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Tracy Warner | We pay for their blast at farmers

Go to the website, and first you see a video of a tractor spraying a green field. Then it dissolves into video of a muddy stream. That dissolves into a closeup of what looks like a spawned out, recently deceased sockeye salmon. The overprint caption says “Polluters of our waterways should be held accountable for their impacts on our water, our health and our fish.”

Tracy Warner | Jackie Robinson, worthy of myth

We cherish our myths. We must. Our memories are short, the past too often filled with pain we conveniently forget. History is clouded and twisted to make us feel better about ourselves. We place a great deal of importance on great men and women, their great and selfless deeds, and it reflects well on us, here and now. Sometimes the myths are true. Often they are not.

George Will: The destructive threat of cyberwarfare

There is a consensus that aggression by one nation against another is a serious matter, but there is no comparable consensus about what constitutes aggression. Waging aggressive war was one charge against Nazi leaders at the 1946 Nuremberg war crimes trials, but 70 years later it is unclear that aggression, properly understood, must involve war, as commonly understood. Or that war, in today’s context of novel destructive capabilities, must involve “the use of armed force,” which the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court says is constitutive of an “act ...

Tracy Warner | An apple a day: Still good advice

I eat an apple every day. I stuff one in my pocket as I leave for work and usually pull it out about 10 a.m., when I feel in need of an energy boost. It usually does the trick. It is handy, highly portable, reasonably priced, and more often than not tastes great.

George Will | A battle to save a battlefield

PRINCETON, N.J. — One of history’s most important battles happened here on a field you can walk across in less than half the 45 or so minutes the battle lasted. If George Washington’s audacity on Jan. 3, 1777, had not reversed the patriots’ retreat and routed the advancing British, the American Revolution might have been extinguished.

Editorial Board | Unforgettable Pam

There are hundreds of people, scattered around the world, from their teens to their 40s, who treasure memories of performing in a Wenatchee School District all-district musical. There are thousands of parents who hold precious the moment they saw their child walk on stage before a sold-out auditorium. There are thousands more who still marvel that it is possible to produce a high-quality, supremely entertaining musical with a cast of hundreds, kindergartners to seniors. The every-other-year musicals are still miraculous and a joy to behold, and they exist because of ...

Editorial Board | A water bill, so important here

After the fog clears and the headlines fade, we might notice the more gritty work of Washington’s Legislature. Much of it is low-key, focused, and gets little attention outside the Capitol’s marble halls, but the impact is large at the target.

Charles Krauthammer | The coming train wreck

Yes, the big Wisconsin story is Ted Cruz’s crushing 13-point victory. And yes, it greatly improves his chances of denying Donald Trump a first-ballot convention victory, which may turn out to be Trump’s only path to the nomination.

Eugene Robinson | Clinton-Sanders turns testy

The Democratic nominee for president will be running against a political novice who is widely despised, or a senator so unpopular that only two of his colleagues support him, or a governor far too moderate for his party’s hard-line base, or someone else chosen at a bitterly contested convention. For Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, what could possibly go wrong?

Tracy Warner | Smoke now is a good thing

Oh, gosh darn it, I thought. Perhaps those were not the precise words that passed through my head, but they express the sentiment. It was a response to a familiar sight ­— the Columbia Valley north of Wenatchee filled with low, brown smoke. There is a fire somewhere.

Guest Commentary | Preparing for a nightmare

On March 31, Confluence Health partnered with local law enforcement to conduct an emergency preparedness drill at the Central Washington Hospital & Clinics campus. These types of drills must be done regularly with our physicians and staff, as well as members of our local law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical/management services, so that we are as prepared as we can be for the “real thing.”

Tracy Warner | People count, says the court

You can see why the idea was tempting. All states draw up legislative and elective districts so each has roughly the same number of people. That way, each legislator has the same number of constituents, more or less, based on the federal census.

Guest Commentary | Laws, levies and rural schools

The state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision found current heavy reliance on local school levies leads to illegal inequities in basic education services for students in Washington.