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Common Ground | Hollywood movie has a Wenatchee connection

The new romantic comedy that hit theaters this past week — "Mother's Day" — has an interesting Wenatchee connection. Wenatchee native Fred Grimm, a high school classmate of mine, who went on to a success real estate development career with Triad Development in Puget Sound, is one of the executive producers of the movie, which features Jennifer Aniston, Julia Robert, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis.

Kim Wyman | Primary offers a voice for all

The goal of Washington’s elections community is civic engagement of our electorate. We work to make voting and participating in the political process accessible, accurate and secure. It has been sad to hear the stories of so many caucus participants who say “never again” after recently enduring caucuses that lasted until after midnight in some cases.
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Charles Krauthammer: The world according to Trump

Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven’t had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is said), the United States is the most fortunate of all Great Powers, bordered on two sides by weak neighbors and on the other two by fish.

Tracy Warner | Wilderness can be too popular

The Wilderness Act of 1964 sets out the goals, and the contradiction. Wilderness, lands untrammeled or marked by humankind, should be preserved, and “shall be administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use ...”

Eugene Robinson: Yes, Harriet Tubman fits the bill

Conservatives should be delighted that Harriet Tubman’s likeness will grace the $20 bill. She was a Republican, after all, and a pious Christian. And she routinely exercised her Second Amendment right to carry a gun, which she was ready to use against anyone who stood in her way — or any fugitive slave having second thoughts. On her long road to freedom, there was no turning back.
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Wilf Woods | Meanwhile, back on the farm …

There's a new look to Mansfield wheat fields nowadays, with "no till" wheat planting the latest change. Darold Wax took Fred Deal and me last week to see the operation, run by one of his relatives, Doug Poole.
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Common Ground | Navy veteran Jay Bean gets an Honor Flight

Longtime Wenatchee businessman and civic leader Jay Bean is in Washington, D.C., today after being selected to participate in an Honor Flight. He spent yesterday in the nation's capital and will spend today there, as well, before returning home.

Wilf Woods | The story of Alibaba

Jack Ma runs one of the world's largest companies in China, Alibaba, an e-company empire. Duncan Clark, who has followed Ma's career, has a new book about the amazing success of this private company.

George Will | The ‘settled’ consensus du jour

Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism’s determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by by 16 states’ attorneys general and those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly “settled” conclusions of climate science.