Clear Skies County: We can all help eliminate the female ‘confidence gap’

Claire Shipman, a reporter for ABC News, and Katty Kay, anchor for BBC World News America, wondered why American men around them were promoted faster and paid more. They wrote about their conclusions in the book “The Confidence Code” and in The Atlantic Monthly. They minimize the popularly blamed maternal instincts, institutional and cultural barriers and emphasize “women’s astute lack of confidence.”
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Clear Skies County: The glorious and laudable language of the Declaration of Independence

Re-reading the Declaration of Independence is like a glorious sunrise shining new light on the resolve, rectitude and humility of the signers, even 238 years later.
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Fuzzy Skies: Supporting cherries; what would our founders think?

Jim Russell shares some humorous thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies County: Wars and more wars are not working

I read we must send our troops and weapons to Egypt, Syria, Libya, Ukraine, Africa and now back into Iraq. If we don’t we’re too weak, our national security is threatened, our allies will lose confidence, U.S. contractors and citizens are at risk and our oil supplies cut off.
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Fuzzy Skies: Soccer: actors or athletes?; Virginia sinking

Jim Russell shares some humorous thoughts in this column.
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Fuzzy Skies: Legislature in contempt?; Justice prevails

Jim Russell shares humorous thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies: Conversations to have before ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’

Deeper conversations about dying are underway for Karen and me since we read “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death” by Katy Butler. It’s the story of a prize-winning journalist caring for her parents as they fought to die according to their wishes. The searing experience convinced Butler that loved ones need to have early conversations about their final wishes to reverse the difficult deaths people frequently experience.
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Clear Skies County: Expanding medical care is proving profitable… and moral

Hospitals nationwide, including those in Wenatchee, Seattle, Denver, Arkansas and Kentucky, are gaining income because they’re serving more insured patients under the affordable care act. Douglas, Chelan and Okanogan counties are serving 12,000 new enrollees in Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange, according to Patrick Jones, from the Chelan-Douglas Trends data source.
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Fuzzy Skies: Executive pay and a sore loser

Jim Russell shares humorous thoughts in this occasional column.
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Clear Skies: Believe immigration reform is possible this summer

People are insisting immigration reform is possible this year, but how can that be? Earlier this year I heard Congressman Dave Reichert hopelessly say it looks dead because it’s an election year. It disgusted me to hear the Republican-controlled House cannot pass immigration reform that Speaker John Boehner wants to pass.
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