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A tumultuous five years on the council

This editorial is dedicated to the hard-working and generous people of Wenatchee and our regional neighbors and partners. It has been a long, hard five years since the citizens of Wenatchee blessed me as a member of the Wenatchee City Council. My last day on the council was Thursday. My resignation came about as my life and my work have kept me from devoting the time the citizens of Wenatchee deserve. As I leave, I would like to reflect on some of the issues that have made Wenatchee memorable in ...

Extremism in defense of re-election

Since Barry Goldwater, accepting the Republicans’ 1964 presidential nomination, said “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” Democrats have been decrying Republican “extremism.” Actually, although there is abundant foolishness and unseemliness in American politics, real extremism — measures or movements that menace the Constitution’s architecture of ordered liberty — is rare. This week, however, extremism stained the Senate.

Another bicentennial to celebrate

A few weeks ago, my wife and I sat at Century Link Field watching the Seahawks trounce the Chicago Bears in a pre-season contest. Prior to the start of the game, an immense American flag covered the north end of the field as the national anthem was sung. When the soloist reached “the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” flares shot out of the scoreboard on cue. The effect was impressive. Cheers exploded from the enthusiastic crowd.

Ukraine abandoned

At his first press briefing after the beheading of American James Foley, President Obama stunned the assembled when he admitted that he had no strategy in Syria for confronting the Islamic State. Yet it was not nearly the most egregious, or consequential, thing he said.

Demographic role reversals

In my fantasy world, public relations professionals send me pitches extolling the virtues of the “white Robert Rodriguez.”

An eye on the Baltic States?

The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide.

Yes, we have the courage to do hard things

One of my first visits outside the state Capitol as governor was to Crestline Elementary in Vancouver. A fire had recently reduced the school to not much more than a charred pile of rubble. More than 500 students had to go to other schools while Crestline was rebuilt, a significant disruption to the sense of normalcy that so many of us take for granted.

Stopping the worst people on earth

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.

Fed up with cupcake cops

In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity.

Let us honor Don Senn

How exciting it would be to name the Big Y interchange (the junction of highways 97 and 2, the Peshastin East Interchange) after our Washington Department of Transportation regional administrator of 21 years, Don Senn. What a fitting tribute to a man who was a true public servant.