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My name is Kyle Markstrom, and I want to take a moment to share some insights into recent developments surrounding Centralia Station, a project that holds great promise for our community.   … more
As whispers of new mandates circulate, we find ourselves reflecting on the strenuous journey we endured during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, we stand at a pivotal moment, where we have the opportunity … more
Every September for nearly three decades, 280 seniors from Jesuit High School in Portland have trekked a dozen miles along Spencer Road northeast of Toledo to celebrate Mass inside the Pacific … more
A few months ago, The Chronicle’s publisher wrote an opinion piece stating that Republicans seem to think that The Chronicle newsroom is pro-Democrat and the Democrats think the newsroom is … more
Tricia Ziese knows what it’s like to struggle as a single mother, especially when COVID-19 lockdowns added years of near-solitude to the normal difficulties a child faces in adolescence.   … more
As another election year emerges, one thing we can assume these days is that the various political perspectives are not any closer together than they ever were. As one who is often accused of … more
There is an axiom: Don’t let “the perfect” get in the way of the good. That is important to remember when it comes to improving our air quality. While climate activists want to … more
On Monday, we remembered the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, a stark reminder of the heroic deeds and sacrifices of our first responders echoes across our nation. In recent years, Lewis County, … more
They drove from Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Astoria and parts in between — and at least one rode the train — and helped fill Twin Cities hotel rooms last weekend to teach or attend the … more
A few weeks ago, I was honored to be part of Centralia’s first Founders’ Day celebration, a party in George Washington Park in celebration of its namesake donor and his partner in … more
With students returning to college campuses, it is time to consider other ways for them to pay for tuition, books and living expenses. Too often, they resort to borrowing.   Now, student … more
Editor’s note: Longtime Chronicle columnist Bill Moeller occasionally submits columns from his archives. This commentary was first published in 2014. I was just thinking how important … more
It’s amazing how much time, energy and thought goes into planning all the details for one remarkable day in the lives of our children — yes, the all-important wedding day. Thirty-two … more
This newspaper recently allowed me to share my reflections as a former House Republican leader on two lawmakers who represent the 20th Legislative District, Sen. John Braun and Rep. Peter Abbarno. In … more
Editor’s note : Longtime Chronicle columnist Bill Moeller occasionally submits columns from his archives. This commentary was first published in 2009.   I was just thinking that we … more
Inflation is cooling but gas prices are spiking. Mortgage rates rose above 7% in August for the first time in 22 years, and they might not be done going up. Fears of an imminent recession have … more
More than a month ago, when my friend Mary Garrison invited me to meet artist Pat Anderson at Owl & Olive on the way to Pe Ell, I agreed to go for two reasons — I’d never been to Owl … more
Wildfires can take lives, dramatically change the landscape and destroy everything in their path — which, naturally, includes your personal property.  What can make matters worse, … more
With the Seattle Mariners just one game out of first place in the American League west, my mind has turned to America’s pastime.   Do you love baseball? Many Americans do. In fact, … more
News of the police raid at the Marion County Record in Kansas on Aug. 11 ignited outrage across the nation. Similarly newsworthy was the announcement by the county’s top prosecutor days later … more
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