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Tracy Warner | Free speech is worth keeping

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the sacred foundation of our liberty, which forbids any restriction of religion, speech or press, has been declared by the voters of Washington to be worthy of rewrite. Government, which now has almost no power to limit what we say or write about it, should be empowered eliminate all rights of organizations, we say. It should regulate the means by which we express our opinions of our elected representatives. In other words, the First Amendment will no longer guarantee freedom of speech, ...

World Editorial Board | The Y is strong

 Eric Nelson did not make the Wenatchee Valley YMCA an important institution. It was that already when he took over as chief executive in 1993. He did do what many doubted could be done. Under Nelson’s skilled and creative guidance the Y expanded. Its worth to families, from the bottom to the top of the economy, was magnified. Its breadth of services was greater. Its mission to serve youth is a self-evident success. Its mission to promote healthy living cannot be matched. Its mission to give back to the community ...

George Will | Did academia help elect Trump?

Many undergraduates, their fawn-like eyes wide with astonishment, are wondering: Why didn’t the dean of students prevent the election from disrupting the serenity to which my school has taught me that I am entitled? Campuses create “safe spaces” where students can shelter from discombobulating thoughts and receive spiritual balm for the trauma of microaggressions. Yet the presidential election came without trigger warnings?

Rufus Woods | City seeks nominees for social justice awards

The City of Wenatchee is seeking nominations for Civil Rights and Social Justice awards with the deadline coming up on Dec. 8. The awards, organized by the city's Diversity Advisory Council, honor individuals, groups and organizations for their work on behalf of social justice and civil rights issues.

Wilf Woods | ‘Tis the season for giving

This is the time of year we think of giving to our favorite charities. Charity correlates with happiness, says Arthur brooks of the American Enterprise Association.

Tracy Warner | No Donalds in Canada

I like Canada. I’ve said so many times. I have promoted better U.S.-Canada relations, or at least trans-Okana(o)gan relations. I have Canadian friends. I fish. My daughter ice skates. My wife speaks French (très bien). I am second to none in my admiration of Canadians. Alas, I have never wanted to be one.

George Will | Democrats and their theater of pointless gestures

Seventeen days before President Donald Trump, his spoken oath of office still lingering in the wintry air, lifts his left hand from Scripture (a leather-bound edition of “The Art of the Deal”), the Republican-controlled Congress will begin working. Fittingly, on Jan. 3 the First Branch of government will go first, flexing its somewhat atrophied Article I muscles. 

Tracy Warner | Still a useful Electoral College

You call this a democracy? In this country the candidate with the most votes does not win, not always. It’s the states that count. Many of those are puny flyover states not worth a candidate’s time, not in a one-person-one-vote world.
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GWATA leader sees big opportunity with STEM network

The more I learn about the Apple STEM Network, a collaborative effort involving schools, businesses, government and nonprofits in our region, the more excited I become about how this effort can positively transform our regional economy and educational system.

Wilf Woods : Ready to downsize

It's downsizing time for my generation. Many of my friends have moved to retirement centers or to smaller homes. And Kathy and I are in the process of selling our house and moving to a smaller place.

Editorial Board | An era is ending

 In 2015 the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and Wenatchee Valley Business World honored Mills Bros. men’s clothing and its owners Sam and Vickie Mills with the Legacy Award. At the time we wrote, “We would not know Wenatchee without Mills Bros. Without Mills Bros. mens’ clothing and its classic, inviting storefront, there would be a hole in downtown Wenatchee too large to fill.” It is irreplaceable.