The prevailing social dogma of our time — that economic and other disparities among groups are strange, if not sinister — has set off bitter disputes between those who blame genetic differences and those who blame discrimination.
I know, I know, this is how rumors get started. So before we go any further, let's make one thing clear -- there is no movement afoot to have Clark County secede from the State of Washington. At least as far as I know.
If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. But Shkreli -- a 32-year-old hedge fund director in T-shirts, dabbler in the punk rock music world -- has saved Tinseltown the trouble.
After watching Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin working hard to look at ease in the United Nations spotlight while twirling through their dueling global gambols, a persistent question requires our attention.
Things were shaping up for Republicans in 2016 until the party decided on electoral suicide instead. First, there has been Donald Trump, with too many in the party thinking his big-bucks accumulation and vague assurances of someday knowing something qualify him to be president. And then there is John Boehner. Trump is still coming on. Boehner is leaving. The why of his decision is what's scary.
Twinkling stars are pretty but, for astronomers, problematic. Twinkles are caused by the interference of Earth's atmosphere with light radiating throughout the breathtakingly beautiful and unimaginably violent universe. In 1990, however, the Hubble telescope went into orbit 370 miles above Earth, beyond the atmospheric filter, peering perhaps 12 billion years into the past, almost to the Big Bang of 13.7 billion years ago.
Nowhere has there been so much hand-wringing over a lack of "affordable housing" as there has among politicians and others in coastal California. And nobody has done more to make housing unaffordable than those same politicians and their supporters.
Earlier this month, the Port of Vancouver USA unveiled the draft preferred concept for the Terminal 1 Waterfront Project at a televised public workshop. It was an exciting day for the port and our community.