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Education brings us all a gateway

What an opportunity. We live in a community where our homes, businesses and schools are only minutes away from a portal to the natural world. For Wenatchee’s fifth-graders, it happens every year. Just a quick trip from their everyday classroom and they are in the greatest classroom of all, a world begging to be explored.

In common cause

You can gaze across the great forests of the eastern Cascades and see an unnatural landscape. After a century of fire suppression and mismanagement, in many locations the slopes and canyons are clogged with trees at densities 10 times greater than when we European descendents arrived on the scene. They are starved for moisture, dry, ready to burn.

Disaster aid justice

It was one of the great mysteries revealed in the devastation of the Carlton Complex fires that should you lose your home in a hurricane, flood, tornado or other natural disaster, you may then be eligible for federal disaster assistance. If your home burns to the ground in a wildfire, even one that began on federal land, you are out of luck.

Ashed in, a flutist turns to composition

One of the benefits of Alcoa’s presence in the valley was the bringing of artists here through their sponsorship of the Affiliate Artist program.

Special Olympics back for the 25th

It begins today, for the 25th time. Thousands of athletes, coaches, family and friends arrive in Wenatchee for the Special Olympics Washington Winter Games. We hope these guests know just how welcome they are, and how flattered this city and region are to host such a wonderful and inspiring event for the last quarter century. The Winter Games are a highlight of the sporting year.

More salmon, and more wanted

From deep in my college memories, I recall one definition of politics as “the exercise of power, influence and authority.” In the Northwest, salmon are politicians. They are power for the metaphorical machine that drives decisions on billions of dollars of public spending. They influence our outlook, our actions and plans for the future. They supply political leverage and motivation for countless government actions, programs and appropriations.

Oil trains still rolling along

Accidents come with statistical near-inevitability. Unless you cease your risky behavior, it is difficult technically to reduce the chance of an accident to zero. If the probability is something above zero, then accidents will happen, somewhere, sometime. You can do what you can to reduce the chances, and lessen the consequences, but whatever you do, it will happen. You or your successors will have to deal with it.

Buying exoskeleton demonstrates vision

To see Dr. Ed Farrar take steps with the help of an exoskeleton device is thrilling. After spending five years in a wheelchair after an accident, Farrar first tested one of these computerized rehabilitation devices in California last year.

Wilf Woods | Hooray for sight!

Like many others, I have been using eye drops for years under the care of Dr. J. M. Britt of the Eye and Ear Clinic.

Recognize them

There is a hero near you who deserves something — recognition. These are the selfless, active volunteers in service, the people who make this a better place. They may not care for attention, but it’s important, because recognition creates more of them.

A miraculous step

To stand, to walk. It is an incredibly complex and difficult process even for people with healthy neuromuscular systems. For the disabled, there is no such thing as one small step for mankind.

Minimum wage rising on its own

It’s all the buzz on the national wires today. Walmart, largest private employer in the United States, will raise its minimum wage to $9 per hour soon, and $10 by February, 2016, says the New York Times. That applies in some degree to 500,000 of its 1.3 million employees.

Our schools and our diseases

I had the mumps. If you don’t know, mumps is a once-common childhood disease. It is a memorable infection, at least the parts after the fever subsides. I remember well the primary symptom, severe swelling of the salivary glands until you look like Dizzy Gillespie going for a high C. It was painful enough to stick in my memory for nearly 60 years, even if I avoided the more common complications, like meningitis. You do not want your child to get the mumps. Believe me.

Wilf Woods | A paperboy who turned dimes into quarters

Tib Plughoff of Omak remembers his paperboy days. He writes: “Before I obtained my route I sold by the Mecca barbershop. The trick was to put the paper into the person’s hand while they still had their change (haircuts were 75 cents and they had two bits change) so often the 10 cent paper was purchased for a quarter. Pretty tricky, I might add. But then Wenatchee Daily World paperboys (there were no girls) were resourceful and did not like to take no for an answer...only one thin dime made ...