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Do you believe women pursuing a college education can impair their fertility? Today, such a notion sounds absurd, but that was a prevailing myth dispelled only after a small group of college … more
Recently, I tried to evaluate my year as president of the Centralia School Board and what I may have learned during my 81 years that would help me assist Superintendent Dr. Lisa Grant and the board … more
I don’t know anyone who would choose to live next to a big, noisy international airport, or have sexually violent predators for neighbors.  Through no fault of their own, people in the … more
I was just thinking about spring. It’s still a ways off but some signs are appearing.  Weeds are certainly poking their heads out already, primroses are appearing and, depending on the … more
The Legislature is back in session, and parents (and all who care about their community’s schools) should pay attention to how some powerful state lawmakers are pushing to roll back local … more
Nearly four decades ago, as a reporter covering Cowlitz County government for The Daily News in Longview, I spent much time reporting on Commissioner Van Youngquist’s trips to Washington, D.C., … more
This year’s legislative session is already more than two weeks along, and leading Democrats in our state have yet to publicly express any interest in solving the learning loss in our … more
One of the federal government’s primary roles as outlined in the U.S. Constitution is national security, establishing and maintaining a military, so it stands to reason our leaders would do … more
Each regular session of our state Legislature begins on the second Monday of January.  Traditionally, the Senate and the House of Representatives meet in a joint session early on, so … more
Coupled with the rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and cool the mammoth … more
Recently, I hope you enjoyed my columns sharing stories about a bookstore feline in The Chronicle.  Not sure where that idea came from? I'd like to update my readers with my true and … more
We may be 80 miles to the south, but Lewis County is part of Greater Seattle, which I learned over the weekend while attending our granddaughter Brooke’s basketball games at the NW Sports Hub … more
The new year begins during a time of uncertainty and anxiety about the state of the economy, both nationally and at the state level. Inflation has been rising at worrying rates for the last year, … more
As I write this, the U.S. House of Representatives is struggling through chaos not seen since the days of the Civil War.  Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, has lost 11 … more
You expect your money to be safe in a bank, but if the Federal Reserve gets its way, that may not be the case soon. That’s because the Fed, which has a tremendous amount of regulatory power … more
It is time to change the way things are done in our nation’s capital — the “other Washington.”  The year-end Christmas dash to pass a $1.7 trillion spending … more
Much of this column has been seen on these pages before, but I just feel that, considering the information we gained in 2022 as a result of the Jan. 6 Committee, it all needs to be said again — … more
When my adult children return home for the holidays, I drop everything to focus on spending time with them.  I remember hearing so often from older people as I raised my son and daughter that … more
On Jan. 28, a volunteer group called the “Lewis County Icicle Brigade” will be joined by friends and family at Mayfield Lake in Mossyrock for the annual Special Olympics Polar Plunge to … more
The future of Centralia is bright. To outsiders, the story of Centralia has been a sad one. A doomed coal town with high poverty, failing schools, catastrophic flooding — a script we all know. … more
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