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Air Stagnation Advisory issued December 17 at 9:42AM PST until December 19 at 12:00PM PST by NWS

..LIGHT WINDS AND INVERSIONS WILL PERSIST THROUGH MUCH OF THE WORKWEEK. THIS WILL LEAD TOWARD STAGNANT AIR CONDITIONS OVER MUCH OF CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON. ...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST FRIDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND STABLE CONDITIONS WILL INCREASE

This Afternoon

Hi38° Rain/Snow Likely

Tonight

Lo31° Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi37° Chance Rain

Thursday Night

Lo32° Rain/Snow Likely

Friday

Hi40° Chance Rain/Snow

Friday Night

Lo30° Slight Chc Rain/Snow

Saturday

Hi37° Chance Rain/Snow

Saturday Night

Lo34° Rain

Sunday

Hi41° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

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

“Hello. You have reached GoAheadAndBuyIt.gov, your federally sponsored source for consumer acquisition encouragement. To speak to an adviser, please press 1 followed by the pound sign, followed by 2, followed by the star sign, now.”

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 ...

I-1351, too much

How do you do that? The voters have very narrowly approved Initiative 1351, to lower class size across the range, K-12. The measure of course came without instructions, or anything resembling a funding mechanism, so legislators must be befuddled. New estimates from the House Appropriations Committee says the initiative, which requires the state to hire tens of thousands of new teachers and school employees, will cost around $5 billion over the next five years and $2 billion per year thereafter. That doesn’t include the cost of new schools or future ...

The slopes, white

We sat down Friday afternoon to cheer the Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort for its adept use of cold air, hard work and keen snowmaking equipment to cover its slopes and yet again be the first ski area in the state to open for the season. We logged onto The Ridge website and clicked on the webcam link to see what’s up, and to our great joy didn’t see a thing.

Wilf Woods | Search for the Pole

There was a misplaced belief in the 19th century that the North Pole was open water warmed by a current from the south.

Tracy Warner | To bicycles, we are friendlier

My bicycle takes a rest during the cold weather. It doesn’t complain, mind you. It is a willing and trustworthy machine, and works as well in a cold November as a blazing July. It’s the pilot who grows shy of starting the day with a frozen face and inoperable fingers.

Forget the pipe; debate the burn

Modern political strategy rests on seeking the most flamboyant and attention-grabbing way of doing nothing. You must appear to be decisive in indecision, consequential in ineffectiveness and earnest in amorality. That is the right thing to do.