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Special Olympics back for the 25th

It begins today, for the 25th time. Thousands of athletes, coaches, family and friends arrive in Wenatchee for the Special Olympics Washington Winter Games. We hope these guests know just how welcome they are, and how flattered this city and region are to host such a wonderful and inspiring event for the last quarter century. The Winter Games are a highlight of the sporting year.

More salmon, and more wanted

From deep in my college memories, I recall one definition of politics as “the exercise of power, influence and authority.” In the Northwest, salmon are politicians. They are power for the metaphorical machine that drives decisions on billions of dollars of public spending. They influence our outlook, our actions and plans for the future. They supply political leverage and motivation for countless government actions, programs and appropriations.

Oil trains still rolling along

Accidents come with statistical near-inevitability. Unless you cease your risky behavior, it is difficult technically to reduce the chance of an accident to zero. If the probability is something above zero, then accidents will happen, somewhere, sometime. You can do what you can to reduce the chances, and lessen the consequences, but whatever you do, it will happen. You or your successors will have to deal with it.
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Buying exoskeleton demonstrates vision

To see Dr. Ed Farrar take steps with the help of an exoskeleton device is thrilling. After spending five years in a wheelchair after an accident, Farrar first tested one of these computerized rehabilitation devices in California last year.

Wilf Woods | Hooray for sight!

Like many others, I have been using eye drops for years under the care of Dr. J. M. Britt of the Eye and Ear Clinic.

Recognize them

There is a hero near you who deserves something — recognition. These are the selfless, active volunteers in service, the people who make this a better place. They may not care for attention, but it’s important, because recognition creates more of them.

A miraculous step

To stand, to walk. It is an incredibly complex and difficult process even for people with healthy neuromuscular systems. For the disabled, there is no such thing as one small step for mankind.

Minimum wage rising on its own

It’s all the buzz on the national wires today. Walmart, largest private employer in the United States, will raise its minimum wage to $9 per hour soon, and $10 by February, 2016, says the New York Times. That applies in some degree to 500,000 of its 1.3 million employees.

Our schools and our diseases

I had the mumps. If you don’t know, mumps is a once-common childhood disease. It is a memorable infection, at least the parts after the fever subsides. I remember well the primary symptom, severe swelling of the salivary glands until you look like Dizzy Gillespie going for a high C. It was painful enough to stick in my memory for nearly 60 years, even if I avoided the more common complications, like meningitis. You do not want your child to get the mumps. Believe me.

Wilf Woods | A paperboy who turned dimes into quarters

Tib Plughoff of Omak remembers his paperboy days. He writes: “Before I obtained my route I sold by the Mecca barbershop. The trick was to put the paper into the person’s hand while they still had their change (haircuts were 75 cents and they had two bits change) so often the 10 cent paper was purchased for a quarter. Pretty tricky, I might add. But then Wenatchee Daily World paperboys (there were no girls) were resourceful and did not like to take no for an answer...only one thin dime made ...

Common Ground | Why you should nominate a Jefferson Award candidate

A year ago, Mariachi Huenachi’s Ramon Rivera was nominated for the state Jefferson Award and was one of five winners. Rivera said getting the award has changed his life and created tremendous momentum for the music and educational empowerment program that he directs at the Wenatchee School District.

Time to end this port catastrophe

Enough. The West Coast port slowdown, or near lockout, whatever the antagonists want to call it, has gone from curiosity to annoyance to full-blown economic crisis. It must end. We are broken. Our outlet to the world has been closed. The entry and exit for half our nation’s trade is, in effect, under blockade. The source of 12 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product is shut off. Thousands are without jobs. Local employment statistics show the impact. Business, farms, factories, families have lost billions, and the figure climbs by ...

Move, for transport

The Washington Legislature, for all the heavy responsibility it lifts this session, will be a failure if it cannot debate and pass some kind of package to maintain and improve our state’s transportation system and its withering highways and bridges. This it has tried and failed to do for two years running, but now we approach what should be the final deadline. The state’s economy requires it. Without the efficient movement of goods and people we are lost.

Name your hero

You know a hero. We all do. It is someone who works and gives to help others, without a thought for themselves. It is someone tireless in their effort to improve their community and make it a better place to live. It is someone who sees a need, and acts.