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Gluten gives rise to much good

I have many personal failings I’d rather not discuss at the moment, but I will admit to something rather shocking. I like gluten. I eat gluten regularly and enjoy it. Not only that, I admire gluten for its role in the development of civilization, for its miraculous qualities that allow a paste of powdered grain and water to stretch like a rubber band, blow up like a balloon, to multiply in volume and feed the masses their daily bread.

Scots, think this over carefully

They make notes in some cubbies of the English press, that Americans are oblivious and quite possibly stupid when presented the possibility of the end of Great Britain. When Britons note some of the economic and political ramifications that surely will be felt on this side of the Atlantic should Scotland choose independence, Americans say “Golly. Wow” and then return head to sand. We don’t believe Scottish fantasies come true.

New life at Parkside

The old Parkside nursing home on Cashmere Street will host a shower Wednesday. It is a shower of the gift-giving kind, in conjunction with an open house at the new and welcome Parkside Apartments, hosted by the Women’s Resource Center. The shower portion of the festivities will perhaps attract some donated furnishings for the new studio apartments. What’s more important is what these new apartments will provide — shelter for the weak and homeless, for people suffering from mental illness. People who once had nowhere to turn, now do.

Leave legislation to the lawmakers

The patience of the Washington Supreme Court has been tested. The justices have had it, or just about. That much came through last week during the historic show cause hearing over the celebrated McCleary school funding case. To be decided is whether the state of Washington and its Legislature will be held in contempt for failure to meet judicial instructions and deadlines, and if they are found in contempt, what punishment would be appropriate and effective.

Pears, only the best

We are accustomed to bragging about the fruit grown in North Central Washington, but with all the apples and cherries it is sometimes easy to overlook the fact that the center of the pear universe lies somewhere in the Wenatchee Valley. Yes, Wenatchee to Cashmere to Dryden to Peshastin to Leavenworth, absolutely the best pear orchards in the world. No brag, just fact.

College still pays, if you do it right

Children you have known, your own or the offspring of friends and acquaintances, the tykes that only recently transformed from adorable droolers into puzzling adolescents, have suddenly passed through another astonishing metamorphosis. They are young adults.

Legal marijuana, let it be, let it be

For the time being, your city can ban marijuana shops, just as it can ban other things that annoy its citizens and give its regulators palpitations. It can even ban things state law specifically accommodates and licenses, as long as it’s not a head-to-head conflict or the Legislature didn’t say shut up and take it. City-by-city NIMBYism gets a pass.

No, oil won’t stay in the ground

They blocked the tracks in Everett Tuesday. Protestors, highly trained, erected an 18-foot teepee over the rails while compatriots cheered from a nearby overpass, the Everett Herald reported. A woman in a yellow parka and green hardhat, identified on Facebook as Abby Brockway, a “high flying climate activist” from Seattle, sat at the tippy top of the teepee, holding a pair of illegible signs and trailing a banner that said “Cut Oil Trains Not Conductors.” She raised a mandatory clenched fist. Others sat in folding chairs on a crossing or ...

Conservation pays us back

It is an investment. Conservation of precious land in its natural state, construction of trails and parks for recreation or access, preservation of wildlife habitat or farmland — they fit the definition. They all involve the commitment of funds with expectation of a return. Call it a profit if you like.

Time to change the way our city votes

A federal judge in Seattle has ruled that the process of electing the city council of Yakima violates the Voting Rights Act by its design — making it nearly impossible for a Latino candidate to win an election and a seat. The non-Latino majority “suffocates” the Latino minority, Judge Thomas O. Rice ruled. There are differences, but Wenatchee’s circumstance has striking parallels. It is time to take heed, before change is forced, and lay the groundwork for a truly representative electoral system.

Later school starts may be the answer

As schools get going, it’s interesting to note when high schools start make a difference in student learning. Circadian rhythms are the reason, pushing teenagers to sleep later and stay up later at night.

The court looks down the hill

We stand at the crest of the great, legendary slippery slope. It awaits, very slick. All we need do is take a step down.

Accountants say bad/good ahead

This kind of news is really too boring to be scary. Here come the government accountants with a lot of charts and projections showing what might happen in 2024 if we are dumb enough to stay a dumb as we are today. Oh boy. Hit the lights.

Putting the brakes on the Great Northern’s electric history

When the Great Northern Railway opened its big tunnel through Stevens Pass in 1929, it electrified the whole line from Wenatchee to Skykomish. The Appleyard in south Wenatchee became the maintenance center for the electrics, and Joe Gaynor became head of it.

Link Transit provides a valuable community service

Rufus and I rode Link yesterday — a half-hour trip in town, and another half-hour to East Wenatchee — as part of a promotional event for the public transit system’s city shuttle buses.

Nasty milfoil shouldn’t wait

If milfoil grew on dry ground the way it grows under water we likely would blast it with any herbicide even close to safe. Imagine, wide swaths of open land rendered unusable and impassable to people or their vehicles by a tall-growing plant, a noxious weed so prolific it reproduces wherever bits and pieces hit the ground. That is happening in our rivers and lakes.