Op-ed: Passage of Electrify Africa gives hope citizens and Congress can cooperate

The Electrify Africa Bill unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives Feb. 1 as part of the consent agenda. The Senate already passed the bill so it now goes to President Obama, who has said he will sign it.
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I’m lucky except I didn’t win Powerball

The Powerball jackpot snared $2 from me for my second lottery ticket ever. Reading about a billion-dollar payout was too enticing. It’s the only way I’ll be a billionaire.
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Concerns over the new ‘Stars Wars’ movie

Alex Clark, my 12-year-old lunch buddy friend and I watched "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." He said, “It was good, but it seemed like they used a lot of clips from old 'Star Wars' movies. That’s what my brother said, and he was right.”
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Why did I wait so long to see the Wenatchee Youth Circus?

In August, after living here more than 13 years, curiosity finally drew me to the Wenatchee Youth Circus, billing itself as “The Biggest Little Circus in the World.”
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Fuzzy Skies: New Year’s resolutions; a motoring question

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies County: Seabrook — an adventure in easier living

In November 2013, Karen and I drove through the Pacific beach community of Seabrook, located west of Olympia. We decided to rent a home for this year’s Thanksgiving. We loved it.
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Fuzzy Skies: Family memories and traditions

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies County: Thanksgiving Proclamation from 1789 is worth reading today

President George Washington wrote a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789 recommending “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” His words are a guide for those of us who wish to pray or give thanks in whatever reverent manner we choose for our nation this Thanksgiving.
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Fuzzy Skies: Facing a sweet dilemma

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies County: Ways we can help politicians cooperate and improve lives

The world is making startling progress to improve people’s lives. It doesn’t feel like progress when we’re finally free of the fall campaign rhetoric, only to undergo immobilizing squabbling between Democrats and Republicans.
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