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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Fuzzy Skies: Honoring people and experience

Over 325 guests attending Central Washington Hospital Foundation’s Spirit of A.Z. Wells Gala Nov. 14 honored East Wenatchee’s Rudi Pauly for “her consistent commitment to our community over the past 60 years.”
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Fuzzy Skies: Gentle shifts in busy schedules

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies County: Let’s find a way to make firework displays better, safer

The progressive leadership in the City of East Wenatchee has the ability to create events and the courage to pursue them. They have created the Wings & Wheels Festival, Thunder Swamp, the Classy Chassis parade and branded the city with the historic, nonstop trans-Pacific flight of the Miss Veedol.
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Fuzzy Skies: Review of enlightening health information

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies: How a charity avoided toxicity and stopped an Ebola outbreak

Toxic charity devastates well-intentioned donations by creating dependencies, without investing people with skills and attitudes for progress. The Robert Lupton book “Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help (and How to Reverse It)” was highly recommended to me. The book cover said Lupton, “has been at the forefront of urban ministry” in Atlanta churches and in community development for 40 years.
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Fuzzy Skies: The self-importance of my dog

Jim Russell shares some light-hearted thoughts in this column.
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Clear Skies County: Regulate the energy trading of Koch Industries

Charles Koch, CEO of the private firm Koch Industries, and his twin brother David are known for donating millions of dollars to political organizations that support Republican and Tea Party politicians and dispute man-made causes of climate change.
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