We are 4,800 miles away from the heart of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and we really have no basis to second guess its voters’ desire to exit the European Union. Our 401(k)s may take a beating, but we don’t have the personal knowledge or experience to make an informed judgment. Our sovereignty is not the issue. Theirs is.
The extremely rare sit-in by Democrats in the House chamber may have been, as Speaker Paul Ryan claimed, a “publicity stunt.” But it was a righteous one that may improve the prospects for meaningful gun control.
There’s nothing quite like a provocative TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talk to force us to confront different ways of thinking about the world around us. Wenatchee, you will recall, hosted a local TED event in 2014 that explored "connecting the dots" in our community to improve resilience.
The Leave campaign won the referendum on withdrawing Britain from the European Union because the arguments on which the Remain side relied made Leave’s case. The Remain campaign began with a sham, was monomaniacal with its Project Fear, and ended in governmental thuggishness.
Chelan County has a kind of specialty, enforcing to the letter a law most counties keep in reserve, or frankly ignore. Felons, mostly drug addicts, released from county jail and ordered but failing to report to the Department of Corrections, are charged with “escape from community custody.” They go to jail again, with a longer sentence, are released, fail, receive an even longer sentence and penalties, and around it goes. The process was detailed in a two-part report, “The Escapees,” by The World’s Jefferson Robbins. Chelan presses far more of ...
The deadlocked Supreme Court could not stop it. The deliberate and vicious stalemate on immigration will continue without end, and millions of productive-and-valued undocumented residents will continue in their shadowy, fearful netherworld. That is wasteful. That is cruel.
We in Chelan and Douglas counties sometimes convince ourselves that homelessness is not so big a problem here, not so drastic as in those big and wicked cities, and we therefore have the luxury of ignoring it.
You might have noticed from the headlines we are entering our region’s wildfire-a-day phase, or very close to it. Early in the season it’s clumsy accidents in the dry brush. Later we move up to stupid fireworks tricks, followed by lightning strikes in the brittle forest. We live with hope that we will avoid a third straight year of terrible conflagration, destruction and death. Cross your fingers.
If you want proof of the power of how the Mariachi program in the Wenatchee School District changes lives, all you need to do is talk to students who are involved, hear their stories and discover how they want to make a difference in the community and in the world.
There’s an old adage about a vat of wine standing next to a vat of sewage. Add a cup of wine to the sewage, and it is still sewage. But add a cup of sewage to the wine, and it is no longer wine but sewage. Is this what Donald Trump has done to our politics?
If you travel just a stone’s throw away from downtown Wenatchee, the business-lined streets soon turn into farmland, with countless apple, cherry, and pear trees and grape vines spanning both sides of the road. One of those farms belongs to the family-run, Foreman Fruit Co.