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Law enforcement personnel across Southwest Washington inform me that a combination of federal and state policies have triggered crime to increase dramatically and pose a threat to our families and … more
The COVID-19 pandemic is a creation of the media. COVID-19 was created in a lab. Vaccines don’t work. Masks don’t work. They died of comorbidities, not COVID-19. Hospitals earn kickbacks … more
I usually keep my byline to the news section of The Chronicle, but I asked Editor Eric Schwartz permission to make a brief foray into the opinion page for suicide awareness month so I could share my … more
This week, God willing, I will have the great honor of turning 45 years old. It’s an odd number but feels like a milestone.  As one of my children (who shall remain nameless) said the … more
The debate continues about mandatory vaccinations and requiring proof to travel or enter a restaurant or take part in other normal activities we used to enjoy.   I’ve noticed the … more
Last Friday, I was driving east on Harrison Avenue in Centralia. After I passed under Interstate 5, I glanced to my right and noticed a couple of booths being set up for Centralia’s farmers … more
Growing up, no one told me I was a Republican. I just knew. Low taxes, responsibility, smaller government, free markets, law and order, that all made sense to me.  It also made me feel good … more
Gov. Jay Inslee’s end run around the Legislature banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings is a bad idea. Even though the state Legislature adjourned last spring without passing … more
No doubt about it, we’re living through a confusing, uncertain and rancorous time — in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic and attempts to curtail its spread. Take, for … more
With the national media's almost unabated attention to the attempted recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week, several alert readers wrote to ask about something closer to home. That is, … more
The book “I’m OK — You’re OK” by psychiatrist Thomas Harris published in 1969 is a self-help book and guide to using Dr. Eric Berne’s theory of … more
The Washington state aquaculture community is honoring the life of fish farming pioneer and aquaculture advocate Dan Swecker, who passed away Sept. 1 following a brief illness. Swecker, a … more
This year’s Sept. 11 remembrance fell at a time when America is bitterly divided. It is also a time when we are more acutely worried about where and when terrorists will strike next. Our … more
A recent edition of the Sunday Seattle Times raised that question. It centered around the undeniable evidence that glaciers — at least in our part of the world — are shrinking. We can … more
In a Sept. 4 commentary in The Chronicle, Liv Finne of the Washington Policy Center wrote “the systems and policies of public education have failed, despite the best efforts of teachers and … more
We did it! In the midst of a pandemic, we held the Southwest Washington Writers Conference where more than four dozen authors gathered in person Friday and Saturday at Centralia College to learn … more
Like many Americans old enough to remember the fall of Saigon, the video of people being evacuated from Kabul brings back memories of another time and another war. Those memories — along … more
In the midst of all the negativity we hear and read in the media today, I’d like to talk about doors and windows. Why doors and windows? Well, doors and windows are pretty cool. They are a part … more
When I heard that John Penberth died last week, my first thought was how I inadvertently wrote his campaign slogan during his 2004 run for county commissioner. In a news story, I had described … more
News that thousands of evidence kits collected during more than a decade of sexual assault investigations are finally being tested brings two old sayings to mind: — Better late than … more
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