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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 ...

Fire merger vote follows a theme

You do not expect election results like this, certainly not on a measure calling for significant change and the end of a long-admired institution. And yet, the results were more than definitive. By the election-night count voters in the city of Wenatchee approved the merger with Chelan County Fire District 1 with a 92 percent yes vote. Some 88 percent of voters in the fire district said yes to adding the city of Wenatchee. Those are the kind of lopsided percentages enjoyed by unopposed county coroners or cemetery district commissioners. ...

Wilf Woods | Books, books, books

Books, books, books. Saturday the Wenatchee Public Library is selling books at Pybus Market, the first year at that location.

GOP candidates against the tide on gay marriage

WASHINGTON — No one can be certain which way the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage, but the direction of history’s arrow is plain for all to see — except, apparently, the Republican candidates for president.

Tracy Warner | Fireworks, and the inevitable

The Wenatchee City Council last week could have voted to ban fireworks, and it would have been perfectly justified. Across the state and nation the so-called safe and sane fizzling and puffing fireworks sold at local stands cause a raft of injuries and many fires. One day, I hope not soon, someone with legal fireworks will do something incredibly stupid on a windy and dry Fourth of July and burn down their neighbor’s home, and their neighbor’s home, and perhaps many more. Those of us who can remember back to ...

Welcome, Misawa

We were asked to share this recent letter to David Kelts, president of the Wenatchee Valley Misawa Sister City Association, from Misawa City Mayor Kazumasa Taneichi. It touches on some important themes as we prepare to welcome the Misawa delegates this week, and shares the benefits and joys of our long sister city relationship:

Yes, better together

Ballots are due Tuesday in crucial elections to consolidate Chelan County Fire District 1 and the Wenatchee Fire Department. The merger is essential to improved and efficient fire protection in the Wenatchee area. For the merger to take place, a majority of voters in the fire district and city must say yes, in separate tallies. Unless both electorates approve, the consolidation fails.

Investing in parks benefits all

I visit our local state parks regularly in season. Passing the time around a campfire at twilight is a very enjoyable way for a park commissioner to keep current with park patrons’ values. Many of the folks I meet visit their parks time and time again, carrying on a family tradition spanning two, three and even four generations.

Invest now in transportation

Everyone knows our infrastructure is deteriorating, our highways and transportation system in particular. Our national net infrastructure investment, adjusting for inflation and depreciation, is somewhere near zero, said former Treasury secretary and Harvard President Lawrence Summers. So, not only are we not improving the system, we’re not keeping up with maintenance despite extra spending added during the recession. Worse, we are doomed to fall farther behind, with much of the Interstate Highway System nearing the end of its 50-year useful life.

The chairs came right on time

I’ll let you in on a secret. I was not sitting in my pickup at dawn Thursday with a load of folding chairs, jealously watching my chosen spot, prepared to fend off sooners and claim jumpers, ready to move at the strike of 7 to mark my territory and show the world what is rightfully mine. Mine! My parade spot! Keep off!

Obama’s Nixon doctrine: Anointing Iran

In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider:

What you don’t know can hurt

From our no-good-deed-goes-unpunished file comes the ballad of Mario Fry. Newly retired, two years ago Fry embarked on his dream of restoring an old home, offering revival to the work of a century past, making it fit shelter for a family and a point of pride for a rising neighborhood. This, we should all agree, is a good thing, for Fry and for many others.

When bootleggers and Baptists converge

Smoking, said King James I in 1604, is “loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs.” Three years later he planted a colony in Jamestown. Its tobacco enhanced the royal treasury until Virginia produced a bumper crop of revolutionaries, including the tobacco farmer George Washington.

Mr. Hughes flies in Washington

WASHINGTON — When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn’t worried about being shot down, he says.