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Joel Webster | Taking a stand for public land

No matter our politics, most of us watched with rapt attention earlier this year as news reports flooded in from the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. I certainly did. The people behind this takeover demanded that public lands be handed over to the locals, despite the fact that most locals wanted nothing to do with their bombastic claims and flaunting of the law.

Robinson | Brace yourself for an even uglier campaign

It may be hard to imagine, but I fear this election campaign is going to get worse — maybe a lot worse — before it gets better. By the time it’s done, the whole nation may feel like it needs a shower.

Tracy Warner | Send me to the Trump-free zone

Lately I have been challenged by readers and former readers to take a more “fair and balanced” view of presidential candidate Donald Trump. I have been accused of being “biased” and of having an “anti-Trump agenda” and of presenting commentary by “liberals like George F. Will.”

George Will | Trump v. Constitution

Like shipwrecked mariners clinging to a floating mast, many Republicans rationalize supporting Donald Trump because of “the court.” This two-word incantation means: Because we care so much for the Constitution, it is supremely important to entrust to Trump the making of Supreme Court nominations. Well.

World Editorial Board | Primary shows our potential

Primary elections are decisive in slow motion. With ballots still being counted, there remain uncertainties over who will or will not advance to the November general election. Last week candidates were mostly repeating the phrase, “cautiously optimistic.” But we already know with certainty that, for local offices at least, we often had slates of quality candidates capable of discussing the issues thoughtfully and in depth. We witnessed constructive discussions, and the sharing of ideas. We were presented with fresh perspectives and traditional outlooks. Opinions differ, or course, but it appears ...

World Editorial Board | 30 under 35

For those living under a cloud, with a grim view of the future, there is a tonic. Turn to the Business/Ag section of today’s Wenatchee World and scan this year’s recipients of the 30 under 35 Awards. Better, grab the August edition of Wenatchee Valley Business World and read the individual profiles in the 30 under 35 insert.

Charles Krauthammer | Donald Trump and the fitness threshold

Donald Trump, the man who defied every political rule and prevailed to win his party’s nomination, last week took on perhaps the most sacred political rule of all: Never attack a Gold Star family. Not just because it alienates a vital constituency but because it reveals a shocking absence of elementary decency and of natural empathy for the most profound of human sorrows — parental grief.

Tracy Warner | College will never be free

We have a spring ritual in this country. It is tense, often filled with disappointment and shock. High school seniors and their financially insecure parents watch the mail for those telltale envelopes, or these days maybe an email, with news from the institutions of higher learning their child hopes to attend. Acceptance produces ecstasy for the student and fear for the parents, who quickly check the financial aid statement and find out, to their shock and disbelief, that they are rich.

George Will | Trump’s shallowness runs deep

In the 1870s, when Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall controlled New York City, and in the 1950s and 1960s, when Chicago’s Democratic machine was especially rampant, there was a phenomenon that can be called immunity through profusion: Fresh scandals arrived with metronomic regularity, so there was no time to concentrate on any of them. The public, bewildered by blitzkriegs of bad behavior, was enervated.

Kelli Scott | Fire was coming, but help was not

Exactly one year after the Sleepy Hollow Fire destroyed 30 homes in Wenatchee, including my own, Chelan County Fire District 1 Chief Mike Burnett sat down for an interview with a World reporter.