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The pain can go

Those of us in a comfortable situation, used to considering the far-reaching implications of health care policy, forget how much pain and agony one faulty tooth can cause. And we forget, just how much it costs to have that tooth fixed, and what misery and complications might befall those without the means to pay for repairs or removal.

Power and policy

The Chelan PUD is dealing with a run on power requests. The would-be operators of small data centers and processors have cumulatively asked for more power than the PUD can sell, with 34 inquiries for a total of 220 megawatts. That is more than the load for Chelan County as a whole, reports The World’s Christine Pratt.

Cuba may learn who is to blame

The poverty and despair of the Cuban people is almost beyond our comprehension. Many live in desperation, oppression heavy and not weakening. Yet, we are accustomed to hearing from Cuba’s rulers and sympathetic western media that their troubles are to blame almost entirely on the United States trade embargo. How could this be? Nothing stops Cuba from trading with every other nation on earth and yet they are barren, the economy barely better than nothing.

Wilf Woods | Of flutes and brews

It was 7000 B.C. and the excavations in a northern Chinese village of Jiahu turned up six flutes, one of them preserved well enough to still be played.

Vandals strike at the heart

Face it. Vandalism is a crime beyond explanation. Ordinary people with ordinary motives and emotion have difficulty understanding destruction for destruction’s sake. It is much easier to fathom theft, fraud, selling contraband or other forbidden means of personal enrichment. Crimes of addiction, anger or passion at least have some plausible motive. Smashing windows in a high school? Why?

Wilf Woods | Museum faces changes

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center has had an interim director since early December in Jim Russell, whose mission is to get a permanent one in place and keep the doors open meanwhile.

Can torture be morally just?

In ethics and philosophy courses they call it the ticking time bomb scenario, a classic hypothetical dilemma. Say you are a leader attempting to protect your people from a violent despotic enemy. Your enemy is demonstrably inhuman — torture, mass murder, it knows no ethical bounds, and for that you fear them all the more.

Wind subsidies blow this way

Wind power subsidies are at the crisis stage again. Our wacky Congress is dithering, swaying, offering then refusing, and tax breaks for many things hang in the balance, including generous financial backing for many windmills yet to rise.

All we want is loaded ships

The people with clipboards and pens, paid to fill out forms and such, have a natural and understandable dislike of late-20th century technology. Think about the humble bar code, those odd thick-and-thin lines you see on just about everything you buy. A quick flash at the reader, followed by a mild confirmation beep, and you do in a fraction of a second what a human being once did for wages. You record the item, price and sale in a record, which itself once was kept by the career nine-key punchers ...

Middle Class looking for help

You are falling behind, but you knew that, didn’t you? If you are like the great many — a middle wage earner, family income somewhere near the halfway point between top and bottom — then chances are good you haven’t felt a big lift from the rising economy. Statistically speaking, middle class incomes are stagnating while the cost of the necessities of life — health care, food, housing and cellphones — is rising. Consequently, you represent a newfound political opportunity.

Editorial: Arena on the rise

Two years ago on this date we wrote about the Miracle on Walla Walla Street. Town Toyota Center, only months before on the brink of financial disaster and a $42 million bond default, had suddenly become a genuine, self-supporting public agency, paying its debts and moving forward to new sunlit uplands. This was thanks in no small part to voter-approved sales tax surcharges and strong municipal leadership.

Editorial: Buy local, and keep dollars here

We all make choices. What we choose to do, where we choose to spend our money, has a local impact, whatever we do. We can choose to shop and spend at local businesses, so a share of our money stays local and spreads benefits to our friends and neighbors. Or, we can shop online and send our money away. It will benefit someone we don’t know, someone far, far distant.

The right stuff for retail patriots

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Editorial: Once again, Neighbors Care

We give thanks that, for most, this begins the season of plenty. It is the season of hope, of anticipation, of joy and love. But sadly, for too many, this is the season of want and need, cold, loneliness and despair. We give thanks then that we are a generous people when generosity can do much good, and bring some needed comfort to those who need it most.

Obama makes the right move

We have been waiting for immigration reform, of some kind, for more than two decades. We have pleaded for it, asked our representatives in Congress to support it, urged action at every opportunity, any time there was even a small hint that progress was possible. Our friends and neighbors by the thousands have been hoping for some resolution of their status, to let them at last emerge from the shadows. We all have waited and gotten nothing but squabbling, accusation and political posturing in the face of obvious and urgent ...