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Wilf Woods Talking about Talking Rain

Sales of Sparkling Ice, the primary drink of Talking Rain, has propelled revenues of that company from $10 million to $500 million since 2010.

Teachers take a walk for politics

Wenatchee School District teachers have voted not to work on May 18 to press their case for greater funding for public education and higher salaries and benefits. Eastmont teachers may soon vote to do the same.

Housing for harvest

Those who followed the farmworker housing debate over the last several decades should look at the Brender Creek Seasonal Farmworker Housing complex newly opened in Cashmere, and smile. The $6 million complex is by all appearances a place of true comfort and safety for up to 200 seasonal workers and their families, with amenities only imagined by a previous generation. It is a project of the Washington Growers League, which also operates the Sage Bluff Seasonal Farmworker Housing near Malaga. The projects are funded by fruit growers and grants. Workers ...

Common Ground | Emotion Revolution helps students build resilience

There’s an interesting new national effort to help provide emotional support for high school kids. It’s called “Emotion Revolution,” a joint initiative of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.
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Onward Christian Huckabee

In the 1950s, during one of his two campaigns as the Democrats’ presidential nominee, Adlai Stevenson was invited to address a gathering of Baptists in Houston, where in 1960 John Kennedy would address a gathering of Protestant ministers to refute charges that his Catholicism rendered him unfit to be president. This was an opinion vociferously promulgated by Norman Vincent Peale, a broadcast preacher and author of “The Power of Positive Thinking.” The man introducing Stevenson said the candidate had been invited only “as a courtesy” because Peale “has instructed us ...

Wilf Woods ‘By the River’

Jane Nagler's memories of growing up in eastern Oregon have pushed her into writing a new historical novel, and she is following that up with more to come.

On this day, 70 years ago

Certain dates punctuate our history as Americans -- Nov. 11, 1918; Dec. 7, 1941; June 6, 1944; Nov. 22, 1963; and Sept. 11, 2001. My late father engraved an additional date on the cortex of my memory. Because he was an eyewitness to the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay that ended World War II, Dad would not let my brother and me forget Sept. 2, 1945. Because of his willingness to recall details of that decisive day aboard the USS Missouri, the anniversary of that historical event provides me with ...

Free Willy! If not now, eventually

We often wonder how people of the past, including the most revered and refined, could have universally engaged in conduct now considered unconscionable. Such as slavery. How could the Founders, so sublimely devoted to human liberty, have lived with — some participating in — human slavery? Or fourscore years later, how could the saintly Lincoln, an implacable opponent of slavery, have nevertheless spoken of and believed in African inferiority?

Immigration politics still hot

If you are the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, you do not let these fully ripe opportunities pass. Hillary Clinton this week traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., and surrounded by friendly faces announced her support for a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants among us, but also that she would go beyond President Obama’s legally dubious executive action to grant legal status and work permits to millions.

Property tax, and the antidotes

They want to lift the lid, just a hair, on a tax you hate. They are brave people, perhaps a little foolhardy. They propose this because local government says it needs more money. There it is. No tricks. No disguise. No phony pretense.

Patrician blacksmith for president?

America’s smallest state -- one Nevada county is nearly eight times larger -- has the longest name: In a 2010 referendum, voters kept the official title, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The state also has a dark-horse presidential candidate who is the only Democratic candidate so far who can shoe a horse. “Put a blacksmith in the White House” could be Lincoln Chafee’s slogan.

Trade pact looks good from here

All the arguments from the 1990s still have breath. Free trade hurts U.S. workers and costs jobs, say some, or free trade enriches U.S. consumers, raises living standards and creates jobs, say their antagonists. The truth depends on where you sit. If you view trade from a textile mill or shuttered factory and lament the passing of the old protected order, there can’t be much good in it. Look at it from an apple orchard, or just about anywhere in the Northwest, and liberalized trade presents great opportunity.
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A broken approach to young black men

The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses.
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Bill Steward’s lasting legacy

The leadership and legacy of Bill Steward runs like a strong thread through Wenatchee’s last half century. Education, the arts, history, the very things that bind the community, still reflect his influence to an enormous degree. Wenatchee has a thriving institution of higher learning, one of the best community colleges in the state, based on the foundation laid by Bill Steward. Wenatchee has one of the finest and most versatile community museums anywhere, because of the energy and foresight of Bill Steward. Wenatchee has a great community symphony, because of ...

A fruitful contest

For a city to be named a quarterfinalist in any large competition is exciting. To be named a quarterfinalist in a competition named America’s Best Communities, is both exciting and flattering. Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, you made the cut.

Look around, and we celebrate

These are the days we set aside to celebrate. We celebrate the beautiful place we have the good fortune to call home. We celebrate the people who came before us, who toiled to build a life on the arid banks of the great river and whose good works serve us still. We celebrate the industry that has sustained our region for generations, the industry that provides the sweetest of fruit for the world. We celebrate beauty — in our valley the orchards planted by men and women blend with the ...