It reads like a classic tragedy. The characters are doomed, pushed toward their inevitable ignominious fate by their very nature — their instinct, desires, prejudice and frailty. They can’t help themselves. They do what they do because they must, even if it brings their own destruction. Everybody can see it coming.
Where was I? We all remember. Nov. 22, 1963, would leave an indelible mark on a buzz-cut blond 10-year-old boy who liked nothing better than to read history and imagine what it was like to live during a major world-changing event. I would learn, this day.
The Endangered Species Act is a very useful political tool. Once a species is listed as being in danger of extinction, its defenders are endowed with enormous leverage to affect public policy, alter state and local governance, even bring down entire industries. No wonder when the law is proven successful, when a species once nearly gone is revived and thrives, there would be a prolonged period of denial.
A small news item last week told us that the Wenatchee Adult Respite Day Care Center has closed after 28 years of community service. The center at Grace Lutheran Church cared for adults suffering from various inflictions of aging, including dementia and Parkinson’s and other disabilities, allowing their caregivers free time for rest and errands while knowing their loved ones were safe.
Washington’s Senate caucus of fiscal conservatives and penny pinchers has proposed something if not out of character, against their natural grain enough to be bold — a phased 11.5-cent hike in the state gasoline tax, to finance $12.3 billion in highway projects. The proposal, to pay for 51 projects, is noticeably fatter than the package passed by the Democratic House last year, the package the Majority Coalition Caucus could not abide. The Senate coalition would raise the fuel tax a penny more and pay for $2.5 billion more projects.
For most people, when you talk transportation you are pondering things big, expensive and fast. It’s much more interesting to ponder a $90 million interchange than sidewalks on Wenatchee Avenue, or a bridge over the Columbia than a bike lane on First Street.
Hardly a year goes by here at Opinion Page HQ without hearing from a reader perturbed over the fact that people ride bicycles. They are angry that they in their liquid-fueled automobile, using their tax-supported roadway, must share space with people on self-powered two-wheel vehicles.
Remember those we’re-so-green-with-ethanol television commercials? They were in the distant past, say 2004. I think they were for an oil company touting its environmental credentials, or a car manufacturer showing how Earth-friendly its large trucks could be. They showed bright blue skies and puffs of clouds over seas of cleanest, greenest, most appealing cornfields imaginable. They would pan past clean, attractive people in denim shirts doing something to the corn, maybe picking it by hand, smiling as broadly as they possibly could as a small SUV passed by without raising ...
The Stemilt Partnership was formed in 2007, a union of the concerned, people and government expressly fearful for the fate of four sections of public land in the beautiful Stemilt Basin, just south of Wenatchee. Their values, cemented after long consultation and public collaboration, include protection for wildlife habitat, for watershed essential to agriculture, for the rich recreational opportunities and the extraordinary beauty of the natural setting.
The Securities and Exchange Commission analysis of the Town Toyota Center financing fiasco is peppered with synonyms for lies. “Materially false and misleading,” is often repeated. Statements to potential investors were “factually inaccurate,” the SEC says. There were “statements of untrue facts” and “material facts” omitted.
It once was considered a valid, useful, if bold economic strategy. Workers for a particular business could join as one, in a union, and with the increased leverage solidarity provides bargain collectively for a larger share of the profits their labor helped create.
Boeing and its desires create opportunity, economic and political. That is a major part of the substance and character of this state, the nurturing of the business that nurtures a prosperous middle and upper-middle class at work building a large share of the world’s air transport system. If not that, there is work making things for the people who make airplanes, or providing services for the people who make things for the people making airplanes, or sitting in classrooms to learn ways to do any of that. And in part, ...
There is no substitute for the power of passion and energy for making a difference in the human condition, whether the cause is local or global. When people give of themselves, they inspire others to do the same.