In Winthrop, the pandemic has been good for business. Yet some town merchants say they and the town were woefully unprepared to handle the size and behavior of the crowds. Winthrop’s joined the big leagues, becoming yet another tourist town struggling to keep tourism from shredding the cultural fabric and degrading the livability of the […]
Hello? Canceling Liz Cheney
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney is living proof that even stopped clocks are right twice a day. Though she’s in error about many things, about Donald Trump’s danger to democracy Cheney actually is correct 24 hours a day. Give her the thanks she deserves. Cheney’s the only Republican leader — now fired — in Congress with […]
Hello? A billionaire’s blueprint for saving the planet
Bill Gates knows a lot. But he doesn’t know how thankful he should be for my quick reflexes. One evening in the mid-1990s, driving to a lecture in downtown Seattle, I spotted Bill and Melinda Gates headed for the same venue, arms entwined, deep in conversation. How remarkable and wonderful, I thought, that the world’s […]
Hello? Will the state give corporations control of its water?
If you lived in Twisp after the town lost its water rights, irrigated spawning salmon in your farm fields or waited in vain for water to appear at the empty end of the Methow Valley Irrigation District’s ditch, you understand water trouble. Or you may recall the bitter 25-year battle, fought to the U.S. Supreme […]
The Senate sends an SOS On Feb. 13, the United States Senate telegraphed an SOS that warned of clear and present danger. Asked to convict a former Republican president of fomenting violent insurrection against the government after he lost an election, most Republican senators refused. Instead, they clung to him like barnacles on a sinking […]
E pluribus unum?
It’s stamped on our coins and paper currency, passports and treaties. It adorns our official national emblem, the Great Seal of the United States: E pluribus unum; “Out of many, one.” Since 1782, it’s been the traditional motto of the United States of America. It’s come to symbolize not only the 13 colonies that dared […]
Are we a Christian nation?
Sometimes, the United States is alluded to as a “Christian nation.” Christianity encourages us to be kind and to consider the needs of the poor, sick and less fortunate to be as important as our own. This is a universally applauded code of behavior. Yet it’s Christians particularly, who, for two millennia, have run with […]
Give thanks for Donald Trump
Well, then, people. We’ve given ourselves quite a little scare these last four years, haven’t we? This week we’re in the business of being thankful. And this year — despite a horrific, tragically preventable COVID-19 toll — we have more to be thankful for than we, as citizens of the world’s pre-eminent democracy, ever expected. First, we owe heartfelt […]
What would Jesus do?
France’s most notorious female con artist, Marthe Hanau, was imprisoned in the 1930s for defrauding naïve French investors of so much money that financial markets, and the government, collapsed. Madame Hanau, who bribed government officials, was a high-wattage charlatan. She was so skilled at deceiving gullible investors, the New Yorker magazine’s Paris correspondent, Janet Flanner, […]
We have passed the point of no return in altering the climate, achieving an unprecedented milestone in human history on Earth. We’ve succeeded — as long predicted — in sending enough greenhouse emissions aloft that ever more-extreme wildfires, floods, hurricanes, droughts and rising seas are “now irretrievably baked in,” a group of climate scientists told the New York Times […]