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When Jay Inslee first ran for governor, he made a no-new-taxes promise. We know how that turned out. The many tax bills Inslee has supported and signed have taken billions of dollars from … more
Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does a “Census of Agriculture” to look at agriculture in the United States. They gather a lot of statistics from … more
Just a few days ago, I received a text message from what appeared to be a legit government agency representative from the Washington State Department of Transportation’s “good to … more
Washington faces significant social and economic risks if anti-forestry groups succeed in persuading the Board of Natural Resources and candidates for commissioner of public lands to close an … more
When my husband and I married 33 years ago, we knew we’d celebrate the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving near Bellingham with his family because those were the holidays he had his two children … more
A 1789 letter from Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, a Welsh minister who had been very supportive of the American revolution, included this line: "Whenever the people are well informed, they … more
OK, folks. Summer is underway, the heat is on, and if you’re looking to get outside and have a good time, Southwest Washington has plenty of great places to enjoy our little slice of … more
It’s a tradition for the Association of Washington Business (AWB) to visit the local Costco during our international trade missions. AWB's trade mission to Canada in June was no different. Our … more
First off, I will note I am not writing this for political reasons or to comment on the current crisis in the Middle East. I try to watch or read content about people I know but haven't learned … more
John and Angeline Rayton, early Lewis County pioneers, left a legacy in the Chehalis Valley among the descendants of their 11 children. In previous columns, I’ve written about their older … more
At its recent state convention, the slate of resolutions adopted by the Washington State Democratic Party included one resolution about abortion, one about mental health, and one about homelessness. … more
The recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on City of Grants Pass v. Johnson marks a pivotal moment in our ongoing efforts to balance compassion, public safety and accountability in addressing … more
It is the time of year to fly our American flags proudly. It began in May with Memorial Day, followed by Flag Day earlier this month, and will end with the “grand finale” on July 4. … more
Washington voters will be asked this fall how much salmon recovery is worth. How committed are they to supporting programs that reduce carbon pollution and help communities withstand the impacts … more
The fourth of 11 children in the Rayton family married the fourth of 11 children in the Black family, and together they had four children (not 11). Leonard Rayton, who was born Sept. 19, 1882, … more
My daughter and I are traveling this week and I'm sending this column from the road. It's been so sweet to spend solo time with one of my children, especially knowing that my wife is home having a … more
At about this time in 2022, Gov. Jay Inslee boldly claimed our state’s new cap-and-tax law would “have a minimal impact, if any…pennies” when it came to the cost of gasoline … more
After recently highlighting the Boistfort School lunch program , I recently made a second school visit, this time to the Mossyrock School District. I spent some time with Kim Chambers, their … more
John and Angeline Rayton raised a family of 11 children, and their descendants still populate Lewis County today. The Rayton family history has been preserved in a history book compiled by June … more
In recent weeks, I have received alarming reports from two residents of Lewis County who, in moments of critical need, called 911 only to be routed to voicemail. Imagine facing a … more
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