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This week's rebuke of Gov. Jay Inslee by the state Supreme Court is not a matter of politics. It is an important example of the checks and balances that allow the American system of government to … more
It's a tough week for the WA Cares Fund, the state’s stab at a socialized long-term-care program. Yesterday, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the law that created the mandatory program … more
At the Association of Washington Business (AWB) forum last week, the discussion was focused on the recent Federal government mandate for businesses with 100 employees or more to require employees to … more
I recently read a book called “Humankind: A Hopeful History,” and one chapter in particular caught my attention and imagination. It was about the ordinarily uninspiring topic of budgeting, … more
My grandma on my mother’s side had a favorite saying: “what cannot be cured must be endured.” As a child, I never really liked it when she would tell me that because it usually meant I … more
Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or a … more
Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or a … more
Douglas fir and cedar trees tower over visitors to the Cowlitz Ridge Tree Farm, a sustainable family forest near Toledo managed by the Stinson family for five decades. Once felled, those trees float … more
For years, Washington state masked its high business and regulatory costs with low priced, reliable electricity — lots of it. However, Tennessee packages low cost, reliable electricity along … more
I saw a great headline this week: “New Zealand held a contest for Bird of the Year. The birds lost.” The story was accompanied by a picture of a bat. To be precise, it was the New … more
More than a year-and-a-half into the pandemic, it’s clear that Washington manufacturers are contending with two issues that appear likely to remain with us for some time: supply chain … more
Lewis County is a remarkable place. Maybe it’s our rural roots or our past experiences rallying together to overcome catastrophe; but people here know how to come together and support one … more
The election Tuesday and the slate of candidates who put themselves out there for consideration is a good sign for our future, especially when it’s qualified people with good will and not an … more
My husband and I enjoyed seeing Halloween-decorated classic cars, creative costumes and cute little kids collecting candy Saturday afternoon as we joined a throng of thousands of people at Veterans … more
The Lewis County Commission and Gov. Jay Inslee have big decisions to make as they look at how to fill two key empty positions, one for our county and one for our state. Fortunately, there are two … more
The tragic passing of Lewis County Commissioner Gary Stamper triggered the application of an article in the Washington state constitution that spells out the process a county must follow to replace … more
One thing that has interested me in the 60 years or so since I moved into Lewis County is the number of small communities that thrived for a while and then disappeared, many — if not most … more
Of all the answers to questions posed by The Chronicle Editorial Board during a series of local election debates, none were more puzzling than one offered by Port of Centralia Commission challenger … more
Pursuing public office requires courage. It means your private life is in many cases no longer private, that your past mistakes could be used against you and that those brave enough to put their … more
Under a hot summer sun in August, my stepdaughter and I discussed which dates would work best for us to watch a Washington State University Cougar home football game. My daughter plays clarinet in … more
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