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Type “Morton” and “Wikipedia” into the search bar, and you’ll see Morton Salt, Morton, Illinois, and a steakhouse before you find the hometown of Grammy award-winner … more
For generations, our region's trucking industry has been a driving force behind our economy, connecting businesses and communities along the Interstate 5 stem by ensuring the reliable delivery of … more
Our state Legislature is on a path to make history by enacting three of the six initiatives submitted by Washington voters. While that is a win for the people of our state, we can and should do … more
As a community, we stand at a critical juncture where the very essence of womanhood is being undermined and distorted under the guise of inclusivity. Recently, our local community college … more
In Lewis County, millennials and Generation Z youngsters make up only 35% of the population, whereas the Greatest Generation, Silent Majority, Baby Boomers plus Generation X make up the majority, … more
In Washington this year, we hope to again escape the historic droughts plaguing other parts of the world. The Columbia River water system flowed at normal levels in recent years, which is good for … more
I don’t recall where I read this, but a man was speaking to a crowd and said this: A bear hunter wanted a fur coat. He was hunting for a bear, and he located one. He aimed at the bear and, at … more
When seventh- and eighth-grade boys showed up at Toledo Middle School for their first weight-lifting class last fall, they looked askance at their teacher — a woman. Little did they know … more
Even in a one-party Legislature, our voices have power — when we use them.  Last week, during a brief public hearing on a bill that would mandate LGBTQ history and … more
I don’t know which is worse: How the Legislature’s Democratic leaders are disrespecting the 800,000-plus Washingtonians who signed petitions in support of the six voter initiatives before … more
The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a … more
Who doesn’t like a love story? Lasting love is more difficult to achieve, but certainly not impossible. We just celebrated Valentine's Day, which got me thinking of my mom and dad. My … more
In 2017, I wrote a column titled “America needs more welders and fewer philosophers.” It was a slogan Florida Sen. Marco Rubio used in his 2016 presidential campaign to call attention to … more
A recent statement by the Senate Majority Leader asserts that passage of Initiative 2109, an initiative from the people to the Legislature to repeal the capital gains income tax, would “result … more
Democrats are telling us Initiative 2109 will blow a $5.6 billion hole in the state budget. That’s the initiative to repeal the state’s new income tax on capital gains. They say it … more
Every year during the first half of the 20th century, Upper Cowlitz native Mary Kiona and her friends set up camp for a week or so across Spencer Road from Frank and Maria “Mary” … more
A decade ago, I had the chance to hear from a National Geographic explorer who had searched the world for the secrets of people who live long, healthy lives.  What he discovered was the … more
The Democrats who currently control the Legislature should uphold our state constitution by giving proper attention to Initiative 2109, which would repeal Washington’s capital gains tax. It is … more
This past week, I had an opportunity to spend a little time with Dave Rutherford, who is the Napavine School District career and technical education (CTE) director. Rutherford took time out of … more
Although the Washington state Republican Party has officially endorsed Joe Kent in the race for Third Congressional District, lifelong Republican Leslie Lewallen said she’s a better choice if … more
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