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Editor’s Note: This is the final installment of a series of columns focused on Don Buswell and his family’s history. Find previous installments at   After the … more
Starting in September, students will be released 90 minutes early from the public schools in Chehalis every Wednesday so teachers have new dedicated collaboration time.   This will match an … more
Are you surprised that my recent birthday celebration brought to mind some of the places,   events and other features that no longer exist in the area? On top of that, in writing last week's … more
Although New Zealand and Washington are located a half a world apart, they have lots in common — beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes and vibrant salmon and … more
In the spring of 1940, a year after Don Buswell graduated, the old wooden Toledo High School building on the hill burned down, and not long after a principal had been fired, perhaps for fooling … more
At the heart of any good criminal justice policy involving substance abuse and addiction should be accountability and compassion. Although this policy will evolve and improve over time, I believe the … more
Last year, our Democratic colleagues felt compelled to brag that the Legislature had adjourned on schedule five sessions in a row, with no need to go into overtime. It was presumably an attempt to … more
My routine procedure on a Thursday afternoon is generally along the lines of, first, making sure   that The Chronicle has been delivered into my rural mailbox and then — after settling … more
Don Buswell, a centenarian from Toledo, years ago visited the East Coast Civil War battlefields and stood in awe at one near Richmond, Virginia, where his grandfather Brigham Buswell was shot in the … more
As if America’s plague of school shootings wasn’t terrible enough, the destroyers of public safety and security are now adding insult to injury.  Modern technology and lax … more
I recall the debate in the 1980s and 90s concerning robots taking over our lives and the world.   Movies like “Terminator” and “The Matrix” didn’t help much. … more
When I talk to constituents in the 20th Legislative District about issues affecting our communities and state, many have expressed to me a deep distrust in our governing institutions.   … more
Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington.   Throughout our state, fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields bloom and colorful lentils carpeted the … more
We seem to be smugly sitting back and thinking that we're still the leaders of the world in all things.   Let's take a few minutes to see if that works out to be true.   First, we … more
Brigham Buswell, the grandfather of 100-year-old Toledo resident Don Buswell, wrote about fighting in the Civil War and his incarceration at a hospital for wounded prisoners of war. On July 1, … more
Growing up, I loved the sound of my grandpa’s mantel clock.   It was an old Howard Miller pendulum wind-up clock. The clock key was for both the time and chimes. I can still remember … more
When the citizens of Lewis County chose me as their sheriff, they entrusted me with the responsibility to keep our communities safe. As part of that mission, I have worked with my team at the Lewis … more
For some seven months or so, there have been reports chronicling the tragic death of Aron Christensen and his dog Buzzo near Walupt Lake. It’s a very sad situation and while we think we know … more
Depending on how you measure success, the recently concluded Washington legislative session was either really great, not as terrible as normal or a frustrating combination of progress and setbacks … more
Whether you are reading this on Thursday, May 4, in the newspaper or viewing it online, you may not be aware that tomorrow — Friday — is a momentous day in the life of this struggling … more
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