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As someone who has spent a “few” years in broadcasting, I’ve become slightly irritated by consumer abuse in advertising. What is the percentage of people who write TV ads that … 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
Last week’s vote to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from a top leadership position in the Republican Party left me wondering what happened to the party I once endorsed, the party of high moral values, the … more
May 2021 is a bit early to talk seriously of the 2022 elections, let alone those in 2024, so take the following with a grain of salt. Gov. Jay Inslee is signaling he will try to do something no … more
Unbridled by the transparency and accountability that in-person lawmaking provides, Democrats in Olympia enacted their most radical agenda ever in the recent legislative session. Among the bevy … more
“Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness...” — Knowles Shaw, 1874, “Bringing in the Sheaves”   On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that most … more
Years ago when I was executive editor of The Chronicle, we also published the monthly Senior Dynamics, which covered all the senior centers in Lewis County. From time to time, mostly when I was … more
Since this pandemic started and the government shut down many businesses, they at first seemed surprised that unemployment went up.  That only further eroded my confidence in the brain trust … more
Would you like to help me write a column? Or maybe two or more?  I’ve never made it a secret that I’ve stayed in Lewis County because it’s close enough to cities where we … more
For more than a year, we have adjusted to life with COVID-19, waiting with great anticipation for the arrival of vaccines. And now, with vaccines here and all Washingtonians 16 years or older … more
Although she didn’t want an obituary or a funeral, Helen Holloway would have enjoyed herself Friday evening when her friends gathered at the rural Chehalis home of Kevin and Debbie Schinnell to … more
The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how easy it is to take things for granted. Family barbecues, baseball games and kids going to school are just a few examples. As some of our old way of life … more
I was pleasantly surprised to pick up Thursday’s edition of The Chronicle and read that columnist John McCroskey has decided to take up writing opinion pieces once again. Then I read his … more
Last Saturday at 7 a.m., a frail tree fell on a long-gone homestead near Tumwater. This quiet collapse would have gone unheeded, but this was a famous tree that had many good friends looking after … more
After taking some time off from writing a column for The Chronicle, I was offered a chance to bring back my commentaries. After some thought, I’ve decided to do just that.  These … more
I’ve had a quotation in my file cabinet for years now, and a note I wrote on it shows that I already included it in a column once, but recent action tells me it bears repeating. “I … more
A few weeks ago, a large yellow orb appeared in the sky and gave me a terrible fright. After delving into the deepest parts of my memory and figuring out what the warm, floating matter was, I did … more
A week ago U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler added her voice in opposition to the proposal by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to acquire about 9,600 acres of … more
Last weekend marked an annual rite of spring — the day I pick up colorful bowls filled with DeGoede Bulb farm flowers sold by local high school students as a fundraiser. I had to scout … more
From the outside looking in, some might be perplexed by the vocal and consistent opposition to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s proposed acquisition of thousands of acres of … more
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