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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.
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Common Ground | Schaplow recalls fighting big NCW fires in 1970

Ed Schaplow remembers what it is like fighting a catastrophic wildfire in North Central Washington. The Stayman Flats orchardist was on a crew in 1970 fighting the blazes that threatened Ardenvoir along with Slide Ridge and Mitchell Creek near Lake Chelan.

Citizens, with all the rights thereof

Be you born on United States soil, you are a citizen. It is automatic, universal, undeniable. It has been that way since the founding of the republic, and it was a concept firmly ensconced in English common law prior to that. It was so universally accepted a principle the framers of the Constitution thought it not worth mentioning. Congress and the states adopt rules for naturalizing citizens — people born elsewhere. Natives of the soil gain citizenship at birth. Yes, even the children of immigrants legal or not, even the ...

The immigration swamp

“This was not a subject that was on anybody’s mind until I brought it up at my announcement.”

Trump plans our economic demise

So Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again!” This in part will be accomplished by destroying the Washington fruit industry as we know it. Seriously. This, he says, is how the middle class will rise again and we the non-nation will become a nation — importing most of our food, probably, but a nation at last.
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George Will | Honoring Ike with a monstrosity

We could wearily shrug, say “Oh, well,” and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. But long after its perpetrators are gone, it would squat there, representing Washington at its worst and proving that we have forgotten how to nurture our national memory with intelligent memorials.
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Eugene Robinson | Clinton is her own worst enemy

This isn’t about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn’t even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It’s about basic respect — for us and for the truth.

Lisa Pelly | Let us keep it, a fund for our ways

Across our state, and particularly here in Central Washington, we are facing unprecedented drought and warm weather, and the accompanying water shortages affecting irrigators, our rivers and streams and our wildlife and fish. It is more important than ever for us to invest in the types of conservation that make our rivers and watersheds more resilient. Protecting watershed lands keeps our rivers fuller, cooler and cleaner, with water for people, our farms and our fish. Unfortunately, our premiere federal program for doing this critical work, the Land and Water Conservation ...

We burn, but we have initiative

“Without change to our physical landscape, we will continue to have devastating fires,” said Ross Frank, commissioner for Chelan County Fire District 3 in Leavenworth. Federal land managers need funds and direction to reduce the fuel load on public lands and reduce the threat of wildfire. “Until that happens we will not succeed. There needs to be a will to get this work done,” said Frank.

Editorial Board | Ban fireworks permanently

That’s enough. We overdosed on wildfires long ago. It was a nightmare in 2014. It’s a nightmare today, as flames spread in dozens of spots from the Canadian border to Oregon and beyond.

Editorial Board | Thanks, Misawa

Word has been received that the people of our sister city Misawa, Japan, have donated $4,000 to help those affected by the Sleepy Hollow Fire of June 28.

Editorial Board | Primary waste

Washington’s earnest Secretary of State Kim Wyman, whose job it is to see that we the voters get to vote, is right — we want our own presidential primary. We want in. We want to be part of the process of selecting presidential nominees. We want campaigns here. We want to be wooed and flattered and take in all those promises. We want the attention a big-time primary brings those other places, like New Hampshire and South Carolina. We are just as important as they are.

Encrusted with subsidies

You probably never knew of the federal funding of museums commemorating America’s long-gone whaling industry. The funding existed for nearly nine years, until 2011, because almost no one knew about it. A mohair subsidy continues six decades after it was deemed a military necessity in the context of the Cold War. The subsidy survives because its beneficiaries are too clever to call attention to it by proclaiming it necessary, which of course it isn’t.

Social Security on its birthday

Happy 80th birthday to Social Security. On the 14th day of August 1935 President Franklin Roosevelt signed the law creating the Social Security system, a guarantee of financial support for the aged and infirm. It became, and is, our most effective anti-poverty program. The poverty rate for those over 65 is about 30 percent lower than the general population, and less than half that for children.
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Charles Krauthammer | The Racing Form, third edition

Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton’s private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print.