Commentary: The abuse of political rhetoric is more disastrous than abuse of presidential power

By Jim Russell Empire Press Correspondent People are angry at the political rhetoric abusing us via our newsprint and electronic media. After looking in frustration at the issue of Obama exceeding his constitutional authority, I was stunned at how confusing and wasteful that discussion is. Obama provoked it by misstating his intentions and acting impatiently. Republicans attacked him with...
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Commentary: Let’s help our presidential candidates achieve their promises

Unpaid volunteers from Wenatchee representing the international nonprofit bipartisan organization One (one.org) are traveling to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress to eliminate extreme poverty by 2030.
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Commentary: We should listen to claims for slavery reparations

As he's done for years, U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., has introduced H.R. 40 calling for a Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans. The bill says, “sufficient inquiry has not been made into the effects of the institution of slavery on living African-Americans and society in the United States.”
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Commentary: Tax incentives to attract data centers in Quincy have paid off

Ron Cridlebaugh, economic development manager for the Port of Douglas County, has heard the criticisms that new businesses like data centers would hog electrical power and wouldn’t generate many jobs. Data centers are warehouse-size buildings with masses of computers routing Internet traffic and storing data for cloud computing.
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Op-ed: Why are the homeless less visible in East Wenatchee? It’s a good thing, really

The annual Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count for North Central Washington was held Jan. 28.
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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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