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George Will | The NEA is a government frill that should be shorn

Although the National Endowment for the Arts’ 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight.

Tracy Warner | Round and round we go

I know. My head hurts, too. I’m reading the articles, the commentary, the Congressional Budget Office report on the Republican health care scheme, and really, I don’t get it.

World Editorial Board | Promises count

Most property in North Central Washington is off the tax rolls. It is owned by the federal taxpayers, managed by the Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, etc., or by the state of Washington, through the Department of Natural Resources, State Parks or Department of Fish and Wildlife. No property tax paid.

Charles Krauthammer | Down the conspiracy rabbit hole

When he was Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA’s disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: “If the CIA denies something, it’s denied.”

Tracy Warner | Immigrants, crime and fear

Horrible crimes have been committed by immigrants, legal and not. There is no denying that. The grotesque and brutal execution of Jill Marie Sundberg near Quincy on Dec. 22, 2016, is just one example. Five men have been arrested in connection with the crime, all in the country illegally. Two had previous felony convictions. One had been deported and returned.

George Will | Eugenics was a progressive cause

The progressive mob that disrupted Charles Murray’s appearance last week at Middlebury College was protesting a 1994 book read by few if any of the protesters. Some of them denounced “eugenics,” thereby demonstrating an interesting ignorance: Eugenics — controlled breeding to improve the heritable traits of human beings — was a progressive cause.

Eugene Robinson | Can this president weather his own storms?

Wow, we went from no drama to all drama in the blink of an eye. An embattled President Trump spent the weekend raging in frustration at his inability to control events — and his administration is just in its second month. How will he make it through a year? Let alone four?

Tracy Warner soon to retire

Last week, a letter to The Safety Valve suggested that conservatives in the area could perhaps convince columnist Tracy Warner to see the wisdom of their ways if they wrote many letters voicing their right-leaning thoughts.

World Editorial Board | Life’s lessons

They say sports teaches us about life. Like life, success in an athletic contest requires determination and faith in preparation, and adherence to moral and ethical standards in practice. If you don’t follow the rules, there are consequences and penalties. The rules exist to make the game possible, and to separate civilization from chaos.