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The commencement speech racket

Enough commencement-speech madness. Enough controversy over who is allowed to speak. Enough with speakers who are simply promoting themselves.

Inslee rides a long and bumpy road to cap and trade

After months of quiet conversations between leaders in Washington state government, environmental NGOs and other key climate-related interests to shape a climate policy proposal, the deal is now on the public table. Gov. Jay Inslee will pursue a carbon cap-and-trade program in the state Legislature next year, with specific details to be nailed down by a task force appointed by the governor.

In Illinois, stark choices

Democracy can be cruel because elections deprive the demos of the delight of alibis and the comfort of complaining. Illinois voters have used many elections to make theirs the worst-governed state, with about $100 billion in unfunded public pension promises, and $6.7 billion in unpaid bills. The state is a stark illustration of prolonged one-party rule conducted by politicians subservient to government employees unions.

Prepare to be ‘regrammed’: Sharing experiences through Instagram

The Wenatchee World’s role as a news organization is changing from a traditional one-way street, where World journalists create all of the news stories and disseminate information to the public, toward a more interactive, collaborative model of community journalism, where we engage the community and give readers a voice.

Benghazi: How to do the hearings right

The Democrats are portraying the not-yet-even constituted House Select Committee on Benghazi as nothing but a partisan exercise. They are even considering boycotting the hearings to delegitimize them.

The challenges of teaching

Students in public schools across the country are increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, yet their teachers are not, according to the Center for American Progress.

Thin skins and prayer

After the marshal on Monday spoke the traditional “God save the United States and this honorable court,” the Supreme Court ruled that the upstate New York town of Greece does not violate the First Amendment’s prohibition of “establishment of religion” by opening its board of supervisors’ meetings with a prayer. This ruling would not scandalize James Madison and other members of the First Congress, which drafted and sent to the states for ratification the First Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights. The Congress did this after hiring ...

For a new perspective on the homeless, talk to them

When the second semester of my senior year rolled around, I began brainstorming for my senior project. The guidelines suggested that the project should have a positive impact on my community, so I decided to highlight the lives of homeless women in the Wenatchee area through photographs and interviews.