Opinion

The Planning Commission (PC) is a crucial group in any town. PCs deal with codes around land use and legislative policy, as well as comprehensive and long range planning. It’s a complex and challenging mix, most effective when membership includes qualified residents who represent a broad range of...

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Shon Smith, who is running for Chelan County Commissioner, lead over Anne Hessburg after the second round of ballot counts were released Thursday, Nov. 10th. According to Chelan County auditor’s office, with 50.2% of the vote, Smith, a Republican, lead his opponent, Independent Hessberg by only 143...
Let’s get this PC thing out of the way. It’s probably not politically correct to say so but as far as this columnist can tell, the PC (aka Planning Commission), while advertising for diversity, is ideologically skewed and scoots along the edge of conflict of interest where some of the membership is...
Disclosure: I’m odd. I don’t take sides unless absolutely necessary and I have never strongly affiliated with political parties, even in today’s a politically polarized fun house. I have faith in great ideas from diverse sources, innovation, and most of all collaboration. Odder still, I am fiercely...
Time may wait for no one, but The Whistle has requested an extra two weeks on your behalf. It seems most of the community missed the October 19 deadline for comment on the MDNS (Mitigated Determination of Non Significance) for an unprecedented development in the process of being green-lighted by...
In the late 1980s, mismanagement cast Cascade Medical Center (CMC) into financial ruin. Doctors and staff left in droves. Morale and trust were decimated. A CEO was finally hired to close CMC due to insolvency and imminent bankruptcy. Instead, healthcare leaders came together to face the ugly mess...
Some days are harder than others. On the tough days, I’ve just learned that another citizen has given up trying to effect change, that they’ve relinquished the notion of trusting our city’s representative government when it comes to neighborhood and land development. They might be saddened by the...
This week’s Whistle is the first in a series about how Leavenworth, a town dependent on service workers, is constructing the future of affordable housing. Affordable housing is a challenging and personal topic, infused with ideals like alleviating racial segregation and the value of working hard to...
This week, The Whistle is tearing a page from The Sound of Music to “start at the very beginning” as we shine a spotlight on city codes. The hills (and our neighborhoods) are alive with the impacts of Leavenworth’s codes, which are basically a collection of a city’s laws, rules and regulations....
While a full version of The Whistle comes out every two weeks, this Wednesday I am making a short “whistle stop" to respond to comments and questions generated by our debut column. First, I believe it’s important to clear up a misconception. I am, indeed, in favor of affordable housing. You can...

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