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GOP stays stubborn about climate change

We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. We also know that President Obama can expect little help from Republicans in Congress — some of them cynical, others clueless — in facing the most daunting environmental challenge of our time.

Cascade Schools’ time is now

Within a community, what is more important than the commitment shown by its citizens to educating its children through quality teachers, programs and facilities? Most would be hard-pressed to think of any community investment of greater significance and with a larger payoff.

Right to Life to rally

Every once in a while, life affords us a very beautiful, pleasant, unusual surprise, a real serendipity.

Obama: Charlie who?

On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as The New York Times put it, “reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities.”

The Keystone catechism

Not since the multiplication of the loaves and fishes near the Sea of Galilee has there been creativity as miraculous as that of the Keystone XL pipeline. It has not yet been built but already is perhaps the most constructive infrastructure project since the Interstate Highway System. It has accomplished an astonishing trifecta:

Returning to the familiar

Run, Mitt, run! You too, Jeb, and please bring along the whole roadshow of perennial Republican also-rans. Across the aisle: Go for it, Hillary! What all of you see so clearly is that the nation desperately wants to be led forward into the past, or back to the future, or something.

A win for trails

Prior to 2003, folks hiking the Pacific Crest Trail between High Bridge and Bridge Creek were routed up onto a bench above the valley floor while the road for motor vehicles traversed the valley down next to the Stehekin River. Many of the hikers chose to walk the road rather than take the trail because the road was much more scenic and cooler. After the road was wiped out by flood in a couple places, hikers no longer had the road option and the only route left was up on ...

Resolutions to live by

January presents an opportunity to engineer a better year than the last, but many people fail in their intentions by making the mistake of subtracting, when adding is more effective.

The revenue-neutral gas tax

For 32 years I’ve been advocating a major tax on petroleum. I’ve got as much chance this time around as did Don Quixote with windmills. But I shall tilt my lance once more.

Climate change’s instructive past

We know, because they often say so, that those who think catastrophic global warming is probable and perhaps imminent are exemplary empiricists. They say those who disagree with them are “climate change deniers” disrespectful of science.

Our bias, ourselves

Recent events from Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, New York, might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.

Time for the GOP to pitch in

With Republican majorities in both houses, the new Congress should begin by focusing on traditional GOP priorities: improving the nation’s sagging infrastructure, reforming an unwieldy tax code and finding ways to boost middle-class opportunity.

Editorial | Mission Ridge sets a good example

Mission Ridge owner Larry Scrivenich enjoys getting behind the wheel of the resort’s bus and shuttling skiers and snowboarders. Most riders have no idea he runs the joint, which gives him an opportunity to learn firsthand about how customers experience the resort. It’s his way of playing undercover boss.

Holding ourselves to a higher standard

It was disappointing to learn that legislators decided to snub Chief Justice Barbara Madsen of the state Supreme Court, by refusing to allow her to present the traditional state of the judiciary speech when the Legislature convenes this month.

The joke’s on us

A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punchlines.