Months before the 1940 Republican convention nominated Wendell Willkie, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Theodore Roosevelt’s waspish daughter, said that Willkie’s support sprang “from the grass roots of a thousand country clubs.” There actually was a Republican establishment in 1940, when GOP elites created a nominee ex nihilo.
We tell ourselves we don’t know how to stop them. Even as mass shootings happen seemingly one after another we sit, dumfounded. The horrible massacre in Orlando that took the lives of 49 innocent people is beyond our understanding. Hate is strong and pervasive, we know. Easy access to destructive weapons is the poison that enables irrational rage to turn into mass fatalities. But just at the time when we should act to protect ourselves and our neighbors, we are locked into ceaseless argument and acrimony.
Tom Robbins took a very difficult job at a very difficult time. He became Wenatchee’s chief of police in 2001, when the department had suffered years of tension and scandal, persistent bludgeoning in the media and courts, with public confidence at the lowest possible ebb and officer morale on the bottom step. And he came in smiling.
This is a sweet time of year. There is sun, but not too warm, a cooling breeze, flowers, green grass on the hills, and sweet, sweet cherries. We love cherries, and it’s just as well, because our orchards produce the best cherries in the world. These are the cherries the world loves.
I’m through. The job’s done. Technically, according to the medical records, I am still a father. Someone still calls me dad, and for that I am grateful, but it feels like an honorary title. The one who calls me dad is grown, married, gone to some exotic faraway place to seek her fortune and build her own life and family, so I am dad in name only. There is no dad stuff for me to do, no fathering, no more posing as a strong, manly figure. The one who calls ...
When in his 1964 GOP acceptance speech Barry Goldwater declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” a reporter sitting near journalist/historian Theodore White famously exclaimed: “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!”
Bob Parlette stopped by the office this week and told me that there is going to be a celebration of life for the late Kevin Worth at the Peshastin Mill Site on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. It will benefit the effort to save the waterfront for public access in perpetuity.
Mitch Daniels, former governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, knows that no one in the audience is there to hear a commencement speaker. When, however, he addressed his institution’s class of 2016, it heard him distill into a few lapidary paragraphs a stance toward life that illuminates this political season.
According to a recent study by professors from the University of Southern California and American University, discrimination against Hispanics is less about hostility against an ethnic “outgroup,” and more about the stereotypes that imply they are a burden on the country.
It is in tragic times like these our political leaders rise up to prove they are devoid of ideas, much less solutions or effective strategy to deal with those who would do us great harm. Or, they might choose Donald Trump’s path and snuggle up to fear and paranoia.
I don’t have to convince you that our hydroelectric power from the three Chelan County PUD dams is the envy of the rest of the country. Not only for incredibly low rates but also because of our high reliability and zero air pollution.
At last, we move forward to convert Wenatchee’s former Parkside nursing home into a sorely needed 32-bed care facility for those suffering mental illness. The newly formed NCW Behavioral Health Organization, a multi-county board overseeing regional mental health services, has announced it is sending an architect’s plan for Parkside to the state for review, and hopes to call for bids by September.A $4 million appropriation by the state will help cover costs.