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What Republicans must do now

Unlike the dog that chased the car until, to its consternation, he caught it, Republicans know what to do with what they have caught. Having completed their capture of control of the legislative branch, they should start with the following six measures concerning practical governance and constitutional equilibrium:

Our stories made lethal

We love to tell stories. When we can’t tell them aloud, we tell them to ourselves, quietly, in our heads, stories welded together by repetition until the map we have created in our heads begins to breathe on its own.

Our do-nothing politics

The crisis in our political system is less about party than about horizon. To understand why, consider the issue of climate change.

Bird hunting ban: necessary

North Central Washington has a long and enduring culture of hunting. Not everyone hunts but it is part of the fabric of who we were and who we are. For many, it is an activity that has been a shared family experience for generations.

Apple grant to Orondo allows a technology leap

When technology is used effectively in classrooms, the result is that student learning is enhanced. Kids are more engaged and take ownership in their academic success.

Hospital proposal is sound choice for community

Nearly a year ago, Lake Chelan Community Hospital set out to engage our community in a broad discussion about the future of health care in the greater Lake Chelan valley. A crucial part of that discussion addressed our community’s aging, undersized primary health care facility.

Our museum is too important

For Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to ponder the future of the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Solar power is good business forPUD and NCW

When my husband and I bought ridge-top property in 2004, we resolved that solar energy was in our future. When we looked into it closer this spring, we were incredibly pleased to find that doing the right thing is also financially feasible.

Our local ski areas need us more than ever

I am amazed at how the folks at the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club survived the severe financial challenges brought on by the lack of snow last year.

Time to expand the corporate mind for long-term gain

Here’s a depressing statistic: Last year, U.S. companies spent a whopping $598 billion — not to develop new technologies, open new markets or to hire new workers but to buy up their own shares. By removing shares from circulation, companies made remaining shares pricier, thus creating the impression of a healthier business without the risks of actual business activity.

Want a healthier community? Connect the dots

Our North Central Washington communities would be greatly strengthened if we took a focused approach to solving our most pressing challenges — high poverty rates, lack of educational attainment, and serious health issues like as shockingly high teen birth rates.

Barack Obama, bewildered bystander

The president is upset. Very upset. Frustrated and angry. Seething about the government’s handling of Ebola, said the front-page headline in The New York Times last Saturday.

In Kentucky, a constitutional moment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Barack Obama lost Kentucky in 2012 by 23 points, yet the state remains closely divided about re-electing the man whose parliamentary skills uniquely qualify him to restrain Obama’s executive overreach. So, Kentucky’s Senate contest is a constitutional moment that will determine whether the separation of powers will be reasserted by a Congress revitalized by restoration of the Senate’s dignity.

Yes, a new hospital is needed

In reading the op-ed piece in The Wenatchee World (“A new Chelan hospital is expensive and not needed,” Oct. 15) submitted by Larry Hibbard and Robert Thompson, I was struck by a few observations: