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So, the capital-gains tax rushed into law this spring is facing a second day in court. No surprise. Perhaps that's to be expected when Democratic lawmakers jam a new tax into the code, on largely … more
China’s growing dominance of critical metals production and its vast stockpiles is setting off global alarms as economies emerge from the punishing COVID-19 pandemic. It is not only fear of the … more
Today marks the grand opening of a new 3,000-square-foot Timberland Regional Library branch at the Capital Mall in West Olympia. It’s exciting for Thurston County residents to have another … more
When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of … more
There’s a disappointed saying you hear sometimes, when a simple bit of the good life is knocked askew by careless or malicious people: “This is why we can’t have nice … more
It feels like the pandemic is in the rear view mirror as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently ruled that for those that have been vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a face … more
I want to update you on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Thurston County. There has been a lot of new guidance recently regarding masking after vaccination. Masking is one of the easiest things … more
Many years ago, I was asked to sit on a sheriff’s committee on what was then called racial profiling by the police. The suggestion at the time in these early discussions was some police were … more
In the past dozen or so years, I’ve based more than a few columns on things, places or people that I dislike, so I think it’s time to focus on some of the more pleasant parts about life … more
We support the proposal by the Chehalis School Board asking voters in the school district to widen the pool for qualified board members to serve. Today, the Chehalis School District is divided … more
My husband and I recently drove the six-plus hours east to Pullman to celebrate our daughter’s 20th birthday party at her Washington State University apartment. What a treat to spend three … more
In May of every year, we acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, awareness means “the quality or state of being aware, knowledge and … more
Tensions between Israel and Palestine have reached a boiling point in recent weeks, causing hundreds of citizen deaths. Palestine’s high poverty rate is only continuing to climb as the violence … more
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, warrants praise for standing on the side of truth in the wake of a Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. While some members of her party have tried … more
On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed two major carbon-reduction bills in a giddy bill-signing ceremony at Shoreline Community College. One creates a carefully constructed cap-and-trade system and the … more
To know where we are going, we must know how we got here. Many were surprised by the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling in Blake; however, Washington state was the last state with a strict … more
A giant fell this week in Lewis County when Michael Roewe died.  The man had an imposing voice and bearing, but if you could stop shaking long enough in Judge Roewe’s presence, you … more
When the phone rings and it’s Michael Dolan, nurseryman extraordinaire and owner of Burnt Ridge Nursery, I know it’s going to be an enjoyable conversation. Michael called me recently … more
A few weeks ago I wrote a column titled “TransAlta Reneging on Promise of Using Mine Land for Economic Development.” I detailed decades of TransAlta promises to give land from its … more
With long-sought climate change bills finally on Gov. Jay Inslee's desk, he whipped out his veto pen Monday and deleted provisions essential to legislative approval. The action trashed a sensible … more
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