Build more dams

There it goes again. The life blood of our community. It gives us clean safe hydro electricity. It grows apples and pears and grapes to feed the world. It waters our yards and we drink it.

The glaciers are not coming back. The snow pack is not going to grow and/or last. There are more and more people coming here and needing water.

Our only hope is more dams: Here, there everywhere. Water for power. Water for growing. Water for drinking. Clean, cool water for salmon, trout, etc.

Chris Hiatt


Of leashes and second thoughts

It’s 3 a.m. and I’m awake in thought after a change of heart about my original acceptance of non-rule followers at Hale Park’s off-leash dog park.

The park rules state no dogs are to be left on leash inside the Park. Some dogs are difficult to catch and their people leave the leash dragging behind the dog so they can more rapidly control the four-legged legged if needed.

Yesterday, after I requested one dog dad remove his dog’s leash (after not initially realizing the potential danger of leaving it on) the dog dad left in a huff grumbling about my inconsistency. I can’t say I blame him, and I feel awful after seeing him leave and me playing the role of dog park rule enforcer.

So...if you read this, I’m sorry leashed-dogs dad for my change of heart and and I’ll instead help you catch your quick boy.

I think this is a better agreement for us all.

I hope you read this and we all keep enjoying a safe & fun dog park.

Sincerely, Lucy’s mom

Sharon Muir


Thanks to those who worked to keep graduates safe

Thanks to Kelli Scott for her essay on Graduation, Party Patrols, and the Teen Brain (June 7, 2019), as she portrayed the need for our community as a whole to care for our graduating seniors at this jubilant — yet vulnerable — time of year.

We are lucky that our law enforcement officers were proactive about this annual rite-of-passage.

I had the privilege of riding with Chelan County Chief of Patrol Rick Johnson as he led a multi-jurisdictional team of law enforcement officers in late-night patrols to make sure our seniors did not get carried away with their celebrations.

Johnson worked with the high school principals to set up an effective outreach program to the parents — and the students themselves—on the dangers of reckless partying at graduation. Johnson then organized an engaged team from the Chelan County Sheriff’s office, Douglas County Sheriff, police for the cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee, Washington State Patrol, and enforcement agents from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service.

Working as a well-organized squad, they had the region covered, believe me. They effectively prevented many good teens from making bad decisions.

I was impressed with the shared sense of commitment, professionalism, and care these officers showed. It is a great example of regional collaboration for a common good.

Bob Bugert

Chelan County Commissioner

‘Post-Truth’: A book for divided times

Our country is engaged in an ongoing struggle to experience a sense of national unity. Ever since 1776 we’ve been dealing with our differences of race, religion, nationality, politics and economic disparity hoping to cobble together a sense of unity as Americans.

We’ve managed to be united in our “silo” identities, bonding with people who look, talk and believe like we do (the small “us” and “ours” of our “silo“ identities), but we’re finding it more difficult to be united with a whole nation of people who, even though they’re fellow Americans, often do not share our political or cultural beliefs and traditions (the large “us” and “ours” of our American identity.)

A new (and not new) form of dividedness we’re experiencing in the 21st century has to do with truth. In his book, “Post-Truth,” Lee Mcintyre, professor of History of Science at Boston University and an Instructor in Ethics at Harvard University, helps us understand what’s going on in the search for truth in our American society and, for that matter, throughout the world.

He says the path of “feelings”, “emotions” and “ideology“ (what we want or wish to be the truth) has become a popular path to truth in our country, more popular than the path of factual evidence. As far as the news media is concerned, he points out that news reporters/organizations are at risk of filtering the truth through a political or religious ideology (or leader) with the result that we often do not end up with objective truth based on factual evidence (facts) but a biased version of the truth (“fake news”) that serves only one’s own political interests.

I haven’t even scratched the surface of the book, “Post-Truth.” It’s in the library. A good read.

Ron Moen