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Is history finally on Hillary’s side?

That was quick. Strike up “Happy Days Are Here Again” and cue the balloon drop. Better yet, Democrats could skip the whole primaries-and-convention thing and let Hillary Clinton get to work on picking a running mate.

Yes, there’s water in our food

Our astute, highly educated urban population seems to have realized suddenly, we use water to grow food. Some of them are outraged we would do such a thing, or at least that we would water things for which they have some aesthetic or moral disgust, like nuts and red meat.

Editorial | Yes for a hospital

Hospitals certainly need sewer lines. They need water lines. They need computer systems with some relation to the 21st century. These necessities may be unglamorous, but that does not make them less necessary.

Editorial | Conservation without politics

For 25 years the Washington Wildlife and Recreation grant program has been a model, envied across the nation for its impact, its popularity, effectiveness and for the local enthusiasm it generates for conservation and parks.

Editorial | Crescent Bar, settle

The long-running dispute between Grant County PUD and the leaseholders at Crescent Bar looks very near a settlement. It appears to be one of those rare moments when litigation ceases with both sides happy, or at least relieved. “We’re delighted,” says Dale Foreman, attorney for the leaseholders. “This is very satisfying,” said PUD Natural Resource Director Jeff Grizzel. “We’d see the end of litigation, but we also see a bright future for Crescent Bar.”
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The Iran deal: What we’ve given up

Negotiations ... to prevent an Iranian capability to develop a nuclear arsenal are ending with an agreement that concedes this very capability ...

Arbor Day: Celebrate trees

We are post-industrial human beings. The sagebrush steppe is not our natural habitat. We are far too fragile, too easily burned, baked and desiccated to survive long in the open in a place like this. We have decided by circumstance to make our homes on piles of sand and grit washed out of the hills, this place where without unnatural assistance, nothing lives that cannot be sustained on less than 10 inches of moisture in a year. This is a place once best suited to rodents and reptiles, and a ...

What they don’t say about RFRA

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) — if you hadn’t heard of it before March, you have now. RFRA made national headlines daily in the wake of Indiana passing one, and Hillary Clinton tweeting ironic inaccurate criticism in response. (Her husband signed the federal RFRA into law, after all.)

False claims and religious freedom

I have fielded several questions from readers lately, who pointedly ask how I can oppose freedom of religion when I sometimes present myself as a defender of civil liberties. How can I be so hostile to religious liberty that I would want the all-powerful state to force businesses to provide services and products for gay weddings, against their conscience and sincere religious belief?

Nonprofits, among our assets

Nonprofit organizations and the volunteers who ensure their vitality are unappreciated community assets. I make this claim with 14 years of experience under my belt with the Icicle Fund, a local grant-making nonprofit that has awarded 380 grants, worth just under $36.6 million, to 98 nonprofits working in North Central Washington. From this perspective, I see a sector of our community that not only has an economic impact, but perhaps more importantly, an impact on the quality of our lives that goes beyond each nonprofit’s mission. As “community weavers,” nonprofits ...

When everything is a crime

What began as a trickle has become a stream that could become a cleansing torrent. Criticisms of the overcriminalization of American life might catalyze an appreciation of the toll the administrative state is taking on the criminal justice system, and liberty generally.