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Let's talk about parking
Here at City Hall, one of our most active and valuable committees is the Residential Advisory Committee. We call it the RAC. This group is made up of three City Council members, the Mayor and City Administrator and several civic minded local residents. The simple purpose of the committee is to improve communication between our residents and the City Council. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month and share ideas about making Leavenworth work better and be more "resident responsive". Some of the projects we've discussed have to do with the pool, parks, our streets and intersections, safety for our families and kids and generally how to improve the quality of life for all of our citizens.
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Letters to the Editor
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Racism alive and festering across America
Presumption of innocence is not a right specifically enumerated in our Constitution. It is in fact a recognized right in common law that precedes our Constitution's bill of rights and can be found in human legal jurisprudence all the way back to the Roman Empire. In other words, is has long been recognized as a fundamental principle of fairness in most civilized societies. So why are we still arguing about it today?
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Letters to the Editor
Thursday, August 21, 2014 More...
Meeting the needs in our fire ravaged home
This is a brief In Touch to update you about a few of the efforts to assist the many people affected by the record wildfires in our area.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 More...
Meeting the needs in our fire ravaged home
This is a brief In Touch to update you about a few of the efforts to assist the many people affected by the record wildfires in our area.
Thursday, August 21, 2014 More...
Free is a four letter word
There is a deeply corrosive concept stirring in America today. It's a concept that eats at the very fabric of our economic and social system. That is that anything and everything I want should somehow be free.

There is nothing that is really free. In fact, even the air we breath comes at some cost. That cost may be hidden in the sense that we don't personally have to pay money to breath it. But if we want it to be clean then we must find a way to keep everyone from filling the air we share with harmful substances. So we regulate emissions of all types. We can argue about how effective those regulations are another day, but the reality is there is a cost to all of us for keeping the air clean.

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Letters to the Editor
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Is this a bubble?
As someone who frequents all kinds of financial media all the time, I see my share of financial headlines. My official, highly unscientific research study unequivocally supports the following conclusion: We've never had more headlines screaming about a stock market bubble. If those headlines are correct, and this really is a bubble about to catastrophically burst, it's not like any other bubble we've seen. Almost by definition, when the headlines are screaming BUBBLE, and everyone agrees - it's not a bubble.
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A shameless plug - exciting new look coming your way
I had a meeting with a young woman this week and was reminded how poorly we in the newspaper industry promote our own business. We seem to get caught up in believing that everybody knows the importance of our products and services. But with our rapidly changing media world it is just no longer true. Everyday our customers are met with messages from our competitors about how "print is dead" and how everything you need to know can be found on your smart phone, Facebook or Twitter connection.
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Letters to the Editor
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Ahh ... Okanogan County
Ahh ... Okanogan County, so dry the salt always shakes, the sugar always pours, nothing rusts and nothing rots. 

And the place burns like Hades all summer.

This year the Beast is hungry. Ahh ... Okanogan County.

Last week, my best friend drove me to Moses Lake to get a spinal shot to relieve pain from a sciatica operation that hasn't gone well. We drove through road blinding wildfire smoke, an ash/wind storm towering 2000 feet high, and later a heavy rain storm with 50 mph winds. In one 240 mile round trip. Ahh ... Okanogan County.

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Time to abolish the IRS
There is more than a "smidgen of evidence" of abuse of power at the IRS. And the stonewalling and arrogance of those being questioned should cause us all to take pause. This is clearly an agency that has out lived its usefulness.

According to The Motley Fool, the tax code is now more than 3.7 million words or the equivalent to 58 novels of average length. In 2012 the IRS processed 237 million tax filings and if you go to the IRS web site it seems there is a form for everyone. There are 1977 different tax forms you can download from that site. The code is so complex that even if the IRS gives you advice about a tax issue you cannot rely on that advice to exempt you from penalties if they later decide their interpretation was wrong.

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Letters to the Editor
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EPA's carbon pollution rules
Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?

It's ludicrous to pretend that climate change isn't happening, or that it won't affect every industry. It's beyond comprehension that large business advocacy organizations, including the US Chamber of Commerce, think that our government should stand by and do nothing, while climate-related disasters in 2012 caused more than $139 billion in damages, while U.S. taxpayers shelled out $96 billion in climate-related damages in 2012 alone.

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Disaster Assistance and Eastern Washington Wildfires
Assistance provided to date

A proclamation of emergency for the 20 Eastern Washington Counties by Gov. Jay Inslee on July 15 ordered state agencies to assist affected communities and for that assistance to be coordinated through the State Emergency Operations Center. Assistance provided to date includes Washington National Guard helicopters for dropping water and ground troops to assist with fire-fighting and other activities to support affected communities. And acquisition of food, water, supplies, and equipment such as emergency power generators.

At the request of Gov. Inslee, President Obama on July 23 granted an emergency proclamation that provides direct federal assistance to help with emergency power generation for critical facilities. The federal government will pay up to 75 percent for eligible costs. This proclamation is limited in nature, and does not provide for assistance to people whose homes have burned, or for permanent repairs to damaged public infrastructure, for example.

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