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Lewis County lost a stalwart supporter of the community Thursday afternoon when Edward Lawrence Fund passed on to his heavenly reward just a month shy of his 93rd birthday. I met Ed nearly two … more
Some friendships span generations. In tight-knit Lewis County, we’re blessed to find these more frequently.   They are a privilege. I get to enjoy them because my grandparents, … more
The no-new-taxes operating-budget proposal introduced in the Senate this session is a welcome turnaround. To be clear, there is no more need for new taxes this year than there was in either 2019 … more
In 2009, I was hired as an engineer in the Lewis County Public Works Department. The Great Recession was in full swing, the housing bubble had burst and communities here had, in the span of less than … more
Do you like the show “Yellowstone” or its spinoffs, “1883” and “1923?”  If you have not seen them, you should give them a try. Western TV shows and movies … more
Earlier this month, when President Joe Biden fastened the Congressional Medal of Honor around retired U.S. Army Col. Paris Davis’ neck, it was a welcome pause to the endless venomous rhetoric, … more
Last week's column was written and ready for submission to The Chronicle for printing when a newspaper with a little more "clout" did a feature on jazz in the Seattle area.  But my column … more
Last year, Lewis County threw away 101,060 tons of garbage — the equivalent of more than 200 Boeing 747s, according to Melanie Case, the county’s solid waste recycling program coordinator … more
The Chronicle Editorial Board, consisting of diverse individuals, including fiscal conservatives, business owners and one senior, stands behind our belief that higher property taxes and … more
After trying for more than a dozen years to impose a carbon tax in our state, legislative Democrats succeeded in 2021. That’s the now-infamous session which also gave our state a new income … more
When the state Legislature made the largely thoughtless and knee-jerk changes in law regarding the way we police in our state, there were many voices who said many of the new changes were poorly … more
  China is one of our state's largest trading partners. In 2021, for example, it accounted for nearly 23% of the goods exported from Washington, worth approximately $12.1 billion. At the same … more
I've been surrounded by music from the womb on. My mother had a beautiful singing voice and my dad had taught himself to play enough different instruments to fill this page. OK, so that's an … more
Earlier this month when President Joe Biden fastened the Congressional Medal of Honor around retired U.S. Army Col. Paris Davis’ neck, it was a welcome pause to the endless venomous rhetoric, … more
When workers in the Woodland School District showed up early on the morning of Jan. 23, they heard power saws in the bus parking lot. The thieves heard them coming and scattered, dropping their tools … more
I’m going to start this “turn off your phones” column with a call to first spend 80 minutes watching your screen. A movie called “Childhood 2.0,” which our friends at the Chehalis Parent-Teacher Organization showed last week to community members, is definitely worth your time. The whole film can be watched, free and without commercials, on YouTube at www.bit.ly/Childhood2point0. The movie, about changes to the carefree childhood days of yore, is sobering but ultimately enlightening and positive as it suggests ways to stay engaged in our children’s real and digital lives. more
As a teenager, Ada van Esso survived two years in Auschwitz-Birkenau, a Nazi death camp in Poland, and weighed only 60 pounds when she left Ravensbrück concentration camp for Sweden. Hans van … more
“It’s much more agreeable to offend and later ask for forgiveness than to be offended and grant forgiveness,” Friedrich Nietzsche once said.   I would agree, … more
As cities and towns across the country continue to grapple with the issue of homelessness, excuses for why our public spaces are overrun with those in need seem to abound. But it's time to move … more
While the people were barred from the state Capitol during the 2021 legislative session by the pandemic and a tall metal fence, majority Democrats made several policy decisions that have caused great … more
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