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Wilf Woods | The story of radio’s early days

The battle for the airwaves is a new study by Scott Woolley of the drama of the birth of radio communication and how it became a monopoly. He describes the battle between Edwin Armstrong and the man who won that battle: David Sarnoff.

George Will | Due process kicked off campus

Academia’s descent into perpetual hysteria and incipient tyranny is partly fueled by the fiction that one in five college students is sexually assaulted and that campuses require minute federal supervision to cure this. Encouraged by the government’s misuse of discredited social science (one survey supposedly proving this one-in-five fiction), colleges and universities are implementing unconstitutional procedures mandated by the government.

World Editorial Board | Fireworks, no

The Wenatchee City Council Thursday wisely voted to ban the sale, possession and use of fireworks within the city. Oddly, by necessity of state law the ban will take effect a year from now.

World Editorial Board | Where do these students fit?

It’s not just numbers they’re talking about. They are talking about hundreds of students in the most decisive four years of their lives. Where you go to high school matters. It matters that facilities are functioning well enough not to interfere with vital instruction and community. For those who end up in the wrong place, who are crowded out, who don’t fit, there is much to lose.
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Vladimir Steblina | Who owns you?

In both religious and non-religious circles there is a lot of discussion about the existence of the soul, and what happens to it when we die. For the religious folks, they are convinced that God owns your soul. I guess the physical body still belongs to you.

Tracy Warner | So, where did they all go?

You know, I think I have a right to be upset. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders tell me I do, so it must be true. My working world is battered, my wages stagnant, many people have more money than I do. Why shouldn’t I be ticked off?
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Kathleen Parker | Rules are for breaking

It should be obvious to all by now that Donald Trump knows nothing of what he speaks. His disastrous economic ideas are but the latest in a litany of nonsensical proposals.

George Will: Amtrak helps government ride off the rails

In 1906, Leonor Loree, an accomplished railroad executive, examined the dilapidated Kansas City Southern Railroad that he had been hired to rehabilitate. Dismayed, he permanently enriched American slang by exclaiming: “This is a helluva way to run a railroad!” Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the nation’s second-most important court, recently said, with judicial decorousness, essentially the same thing about Amtrak.

Tracy Warner | Government feeding partisans

There is a problem, and it should be obvious, using tax dollars to fund political persuasion. The state would be taking private funds by force, with penalties for refusal, and using it to pay for political speech and advocacy when the involuntary contributors may or may not agree. Government is putting words in your mouth.
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Esther Cepeda: Do they deserve the minority vote?

So let’s just posit that Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in November because her opponent, Donald Trump, is so off-putting that African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans — and others Trump has insulted — come out to the polls in droves.

Tracy Warner | Dam breaching may satisfy them

It’s really about breaching or removing the Snake River dams. I suspect that’s been the goal of this neverending legal battle all along. Salmon not extinct but sufficiently few are useful as a means to the end, the great environmental trophy sought for a generation.
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Eugene Robinson: Trump refutes Trump

How do you nail a blob of mercury to the wall? That’s a problem the Democratic nominee — likely Hillary Clinton — will have to solve in running against Donald Trump, most of whose positions on major issues are, shall we say, elusive.

World Editorial Board | No money will be better spent

The economic and social currents washing over the nation are no less strong in our region. Income inequality, wage stagnation, a withering middle class, insufficient opportunity for youth, all are with us to some degree. The remedies are uncertain and a constant source of disagreement, but everyone can see the best step forward lies with education.