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Common Ground | Why you should nominate a Jefferson Award candidate

A year ago, Mariachi Huenachi’s Ramon Rivera was nominated for the state Jefferson Award and was one of five winners. Rivera said getting the award has changed his life and created tremendous momentum for the music and educational empowerment program that he directs at the Wenatchee School District.

Move, for transport

The Washington Legislature, for all the heavy responsibility it lifts this session, will be a failure if it cannot debate and pass some kind of package to maintain and improve our state’s transportation system and its withering highways and bridges. This it has tried and failed to do for two years running, but now we approach what should be the final deadline. The state’s economy requires it. Without the efficient movement of goods and people we are lost.

Name your hero

You know a hero. We all do. It is someone who works and gives to help others, without a thought for themselves. It is someone tireless in their effort to improve their community and make it a better place to live. It is someone who sees a need, and acts.

Time to end this port catastrophe

Enough. The West Coast port slowdown, or near lockout, whatever the antagonists want to call it, has gone from curiosity to annoyance to full-blown economic crisis. It must end. We are broken. Our outlet to the world has been closed. The entry and exit for half our nation’s trade is, in effect, under blockade. The source of 12 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product is shut off. Thousands are without jobs. Local employment statistics show the impact. Business, farms, factories, families have lost billions, and the figure climbs by ...

All this warmth smells like smoke

We may be enjoying this lovely spring-in-February weather, pulling out the shorts or prepping the lawnmower, but I can’t help thinking of what might come by late July. Who knows how the weather will treat us between now and then, but right now I can almost smell the smoke. It is truly a shame when that feeling of sunny warmth on your cheek brings a tightness in the stomach. Too warm, too dry, and summer fires will be our punishment. Not again, please.

Amateurs unite and go Wild!

Are amateur athletes who play for profit-making teams really amateurs, there for the love of the sport? Yes, most say, but someone disagrees. Maybe they are just underage, underpaid employees, their skills and dedication exploited by profit-hungry team owners.

Republicans and their tragic flaws

It’s yet another Greek tragedy. The well-intentioned hero succumbs to a fatal character flaw and is lured inevitably and irresistibly to their doom. Everybody knows it. You see it coming. Nobody can stop it.

Farewell to Frank

It is with sorrow that we note the death of Frank T. Kuntz Thursday at the age of 84. It is with great joy that we recall his lifelong contributions to the Wenatchee area, his leadership, his drive, his willingness to serve. And we fondly recall his humor and good nature. Talk to Kuntz for any length of time and you would come away with an interesting insight, and usually his wry smile and best wishes. People of that quality are rare.

Vaccines and safety

Apart from the contentious politics, suspect motives and collective accusations of ignorance that seem to rivet the nation of late, vaccination rates and their decline are an increasing concern and an important public health issue. The rapid spread of potentially deadly communicable disease, mostly among children, is as serious as an issue can be.

Work for quality early education

It would be hard to find a better investment in the future than quality early-childhood education. Effective early-childhood education sends students to kindergarten ready to learn, improves learning and test scores, improves high school graduation rates, even raises income and reduces crime. Money invested in early learning saves far more later by reducing the necessity for remedial education and related maladies. It is clear, the path to becoming a productive, contributing citizen begins before kindergarten. Access to quality early-childhood education gives more children a better chance in life. What better ...

With catastrophe we get emails

For an economic catastrophe, it had been awfully quiet. The great West Coast ports are running at half speed for the tactical convenience of labor negotiators, costing us millions by the hour. The inlet for half of America’s imports and the outlet for much of its exports is on the verge of shutdown. The big national media are only mildly interested. Top Democratic politicians are quiet. Members of Congress are sending out press releases that serve for posturing but otherwise don’t have much effect. The economists point to down categories ...

Biofuels get more bad reviews

We spend a lot of time worrying about climate change and mankind’s growing contribution to it, and that’s right and good. Too bad we have to spend so much time worrying about the proposed cures.

Don’t judge judges by place

Geography counts. In politics, in popular culture, your place of origin or your current home make a difference. It makes a difference in how you see things and how others see you.

Yes for Cascade

Running down the Cascade School District’s proposal for a $69.5 million facilities bond, and your first reaction is this is really big, and this is drastic. They would build a new Osborn Elementary from scratch on a new site, build a mostly new Cascade High School and raze the old for a parking lot, and update and expand Peshastin-Dryden Elementary. It sounds close to a district do-over.

With trade comes apple opportunity

The largest market in the world soon will be open to all apples grown in the United States. After long and difficult negotiations it was announced last week China has agreed to accept imports of all U.S. apple varieties, not just diminishing red and golden delicious. At the same time, once the details are finalized the U.S. market will be opened to apples from China.

No, woody debris

They call it “large woody debris.” It is stumps and roots and trees placed in strategic spots in rivers and lakes to create habitat for fish, and compensate for changes wrought by human beings. It makes good sense in some places. It is a remedy favored by some in authority. And, they may not realize, it doesn’t fit Lake Chelan well, not at all. Not a lake whose surface elevation fluctuates 21 feet from winter to summer, not a lake with a notable lack of fish species to benefit from ...

At last, we get to the real game

There are a great many people in the Northwestern United States who will fall asleep tonight to visions of puny New England defensive backs helplessly bouncing off Marshawn Lynch as he pushes relentlessly toward the end zone. The few brave enough to try to stop him spin in futility as the mighty Lynch pushes them aside like ... like? I am no sportswriter. I don’t have a clever simile here. Like rag dolls, maybe? Like stale cheese puffs? Like mild annoyances? That’s stupid. Like a bull smashing all those dudes ...