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College is still worth the price

In theory, this higher education bubble should pop any time now. You know about economic bubbles. That’s when the cost of an investment rises faster than the return, and then surpasses it, and suddenly everyone ducks out. The last people in on the deal take a bath as the value of their investment assets plunge, because nobody wants them anymore.

Marijuana among the pioneers

This all seems so strange. We have spent our lives in a prohibitionist state — an intoxicating product is strictly forbidden by law, sold only by criminals, constantly chased by law enforcement, and yet easily obtained and widely used. Now, we come to the day of great change, the day the world turned upside down. We see people lining up at the state’s first legal marijuana stores, to legally buy legally grown marijuana, to be consumed legally.

Fund fireworks? Yes, we can do it

There was something missing this Fourth of July. At Walla Walla Point, we were short about 10,000 people. No bombs bursting in air, at least not legally or safely; no gathering at dusk for a mass, multicultural celebration of our independence, our liberty and our mutual freedom. The rocket’s red glare? Not there — all because we’re not good at fundraising, not for fireworks shows, at least.

A walk for hope

“For those of us who live in a wheelchair — to stand up and see yourself in a mirror, to look your friends in the eye, well, it’s an overwhelming feeling.”

Say hello to a sockeye near you

It didn’t generate many headlines, but on Thursday of last week 30,262 sockeye salmon climbed the ladder at Bonneville Dam. It was a busier-than-average day in a season of busy days. By the middle of this week, a cumulative 363,853 sockeye had passed Bonneville. That is already double last year’s total run of 186,000. The fisheries experts updated their forecast this week and now expect 425,000 sockeye at Bonneville this year, second only to the stupendous record of 515,673 set in 2012. Our river has not seen such plentiful sockeye ...

Wilf Woods | NCW is museum-rich

I took time this week to visit the Rocky Reach Dam visitor center and museum, in the beautiful grounds of that dam.

The court and the culture war, again

Another day in the culture war, another afternoon spent reading another snappy 5-4 Supreme Court decision, a decision that properly distorted will horrify one party’s base, and that reaction will horrify the other party’s base, being seen as an example of their frothy intolerance and everything that’s wrong with their subset of humankind.

A rare opportunity

Chelan County PUD has begun the process of developing what might be called a strategic plan. On its face that might not sound particularly interesting, but it is time to wake up. This will be the great roadmap, the PUD says, a guide to the future of Chelan County and the PUD’s role in it. Given the PUD’s role will be enormous no matter what path we take, that makes this and important exercise. And the PUD is going to extraordinary lengths to engage the public, its owners, in the ...

Three projects head the list

The North Central Washington Economic Development District last week supplied some intriguing food for thought when it issued its list of three “top projects of regional economic significance” for 2014-15. The proposed projects are well known, but not necessarily discussed much outside a small circle of supporters. It’s time the rest of us kept them on the list of possibilities.

Finally, that’s done

It’s over at last. The official end came Thursday as the Wenatchee City Council gave unanimous approval to a legal settlement with Global Entertainment, the proposer, promoter and original manager of Town Toyota Center. There will be $1 million passed from Global to the city. The city will pass 40 percent to its lawyers. This settlement, in the language of Mayor Frank Kuntz, means “All the legal stuff will be done.”

Doing nothing is their choice

The president is the nation’s chief executive. He puts the will of Congress into action. He vows to “faithfully execute” the laws of the United States, laws that originate in the legislative branch.

Move along, no oil trains here

Peak oil? Not yet. Like it or not, the United States now is among the world’s leading oil producers, pumping around 9 million barrels a day and rising. That’s not far behind Saudi Arabia, and makes a lot of sheikdoms look puny. And like it or not, this compressed energy will be burned to turn the economic wheels of the world. To get from producer to customer, however, it has to go somewhere.

Cronies, renew the Ex-Im Bank

As I sit here, very close to the middle of the bustling state of Washington, the yields of crony capitalism flow all around me, and I am grateful. It’s the critics who call it crony capitalism. Others beg to differ, but the fundamentals are understood — it is international commerce, enabled by the federal government’s selective use of public credit. Whatever you call it, we in the most successful trading state in the nation benefit enormously. It allows our companies — small ones, and yes, the very big, profitable and ...