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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.

Tracy Warner | Voters are smart enough, I hope

So, are voters stupid? That’s often the question asked by the losing side in the last election. Since the voters did not choose us, the thinking goes, they must suffer from cognitive disabilities, or perhaps they were wooed by the clever and devious schemes of our enemies, who know they will not win on the merit of their ideas, but only by subterfuge and tricks to lure the gullible masses.

Studded to grind

It’s that time of year, when we hear the clickety-clicking chorus of studded tires as they grind away our precious asphalt. Such a waste for so little traction.

We see their gift

You can be a hero. There are many ways. Sometimes it involves using your gifts for the good of your community and its environment, often with no return possible other than personal satisfaction.

Do all to keep our ports open

As they say in business, we are at the mercy of the supply chain. Having the best apples, hay and potatoes in the world is well and good, but not worth much unless the products can reach the customers. Close the West Coast ports and that’s it — half the customers in the world cut off.

Obama won’t fix a broken system

They celebrate already. Based on a flood of leaks, it is certain President Obama soon will take executive action granting a temporary reprieve from deportation for illegal immigrants with close family ties in the United States, and visas for high-tech workers and others. Action may come as soon as next week, says The Wall Street Journal. The president says the action is justified by the perpetual do-nothing Congress, fiddling away in a time of obvious need.

They’re angry, we pay the price

Labor disputes with all the ugly trimmings — strikes, walkouts, lockouts, slowdowns, threats, etc. — are often baffling to the innocent bystanders. You can’t choose sides, not knowing what makes those people so angry. You know they fight over profits and who gets what, but right and wrong are in disguise. When both sides look rich, we ordinary people will never understand.

Traffic jams are our shared future

For reasons I can’t quite explain, I recently found myself sitting in a rental car on a freeway, somewhere near the center of Houston, Texas. This is one of the biggest and busiest cities in the hemisphere and so I wasn’t surprised to be trapped in the vast regional gridlock, crammed in with a few million people on six lanes of hell. Time is money, I thought, as I tried to figure out which of a hundred dash buttons turned on the radio. Good thing for them I’m not getting ...

Editorial: Annexation is a natural next step

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.

Editorial: Esparza is ready

The Wenatchee City Council was presented with an excellent field of candidates to replace recently resigned Councilman Tony Veeder, and its final choice was excellent: Ruth Esparza.

Editorial: Still the advocates

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.

Tracy Warner | The salmon feast on the Columbia

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.

It takes more than billionaires

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 ...

Tracy Warner | Voters not so easily persuaded

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.