebrate

A few weeks ago, my wife and I sat at Century Link Field watching the Seahawks trounce the Chicago Bears in a pre-season contest. Prior to the start of the game, an immense American flag covered the north end of the field as the national anthem was sung. When the soloist reached “the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” flares shot out of the scoreboard on cue. The effect was impressive. Cheers exploded from the enthusiastic crowd.

Ukraine abandoned

At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.

Demographic role reversals

In my fantasy world, public relations professionals send me pitches extolling the virtues of the “white Robert Rodriguez.”

An eye on the Baltic States?

The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide.