On the walk to work this morning I passed the usual groups of children trudging to school, headed toward the elementary school to the south and the middle school to the west. They must be out for some early activity or the breakfast shift. Many heft backpacks filled, I presume, with books, heavy enough to cause them to waddle like little bipedal turtles, if there were such a thing. I had to swerve around one lad who had pencil in hand, writing in a notebook as he walked, deep in ...
It is not news. Washington’s economy, as it is in most every modern industrial state, is dependent on moving goods and people from place to place efficiently. Time really is money. Time lost, with products or employees stuck in traffic, is money lost. Money lost reduces profits, from which all our financial strength derives.
Our friends at Upper Valley MEND (Meeting Each Need with Dignity) in Leavenworth are doing some nice community partnerships to help those in need. What they are doing could be replicated in other communities in support of building more compassionate and resilient communities.
Wenatchee may have the distinction of being the smallest community in America to offer a leadership training program by ONE.org, an organization dedicated to alleviating poverty and preventable diseases across the globe by mobilizing grass roots support.
Background checks are a sensible precaution when selling firearms. They are no cure for gun violence and mayhem, and no threat to the rights of legitimate gun owners, but it is possible they might keep some guns out of unwanted hands, namely away from convicted criminals and people with a certified mental illness. That in some degree is a boost for public safety.
Next Saturday morning a carpool of the willing, volunteers and Rotarians, will set out from the Grace Lutheran Church parking lot on their way to the Methow Valley, to face the scars of the horrible Carlton Complex fires and do what they can to help.
This will be Quincy Valley Medical Center’s year of decision. The hospital lost $800,000 last year, managers say. It owes nearly $4 million to Grant County and the county treasurer says if the debt is not reduced he’ll recommend the commissioners approve no more hospital expenditures. Comes that reckoning, and Quincy Valley Medical Center would have to cut services so severely it essentially will cease to be.
Initiative 1351 on the current ballot is an irresponsible, self-serving, budget bashing measure that exploits a soft spot with voters while hiding the enormous, untenable price they will be forced to pay. Worse, the research suggests all that expense and sacrifice will bring little or no improvement in the education of their children. Nothing.
I do not worry about Ebola. It all looks scary with those poor people dying in Africa and all the horrible suffering, but I do not worry about it. The experts in communicable disease tell us that everything’s fine, that my chance of contracting Ebola is less than being stuck by lightning three times during my lunch break Friday. You can’t catch it except when an infected person shows symptoms, like fever, and even then you only get it through contact with their contaminated bodily fluids, like blood and vomit ...
It was an exceptionally beautiful autumn day on our stretch of the Columbia Friday. The river just kept rolling along at 76,000 cubic feet per second. On shore, orchardists and workers were busy harvesting the last of a record apple crop. Coho and chinook salmon were still arriving by the hundreds, adding to the more than 786,000 salmon that had passed Rock Island since spring. Boaters were enjoying the fine weather. Appreciative people strolled on the shoreline trails. All was right with the world.
A group of civic leaders from the Wenatchee Valley met this week to talk about the possibility of entering a contest to be named one of America’s Best Communities, a program launched by Frontier Communications.
Monday is Indigenous Peoples Day in Seattle. The Seattle City Council has voted to celebrate on the second Monday of October the former inhabitants of the shores of what European descendents called Elliott Bay, which lies on a body of water named for a British naval officer, in a city whose name is a rather awkward anglo-phoneticization of a 19th century Duwamish leader’s name, which some say might be better spelled Si’ahl, for a more accurate pronunciation.
Relax. It turns out there really wasn’t much to worry about. People of the same sex can marry legally, and take on the contractual and social obligations that go with it, and there are only a few dissipating ripples in the fabric of the moral universe. People who once worried about a generation-long social war as the traditional concept of marriage was challenged, now wonder what the big deal is. People who feared creative judges would force gay marriage on a wary public, now realize it is the public that ...
The scope of the disaster called the Carlton Complex is still too great for an ordinary detached person to grasp. It happened mostly one horrible night in July — 320 homes destroyed, hundreds of outbuildings lost, countless assets and livestock gone and hundreds of people displaced. Gov. Jay Inslee’s office estimated the value of lost homes alone at $28 million, and secondary losses at $70 milllion. Mind you, this is in one valley in the corner of a huge county with 15,000 households total, and a median household income of ...