Tradition and history have enormous community value. Ideals, mores, loyalties and attitudes are handed from one generation to another. The outlooks and attitudes of the young are shaped by those who precede them.
It used to be, sightings were very rare. You read about them, saw the magazine articles and features on television news, but you never expected to see one face to face. They were too few, and the odds against a close encounter just too great. Then months ago, to my surprise, while walking down Washington Street, in broad daylight, I saw an electric car.
The celebrations have been, shall we say, somewhat muted. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the official adoption of the famed document known as the Northwest Forest Plan, the climax of the great and, we thought, everlasting environmental and economic conflict over the sale of publicly owned trees for financial gain. The great compromise declared an end to the timber wars by placing 85 percent of the region’s federal timber off-limits to commercial logging. At least, it was called a compromise at the time, proposed by the great compromiser ...
We are such wasteful creatures. We have electricity at such reasonable costs that we feel the need to shine our light everywhere, and turn night to day, even to the point of blotting out the night sky. Can a child in Wenatchee or East Wenatchee gaze out their window and wish upon a star? Not likely. They may not have seen many.
The flow of the Columbia dominates our lives and livelihoods. It supplies our power, light, warmth, industry, commerce, food and sustenance. As such, the treaty between the United States and Canada governing our shared responsibilities for the river is of supreme importance. The prospect of changing that treaty is filled with both risk an promise.
We grieved in late March after a burglar and cruel arsonist set a fire that wrecked The Grief Place on Fifth Street. We are sure many joined our sadness, as this organization that helps people deal with the loss of loved ones has played such a valued role in so many lives.
In Washington state politics, geography counts. For what exactly we aren’t sure, but our origins and current residence have meaning. Your home provides a snapshot of your experience, which affects your point of view and potentially your judgment, and provides others a means to judge you.
Everybody is worried about increased income equality. It’s not just neo-socialists looking for new ways to tar capitalism, or Democrats searching for political energy or an excuse to tax their wealthy enemies. The increased economic polarization in the United States is genuinely something to fret over, because political instability and multi-generational hopelessness are not good for anybody.
A booklet full of photos of the Foothills has come from the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust with the following foreword: Thirty, fifty, one hundred yeas from now, the Wenatchee Foothills will be just as beautiful as they are today.
While we ponder how government regulation might lower our risk from flood, landslide, avalanche, volcanic eruption and raging fire, it is deeply comforting to know the federal government has stepped in to save us from the hazards of unpruned lavender.
If you haven’t switched out your studded snow tires, you are late. The deadline was April 1. Of course, that deadline is too late to avoid the $17.8 million to $124 million in damage that studded tires inflict on Washington highways ... every year. You can stand on any busy street corner in mid-winter and hear them grinding on the iceless pavement. You can see the result.
The landslide near Oso and tragic loss of life has everyone’s attention. This is especially true for governments with some responsibility for anticipating natural disaster and doing something to minimize the impact on life and property. If any good can come of an event as tragic as the Oso slide, this is one small part.