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A bill scheduled for a public hearing this week (HB 1727) would ban citizen ballot measures in odd years, but still allow local governments to call special elections to increase taxes. A similar bill … more
A century ago, on Jan. 11, 1922, Axel and Johanna Pettersson welcomed a baby girl into their home along the Baltic Sea on the southeast coast of Sweden, the fourth of what would grow to be a family … more
“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo   Driving around as our communities dry out from the flood, I’ve noticed that more homes than … more
“Centralia Man Accused of Attacking Grocery Store Employees with Knife” “Suspects Sought in Centralia ATM Explosion” “Man Killed in Chehalis Stabbing; 12-Year-Old … more
I recently finished writing a column for this space, but when I had a good night’s sleep to think about it, I decided to just stash it away in my old World War II vintage Army file cabinet and … more
On the news yesterday, I listened to a story about a Seattle police dog who was fatally stabbed by a robbery suspect. An officer on scene was also injured. If you are a dog lover like me, and you too … more
As rain pelted the roof Thursday night, I surfed the Internet for news about road closures due to flooding. Despite closure of the Rush Road interchange at Exit 72, I read assurances that closure of … more
Thankful is one of the first words to come out of my mouth while discussing the January 2022 flood. Thankful the flooding was not worse. Thankful to the countless volunteers and state, county and … more
The first order of business as Washington’s Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state’s new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who … more
House Speaker Laurie Jinkins made an interesting comment recently about emergency powers during the Seattle CityClub legislative preview.  When asked about emergency powers reform, the … more
First, a disclaimer: If you love going to the gym and it keeps you in shape, that’s great. Keep doing that. This column isn’t for you. Go read a listicle about the best protein powders … more
Have you ever seen, heard or watched something that you’re sure will either bore you to death or maybe even test your ability to hold back your last meal only to find that it’s nothing … more
Sometimes you read something that sounds so silly, you’re certain it’s a hoax.  In this case, I received an email from someone I trust, but even then, in the back of my mind I … more
My education at the University of Washington proved as much of a learning experience outside the classroom as inside. During my first year, a conservative Catholic from Vancouver, I met my zany … more
After two years of COVID-19, many Washington families and small businesses could use a break. Fortunately, the Washington Legislature has the means to help. State lawmakers have more than $8.6 … more
Washington state’s two-year colleges consistently rank as some of the best in the country for graduation rates, student success and affordability. Centralia College is certainly proud of … more
Catalytic converter theft is a statewide problem that deserves a statewide solution. A bill drafted by Sen. Jeff Wilson-R, Longview, for the upcoming legislative session in January is a good … more
Happy eighth day of Christmas! I know we’re all turning our thoughts to the new year, to heading back to work or school, to the business and busyness of 2022.   And so I’d … more
Washington consistently ranks as one of the most highly educated places in the country, but what those Top 10 lists commonly obscure is that the state imports a lot of that talent while failing to … more
When Toyota speaks, car buyers listen. Hopefully, our elected officials will as well.   It is one of the world’s two largest auto and truck manufacturers — twice the size of GM, … more
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