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When it comes to being an elected county commissioner, protecting your rights and the interests of Lewis County is always at the forefront of my job. And when you consider that I am the elected … more
Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. Washington State Chief Historian John Hughes. James L. Rubart, a member of the Christy Award Hall of Fame. Melanie Dobson, winner of five Carol … more
House Bill 1310 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee in May.  As a side note to my discussion here, I will be the first to say that we still have a problem in our society around the stigma … more
Some advice for politicians of both parties, liberal and conservative commentators and social media posters: Before you make a comparison between something happening today and Nazi Germany, think … more
What a difference a year makes. As Washington emerges from the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges facing many employers is finding enough qualified workers. It’s a dramatic shift … more
As I drove home from work in Olympia on Wednesday, I was a little surprised to see fire crews responding to a wildfire in the brush alongside the freeway in the urban area across the interstate from … more
I imagine many among us are tired of hearing old-timers reminisce about living through the Great Depression of the 1930s. There aren’t many of us left, and we were still children when good … more
As we crowded into hotel elevators the past two weekends, my husband and I both expressed relief and gratitude for the coronavirus vaccinations that have allowed life to return to some semblance of … more
Over the last 16 months, each one of us has suffered through the endless chaos and uncertainty of COVID-19 and the seemingly endless monarchical restrictions that have affected every facet of our … more
As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to small tree farmers for help. Actually, they have been helping for nearly a century, but their efforts have largely gone unrecognized. … more
Politicians often say things they wish they hadn’t. Sometimes we’re trying to be funny and the humor falls flat. Sometimes anger or frustration gets the better of us. And sometimes, a … more
Maternal health care in the United States is frankly a disgrace, and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler deserves credit for keeping a legislative spotlight shining on the issue. According to the Maternal … more
Any positive effect of the lockdowns and mask requirements, while not zero, was primarily due to personal efforts, not government mandates. Throughout the pandemic, people made personal choices to … more
The debate over the teaching of critical race theory in our schools is raging. Some believe critical race theory is being taught and is an attempt to teach children in our public schools to hate … more
The elected board of the Chehalis School District has responded to the concerns of parents and passed a resolution banning the teaching of controversial Critical Race Theory in public school … more
As a kid growing up, it was a much simpler time.  There were only a couple channels on TV, there was no internet and I had two parents who loved me enough to smack my butt when I had it … more
In 1860, Mary Borst moved into a not-yet-completed white mansion her husband built for her on the banks of the Chehalis River in present-day Centralia.  Although the Borsts educated their … more
It's a great day in Washington. As I write this, our Seattle Mariners have a winning record and T-Mobile Stadium is now fully back open for fans as widespread vaccinations are helping us slowly … more
Washington’s long delay to reopening has seemed very arbitrary. There isn’t anything scientific about June 30 in the fight against COVID, but hitting that date on the calendar is the … more
COVID-weary Washingtonians of all backgrounds can lay aside their differences this week as our state emerges from a 15-month, multi-phase lockdown. We'll gladly mark the June 30 milestone with the … more
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