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Geography counts, too much

In Washington state politics, geography counts. For what exactly we aren’t sure, but our origins and current residence have meaning. Your home provides a snapshot of your experience, which affects your point of view and potentially your judgment, and provides others a means to judge you.

Less equal, and fighting more

Everybody is worried about increased income equality. It’s not just neo-socialists looking for new ways to tar capitalism, or Democrats searching for political energy or an excuse to tax their wealthy enemies. The increased economic polarization in the United States is genuinely something to fret over, because political instability and multi-generational hopelessness are not good for anybody.

Wilf Woods | Spring and a foothills booklet arrive

A booklet full of photos of the Foothills has come from the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust with the following foreword: Thirty, fifty, one hundred yeas from now, the Wenatchee Foothills will be just as beautiful as they are today.

Online poll results

Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses:

Lessons learned from a tragedy

The landslide near Oso and tragic loss of life has everyone’s attention. This is especially true for governments with some responsibility for anticipating natural disaster and doing something to minimize the impact on life and property. If any good can come of an event as tragic as the Oso slide, this is one small part.

Regulating trivia

While we ponder how government regulation might lower our risk from flood, landslide, avalanche, volcanic eruption and raging fire, it is deeply comforting to know the federal government has stepped in to save us from the hazards of unpruned lavender.

Studs grind away

If you haven’t switched out your studded snow tires, you are late. The deadline was April 1. Of course, that deadline is too late to avoid the $17.8 million to $124 million in damage that studded tires inflict on Washington highways ... every year. You can stand on any busy street corner in mid-winter and hear them grinding on the iceless pavement. You can see the result.

Wilf Woods | This opera is worth seeing

Saturday’s Metropolitan Opera performance of Puccini’s “La Boheme” on the big screen at the Snowy Owl performance center in Leavenworth drew a near capacity crowd for the morning session.

Wind to get its subsidy, again

They followed the script. The Senate Finance Committee Thursday approved a package of tax breaks that, among other subsidies, extends the wind energy production tax credit for another two years.

Free speech and its regulators

It’s about freedom of speech, and nothing else. It is about government stopping or controlling you when you express your political opinion. It is a debate over when government is justified in limiting how your political views are expressed. It is about two views of freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment. Does the First Amendment forbid government to interfere in political debate, or is government the essential regulator protecting the fullest public expression in the “marketplace of ideas”?

Natural disaster will come again

Sept. 5, 1925, must have been another beautiful late summer day in the bustling new community at the mouth of a canyon called Squilchuck. Where the trickling creek flowed into the Columbia, the Great Northern had built a huge switching facility called the Appleyard. Nearby were two hotels filled with workers, a tourist campground near the highway, a cafe, a grocery store, a post office, and new houses leading up the valley, where the orchards were nearly ready for harvest.

Wilf Woods | The West that might have been

The early history of the Pacific Northwest’s division between Britain and the U.S. rests in part on the outcome of John Jacob Astor’s fur enterprise.

Online poll results

Here are the results of poll questions on wenatcheeworld.com in the past week and some of the responses:
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Local Solutions: Caring for the Wenatchee Foothills

With the successful completion of the recent $8.67 million Wenatchee Foothills Campaign, land protected in the foothills west of Wenatchee for people and wildlife has doubled. Now our community has new opportunities, with expanded possibilities for exploring, hiking, mountain biking and riding horses. Increased use also presents new challenges. As a community we need to ensure that we use the land in a way that prevents damage and preserves the beauty of this amazing resource that is ours.