City limits are arbitrary things. There’s nothing natural about a city’s’ boundary ending at the shore of a river, for instance. If there is a natural city limit, better it be where city ends and country begins. Far better that those receiving municipal services be constituents of the municipality.
The Columbia Basin Development League held its 50th annual meeting at Moses Lake last week, and paused only briefly to dwell on a half century as advocates for an economic miracle. As is typical, the focus of the meeting quickly turned to the great work ahead. The Columbia Basin Project is not complete. Land needs water, the nation needs food.
What if we invested hundreds of millions in the recovery of a once-disappearing salmon species only to discover nearly half of the fish that return to the Columbia are eaten by rapidly multiplying, out-of-control, ravenous mammals? The fish-eaters simply ignore the Endangered Species Act, dine without regard to regulations and legal protections, care nothing about salmon survival, and spend their days feasting on some of the most valuable fish in the world.
Speaking of money in politics, it seems obvious from this week’s election results that billionaires come in very handy. Those seven-figure supporters don’t guarantee victory, there are a few losers around who can attest to that, but they sure make things easier. If you want to run an initiative, for instance, it helps to have millions to get it on the ballot and millions to campaign. It helps to have a stockpile to avoid the time-consuming hassle of groveling for donations. On the flip side, an opponent with billionaire backers ...
Most of us just assume that given enough money you can buy votes, and therefore buy elections and purchase political power and influence. We know that political advertising has irresistible persuasive power, enough to lure the malleable swing voters who very much wish to be lured, the bloc that so often decides elections. Politicians seem to think this is the case, judging by how much time they spend begging for contributions.
The people of Chelan, both civic and commercial interests, genuinely and fervently wanted Lake Chelan to stay a foot higher in September. The higher lake would enhance the appeal of their greatest asset at a most beautiful time of the year. The Chelan County PUD, which lowers the lake in the fall to capture runoff and manage its Lake Chelan hydroelectric project, was asked to accommodate this request.
You probably have never heard of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center. No matter. It doesn’t seek a high profile. But it represents an approach to solving problems and conflicts that you should know better. It provides the means for adversaries to come together, to find the resources that can point to possible solutions and to compromise. It endeavors to do this for both small conflicts and huge longstanding, seemingly neverending public battles.
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.