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A new case for term limits

Unfortunately, Congress’ vortex now spins the other way, throwing off powers that the executive scoops up. Hence this autumn’s spectacle: Feverish House and Senate candidates waging ferocious campaigns to win or retain offices that are of rapidly diminishing significance.

Climate change, and us

When you take the time to evaluate the evidence, it is clear that global warming and associated climate change are real, and if unchecked, are potentially catastrophic. Yet, there are real actions that we can do to improve the outcome. That was the message of a meeting Sept. 21 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum.

Whose war on women?

It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a “war on women.”

Our real Syria strategy: Containment-plus

Late, hesitant and reluctant as he is, President Obama has begun effecting a workable strategy against the Islamic State. True, he’s been driven there by public opinion. Does anyone imagine that without the broadcast beheadings we’d be doing anything more than pinprick strikes within Iraq? If Obama can remain steady through future fluctuations in public opinion, his strategy might succeed.

High stakes in Kansas

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman’s campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, “Tragic Prelude,” that hangs in the capitol in Topeka. It depicts John Brown of Osawatomie, 39 miles south of here, as what he was, a deranged product of “bleeding Kansas,” the Civil War’s overture. Today, Orman, who is as calm as Brown was crazed, is emblematic of fascinating Kansas.

Cry, you’re on hidden camera

Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee.

The jihadi logic working against the U.S.

What was the Islamic State thinking? We know it is sophisticated in its use of modern media. But what was the logic of propagating to the world videos of its beheadings of two Americans (and subsequently a Briton) — sure to inflame public opinion?

A lot’s happened at Grant PUD

Operating two hydroelectric plants on the Mid-Columbia requires the ability to balance multiple interests at all times. Considerations for fish passage, recreation, cultural resources, electric generation, irrigation, and public safety are constants for Grant PUD. The complexity of this work compounds while we are responding to one of the greatest challenges faced by a hydropower operator on the Columbia River, a fracture at our Wanapum Dam.

Speed cameras for revenue, or safety?

When I filed for the position of Wenatchee City Council, I pledged to the citizens of Wenatchee to provide leadership and a common-sense approach, and to build public trust through communication and transparency. I’ve recently felt like there has been a shift from public input and opinion to an agenda forced process. The issue I want to discuss with this writing is the effort to install speed cameras in three of our school zones. The safety of the public and especially our children is one of my top priorities, and ...

Obama must ask Congress

The United States last declared war many wars ago, on June 5, 1942, when, to clarify legal ambiguities during a world conflagration, it declared war on Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Today’s issue is not whether to declare war but only whether the president should even seek congressional authorization for the protracted use of force against the Islamic State.

What we can do for our kids and grandkids

We consider ourselves optimists. And we should, because both of us have been incredibly lucky. We have our health, we live in a wonderful community, and our three grown sons are also healthy. But like many parents, we sometimes find ourselves worrying about them. Will they have good jobs? Good partners? Good futures? And like many parents, we try to sort out the concerns that we can do something about, from those that are out of our control.\

Wolves and ranches can coexist

What happened last month with the Huckleberry wolf pack and a band of sheep in southern Stevens County was not good for anybody. The operator lost several dozen sheep and a lot of time and money. And now, with the death of its female leader, the future behavior of the Huckleberry Pack — which had been thriving in that area without any livestock conflict for several years — is much harder to predict.