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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Dan Chasan

A New Year’s Poem for 2020: It Could Be Verse.

Good riddance to 2019 and the fall of the MAX. With hopes for 2020, and electing leaders with a clue.

Another Study, Another Impasse on Breaching the Snake River Dams

There’s no way to cast the recent report as substantive progress. Or to see it as evidence of Jay Inslee's gubernatorial leadership.

Circle Of Life: Climate Change And Its Impacts On Northwest Animals

Forecasts for the Columbia Basin aren’t encouraging. Over the coming century, “a lot of the lower Columbia will become unsuitable” for salmon, one expert says.

A Law Against Fake News? Not So Fast.

The court's logic was simple: If the government is going to forbid or penalize false statements, it has to establish what's true. Do we want government deciding what political statements are true and false?

To Save the Orcas, We Need to Stop Eating Their Lunch

If we stopped catching wild fish in the ocean and kept hatchery salmon off their spawning grounds in the rivers, we might wind up pretty quickly with as many fish as we have now.

Old Bones And Natural Wonders: Inside The New Burke Museum

The new Burke Museum opens up virtually all its work spaces to public view. A curator says that at first, some staff members were skeptical, but by now, everyone seems all in.

Does Warren’s Plan for Native Americans Add Up?

Maybe the tribes could be part of her broader approach to the problems of rural America.

At Last, A Solution For Hanford’s Nuclear Waste: Reclassify It?

No one really expects Congress to appropriate two-thirds of a trillion dollars for Hanford cleanup, not even spread over 75 years. Set the barrier high enough, and of course the government has to come up with Plan B. Cue the effort to reclassify waste.

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You’re Served: Standing Up To Sheriff Jimmy Clark In The 1964 Deep South

Dispatched to Selma with a summons and complaint, I was instructed to con my way into Clark’s office and serve him with the papers.

Review: “Evgenyi Onegin” – Pain! Passion! Poetry! (hold the irony . . .)

I suddenly realized how lucky we are to have it at all. If the poet who created the story and the composer who set it to music 40 years later had ever actually met, they would probably have disliked each other enough to make collaboration impossible.

Advice to Democrats: Vive Les Cafes!

France is working on a rural agenda, and Democrats in America could borrow some of the ideas for reviving cafes and hang-out places.

All Jumbled Up: The Shifting Politics Of Trade In The China And NAFTA 2.0 Deals

While both Trump and Democrats have been politicizing the trade issue, the President not bashing China and Democrats voting in favor of his USMCA are encouraging. I sense a growing realization that trade wars are not good for the economy.

Two Jeers for ‘The Two Popes’

As history, the Netflix film 'The Two Popes' is baloney on steroids. It’s also brilliantly acted, sometimes amusing, and occasionally moving.