Consider the plight of the city of Pasco. Its leaders agree their system of electing members to the City Council may violate the federal Voting Rights Act. Council candidates are nominated by district, but chosen in all-city general elections. That makes it difficult for a Latino candidate to gain a seat. If their votes and political power are diluted, and that violates federal law.
Housing prices in our Wenatchee/East Wenatchee metro area are not close to the Seattle-style make-a-millionaire-faint zone, but that doesn’t matter. Everything is relative, even in real estate, and the effects of supply and demand cannot be avoided or ignored. Housing here may not be expensive by some standards, but relative to our incomes it is slowly moving up.
Too often our health care system defies common sense, but sometimes small actions bring hope that occasionally, good intentions can combine with reason and logic to improve our condition. Often, these sensible moves involve bringing health care to people who need it, and where it will do good. The coming partnership between the Wenatchee School District and Columbia Valley Community Health to open a clinic at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School is a wonderful example.
I will let you in on what probably isn’t much of a secret. I have known a few Republican politicians I thought were pretty smart people, with a good grasp on the ins and outs of public policy. This may make me an anomaly among editorial writers, which matters not at all to me, living as I do in a deep red county, surrounded.
You may be thrilled by the feats of Katie Ledecky, mesmerized by the grace of the women gymnasts, startled by Rio spectators mocking U.S. soccer star Hope Solo with chants of “Zika! Zika!” (the first recorded instance, noted one wit, of a stadium rocking to the invocation of a virus). Allow me, however, to interrupt the prepackaged, heart-tugging, tape-delayed Olympic coverage to bring you the real sporting news of the year.
CHICAGO — Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for someone at the epicenter of a crisis now in its second year and with no end in sight. But, then, stress is pointless when the situation is hopeless. Besides, if you can ignore the fact that self-government is failing in the nation’s fifth-most populous state, you can see real artistry in the self-dealing by the Democrats who, with veto-proof majorities in the state Legislature, have reduced this state ...
I know. Swimming 200 meters in competition, by means of the freestyle stroke, is a sprint. But it is not a sprint like the 100-meter dash on the track, where every ounce of your being is geared toward going as fast as possible for a few seconds. The 200-meter freestyle is more akin to track’s 400 meters. You go as fast as you can, but not so fast that your oxygen debt kills you before you see the finish line. People who swim longer distances, like 800 meters, usually aren’t ...
No matter our politics, most of us watched with rapt attention earlier this year as news reports flooded in from the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. I certainly did. The people behind this takeover demanded that public lands be handed over to the locals, despite the fact that most locals wanted nothing to do with their bombastic claims and flaunting of the law.
Lately I have been challenged by readers and former readers to take a more “fair and balanced” view of presidential candidate Donald Trump. I have been accused of being “biased” and of having an “anti-Trump agenda” and of presenting commentary by “liberals like George F. Will.”