MANSON — There’s a fascinating educational transformation beginning in the Manson School District that is engaging students in ways far more relevant and meaningful than the standard approach to teaching.
Their legacy is our everyday joy, the multicultural, multi-generational gathering place, the crown jewels. We all walk the path blazed by Bob Parlette, Eliot Scull and the late Gordon Congdon Sr. More accurately, we all walk or ride or skate or amble by other means the paths the efforts of Parlette, Scull and Congdon helped create or preserve. How appropriate these three were chosen grand marshals of this year’s Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Grand Parade.
They called it a miracle. After an enormous emergency effort, extended fish ladders are complete at the severely wounded Wanapum Dam, and Rock Island Dam upstream. They were in place and functional at virtually the same moment the first salmon of the spring season arrived to pass.
It was a poignant moment April 12 when Wenatchee Valley Symphony conductor Nikolas Caoile lowered his arms at the close of Samuel Barber’s exceptionally beautiful Adagio For Strings. They were the final strains of Caoile’s final Wenatchee concert, and the knowing audience waited in a prolonged silence before erupting in affectionate applause. It was the kind of musical drama we came to expect from the enormously talented Caoile. He will be missed.
Tradition and history have enormous community value. Ideals, mores, loyalties and attitudes are handed from one generation to another. The outlooks and attitudes of the young are shaped by those who precede them.
It used to be, sightings were very rare. You read about them, saw the magazine articles and features on television news, but you never expected to see one face to face. They were too few, and the odds against a close encounter just too great. Then months ago, to my surprise, while walking down Washington Street, in broad daylight, I saw an electric car.
In a 2006 interview, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said the Constitution is “basically about” one word — “democracy” — that appears in neither that document nor the Declaration of Independence. Democracy is America’s way of allocating political power. The Constitution, however, was adopted to confine that power in order to “secure the blessings of” that which simultaneously justifies and limits democratic government — natural liberty.
The celebrations have been, shall we say, somewhat muted. This week marks the 20th anniversary of the official adoption of the famed document known as the Northwest Forest Plan, the climax of the great and, we thought, everlasting environmental and economic conflict over the sale of publicly owned trees for financial gain. The great compromise declared an end to the timber wars by placing 85 percent of the region’s federal timber off-limits to commercial logging. At least, it was called a compromise at the time, proposed by the great compromiser ...