Back to The Power to Harm

Posted: November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

It was sometime in 1992 or 1993 that an article in a national news magazine caught my eye. I could not believe the couple of paragraphs devoted to a scandal that started in Wenatchee, Washington. You can read the whole sordid story in Wikipedia if you google “Wenatchee the power to harm”.

So why, via my thoughts, do revisit this 21 years later? An article detailing incompetence and mischief in Wenatchee, on page A12 of today’s (Wednesday, November 6, 2013) by Bloomberg news reporter Brian Chappatta brought memories of horror at the gross injustices perpetrated on citizens of Wenatchee. Only when a local woman suspected there was something really wrong going on and mortgaged her home to engage a Seattle lawyer to take the case of a Wenatchee reverend and his wife. As I observe apparent gaps in the legal system over the years I am reminded of this and, up to now, googling “the power to harm” simply doesn’t get you where you want to go. So, the phrase I invoked get me there and opened a really better source than the original Seattle PI series on the subject.

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