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Behind the gray walls — jobs

We who do not grow food, but sell things to those who do, tend to yawn when given news like this — Washington’s 2015 apple crop, to be harvested soon, is predicted to be a mere 125.2 million boxes. That’s significantly smaller than the massive, record 140 million-box crop harvested a year ago, the crop big enough to cause fainting spells among those whose job was to sell it.

Kim Wyman | Let’s advance our primary

As Washington’s chief elections officer, I frequently hear impassioned pleas for maximum voter participation and expanding citizen engagement in their government.

Editorial Board | A smoky challenge

Smoke is what we have, and always have had. Smoke is as inevitable as the fires that create it. It is the result of the geography and weather of our homeland. No government policy or action can stop it or make it go away, no matter how annoyed we become or how much we complain and second-guess.

George F. Will | When history books make history

History books can be historic events, making history by ending important arguments. They can make it impossible for any intellectually honest person to assert certain propositions that once enjoyed considerable currency among people purporting to care about evidence.

Editorial Board | For the homeless, nonprofit rebuilds

All the evidence tells us there is a critical need for housing at the bottom of our social ladder. For the homeless, whose numbers always exceed our estimates, temporary shelter is life-saving. For the disabled, mentally ill, and those with meager incomes, there is an acute shortage of local options. This is why organizations like the Women’s Resource Center are crucial, and why its strong and growing community support is heartening.

Wilf Woods | On the Oregon Trail, again

Rinker Buck has written a new book,"The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey," about his journey on the trail with a pair of mules drawing a wagon that duplicated the great migrations of the 1840s and 50s.

Letters and the art of persuasion

To those who have offered encouragement regarding my letters to The Safety Valve, I thank you. I write, however, not for praise or to stir up controversy, but rather to offer an opinion as to a particular subject. In addition, I try to get you to use that most wonderful gift, your mind. And I’m usually trying to have you use that gift to realize what a wonderful country we live in, and what you can do to help it grow greater.

Charles Krauthammer | Just who is helping Iran’s hard-liners?

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that the American public rejects the president’s Iran deal by more than 2-to-1. This is astonishing. The public generally gives the president deference on major treaties. Just a few weeks ago, a majority supported the deal.

Cherries, traffic, fire and planning

The traffic tells you it’s cherry season. When they were packing at Stemilt or Blue Bird, off Hawley and Miller, the afternoon rush on North Wenatchee would be more bumper-to-bumper than usual. At least it seemed that way.

George Will | Drug cartels’ ‘vocabulary of mutilation’

Don Winslow, novelist and conscientious objector to America’s longest “war,” was skeptical when he was in Washington on a recent Sunday morning. This was shortly after news broke about the escape, from one of Mexico’s “maximum security” prisons, of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Wilf Woods | FDR’s North Africa push

I have read many a World War II account, but never one so clear about President Franklin D. Roosevelt's leadership role as the latest: "The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942" by Nigel Hamilton.

Eugene Robinson | Republicans’ do-nothing climate

The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth’s climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.