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.
“Hello. You have reached GoAheadAndBuyIt.gov, your federally sponsored source for consumer and acquisition encouragement. To speak to an adviser, please press 1 followed by the pound sign, followed by 2, followed by the star sign, now.”
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.
Large gifts from college alumni often come with strings attached. The giver might want his or her name on a plaque or building or some other form of monument, and that’s fine. It’s a way to stroke egos while doing the institution some good. Ted Zacher, recent donor of $432,000 to the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, may yet get his name on something and deserve it, but clearly ego gratification is not his motive. His donation is unrestricted, and meant mainly to give students the same opportunity he enjoyed. “This ...
It’s called the Broken Windows Theory. It is popular in both criminology and politics, and says simply that the physical state of a neighborhood affects the possibility of crime. Let one broken window go unfixed, the theory goes, and soon there will be another broken window, and another, then an escalation, trespassing, litter, then criminals are emboldened and more numerous and work under the theory that in this neighborhood, nobody really cares. And down it goes.
It reads like a classic tragedy. The characters are doomed, pushed toward their inevitable ignominious fate by their very nature — their instinct, desires, prejudice and frailty. They can’t help themselves. They do what they do because they must, even if it brings their own destruction. Everybody can see it coming.
Where was I? We all remember. Nov. 22, 1963, would leave an indelible mark on a buzz-cut blond 10-year-old boy who liked nothing better than to read history and imagine what it was like to live during a major world-changing event. I would learn, this day.