In case you were wondering what it was like for civic leaders who spent last Friday night sleeping in cardboard boxes in South Wenatchee to better understand the plight of the homeless, I asked Bart Tilly, a board member of Lighthouse Ministries, to send me his thoughts on the experience.
Wenatchee Valley College is on the verge of being able to award a bachelor of science in nursing, President Jim Richardson told me in an interview. It would be the first bachelor’s degree that a student can earn at the institution.
The Road to 1914 is the subtitle of Margaret MacMillan’s new book, “The War that Ended Peace.” She describes the turn-of-century European politics, with ineffective kings and crumbling Balkan societies and early talk of war.
As an ordinary American comfortably covered by a spouse’s health insurance plan, I have observed the Obamacare debacle with a kind of detached astonishment. I am not surprised that government faced with extraordinary complexities appears inept. I’ve seen that before. I’m not surprised when elected officials tell people what they want to hear, even if it’s not true. I’ve seen that before. I’m not surprised that people think health care and the insurance to pay for it is far more expensive than it should be. I’ve seen that before. What ...
The tree fruit folks are in town in big numbers for the Hort convention. Exhibitors are here in big numbers, too, filling the ground floor of both the convention center and the lobbies of the Performing Arts Center and the convention hall.
I was wandering through the exhibits at the Northwest Hort Expo at the Wenatchee Convention Center Tuesday, and was overwhelmed. The sheer high-tech flashiness of it all was impressive. You could spend the next several days gathering information on everything from pheromone sprays to postharvest fungus control to H2A-compliant portable housing. There were dozens of vendors and hundreds of people wandering in an out and hundreds more listening to presentations from a worldwide selection of experts and scientists, and an occasional lawyer, at the Washington Horticultural Association Annual Meeting.
The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce and its partners are busy assessing their first united tourism promotional campaign. We do not know how the returns will come in, but expect them to measure a positive impact. The “Wenatchee — What Will You Pick Today” slogan was memorable, but the campaign was best for uniting the communities with a sense of purpose. The stronger effort has already had an impact.
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Thanksgiving should be a tricky holiday in the land where church and state are rightly subject to a degree of separation. The First Amendment of course says Congress shall pass no law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That was first on the list for the Founders, who knew their new nation had its origins in their ancestors’ escape from the interminable religious wars of Europe and the bloody struggle over state-sanctioned religion.