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Tracy Warner | A GMO law to thwart all others

What a relief. Congress has passed what would be a wholly unjustified and unnecessary food labeling law in order to avoid state-by-state chaos in the supply chain. Soon, within years, we will know what plant breeding technique produced our high fructose corn syrup and soy lecithin. That is, if we are interested.

Charles Krauthammer | Resisting the revisionists: Finally, a first step

“The most significant reinforcement of our collective defense any time since the Cold War,” President Obama called it. A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but it was still an achievement: Last week’s NATO summit in Warsaw ordered the deployment of troops to Eastern Europe, the alliance’s most serious response yet to Russia’s aggression and provocations on its western frontier.

George Will | The travesty of teacher tenure

LOS ANGELES — The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice, by being delayed, is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California’s Supreme Court might soon decide to hear — four years after litigation began — the 21st century’s most portentous civil rights case, which concerns an ongoing denial of equal protection of the law.

Alan Moen | Founders, religion and freedom

A full-page ad that appeared in The Wenatchee World on Fourth of July weekend, paid for by Hobby Lobby and affiliated companies, was headlined by the words “Under God.” It purported to show that the United States was from its founding a “Christian nation.” The page was peppered with quotations from the Founding Fathers in an attempt to somehow prove that.

Tracy Warner | Go ahead, say what you think

We may criticize the government without asking permission. We can go so far as to question the policies and judgment of elected officials without registering and disclosing our financial resources. I would go so far as to say that we could buy an advertisement expressing our discontent, and like-minded people could chip in, without filing our names in the government database.
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Eugene Robinson | A tragedy beyond color

Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. Both statements must be made true if the heartbreaking loss of life in Dallas is to have any meaning.

Tracy Warner | We are still capable of unity

I don’t know what he should say. We want to believe President Obama can mutter some healing word to cure the murderous disease that haunts us. He can call them terrorists, not sit the fence on police brutality, or defend police, go harder against guns, or black-on-black crime, “radical Islam. Those of us taking a side want him on it.

World Editorial Board | A challenge for the optimists

What are we to do? The next president of the United States will be either an ignorant, vulgar, self-absorbed racist demagogue, or an untruthful, untrusted, nearly indicted self-devotee who displayed either incompetence or willful dereliction of public duty by tossing the nation’s secrets around in her personal, unsecured email account.

George Will | Anemic growth the new normal?

ST. LOUIS — America’s economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery that demonstrates how much we have defined recovery down. The idea that essentially zero interest rates are, after seven and a half years, stimulating the economy “strains credulity,” says James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. But last month he and other members of the Federal Reserve Board understandably felt constrained to vote unanimously to continue today’s rates for an economy that created just 38,000 new jobs in May, and grew ...

World Editorial Board | Link wants ideas

Link Transit is approaching its 25th anniversary in its usual quiet and competent way. Our local transit agency is stable financially, ridership high, and its current service sustainable for as far ahead as anyone can see. But it is not kicking back and going with the flow. Link wants the ideas and opinions of the people it serves, to better prepare for the future we want.
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Charles Krauthammer: Comey and Clinton: A theory

Why did he do it? FBI director James Comey spent 14 minutes laying out an unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material. Then at literally the last minute, he recommended against prosecution.

Tracy Warner | Even they can’t make it free

It’s free. That was the headline in the Wall Street Journal. Hillary Clinton’s new, more generous college subsidy plan “offers free tuition to millions.”

George Will | The sobering evidence of social science

The report was so “seismic” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s word — that Lyndon Johnson’s administration released it on the Fourth of July weekend, 1966, hoping it would not be noticed. But the Coleman report did disturb various dogmatic slumbers and vested interests. And 50 years on, it is pertinent to today’s political debates about class and social mobility. So, let us now praise an insufficiently famous man, sociologist James Coleman, author of the study “Equality of Educational Opportunity.”