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Climate change’s instructive past

We know, because they often say so, that those who think catastrophic global warming is probable and perhaps imminent are exemplary empiricists. They say those who disagree with them are “climate change deniers” disrespectful of science.

Our bias, ourselves

Recent events from Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, New York, might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.

Time for the GOP to pitch in

With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: improving the nation’s sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.

Editorial | Mission Ridge sets a good example

Mission Ridge owner Larry Scrivenich enjoys getting behind the wheel of the resort’s bus and shuttling skiers and snowboarders. Most riders have no idea he runs the joint, which gives him an opportunity to learn firsthand about how customers experience the resort. It’s his way of playing undercover boss.

Holding ourselves to a higher standard

It was disappointing to learn that legislators decided to snub Chief Justice Barbara Madsen of the state Supreme Court, by refusing to allow her to present the traditional state of the judiciary speech when the Legislature convenes this month.

The joke’s on us

A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punchlines.

Obama and the ‘nylon strategy’

There’s an old Cold War joke — pre-pantyhose — that to defeat communism we should empty our B-52 bombers of nuclear weapons and instead drop nylons over the Soviet Union. Flood the Russians with the soft consumer culture of capitalism, seduce them with Western contact and commerce, love bomb them into freedom.

Our motivation is to help NCW thrive

Even though the news business has been a wild roller coaster ride the past several years, I’m blessed to work with a group of people at The World who believe in our mission to help make North Central Washington a better place.

Cuba Derangement Syndrome

Barack Obama has made a geopolitical irrelevancy suddenly relevant to American presidential politics. For decades, Cuba has been instructive as a museum of two stark failures: socialism and the U.S. embargo. Now, Cuba has become useful as a clarifier of different Republican flavors of foreign-policy thinking.

Labels as landmines

Everyone understands that words matter. Observers of my writing know that I hopscotch my way through racial and ethnic labels quite a bit, using the conventions of my source materials whenever possible so as to not tinge my point with an easily misperceived term.

Wrongly pointing fingers

It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton and President Obama are in no way responsible for the coldblooded assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Nor do the tens of thousands of Americans who have demonstrated against police brutality in recent weeks bear any measure of blame.

The rainbow that isn’t

I recently had to reiterate to my husband that minorities are far more scared of the police than non-minorities, even when we haven’t done anything wrong.

How to fight the lone wolf

The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves — the crazy and the evil — and the distinction is important.

Letters to the editor

I would like to clarify a few misconceptions that seem to be out in the community regarding the Make Your Day behavior program and school staff. First and foremost, the teachers and school staff I have had the immense pleasure of working with have huge hearts for kids. They work tirelessly to give students the best education possible — academically and socially. That means no matter what is happening in their lives outside of school, staff come in each morning and greet children with a smile, prepared to give the ...

A Texas-sized plate dispute

The Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas, on May 13, 1865, is called the last battle of the Civil War, but the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) might consider that judgment premature, given its conflict with the state’s Department of Transportation and Department of Motor Vehicles. This skirmish is of national interest because it implicates a burgeoning new entitlement — the right to pass through life without encountering any disagreeable thought.