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By Don Brunell   Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to total 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035, just 15 short … more
Last weekend we said goodbye to yet another member of the St. Helens Club: Linda Ropka, a talented artist and gracious woman who passed away in Seattle May 28 at the age of 76. At least 10 of the … more
When I received the news of Judge Michael Roewe’s passing, I was shocked to say the least.  I thought to myself, “I just saw and spoke to him not even a week … more
Is the world unraveling? Our political leaders seem to be floundering. We have the pandemic, looming inflation — we can’t even agree on whether to wear masks or not. Where are our … more
“Stop selling yourself short. You don't know what tomorrow might bring so you might consider starting today.” - Virginia Burton, eight years clean of drugs, who will graduate this week … more
Early in the pandemic, signs of encouragement started appearing on theater marquees, church message boards, front lawns and living room windows. “We’re in this together.” … more
The patriotic remembrances shared early this week brought to mind — as it does to any old serviceman — my own memories of military service in peacetime and in wartime. I hope … more
So, the capital-gains tax rushed into law this spring is facing a second day in court. No surprise. Perhaps that's to be expected when Democratic lawmakers jam a new tax into the code, on largely … more
China’s growing dominance of critical metals production and its vast stockpiles is setting off global alarms as economies emerge from the punishing COVID-19 pandemic. It is not only fear of the … more
Today marks the grand opening of a new 3,000-square-foot Timberland Regional Library branch at the Capital Mall in West Olympia. It’s exciting for Thurston County residents to have another … more
When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of … more
There’s a disappointed saying you hear sometimes, when a simple bit of the good life is knocked askew by careless or malicious people: “This is why we can’t have nice … more
It feels like the pandemic is in the rear view mirror as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently ruled that for those that have been vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a face … more
I want to update you on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Thurston County. There has been a lot of new guidance recently regarding masking after vaccination. Masking is one of the easiest things … more
Many years ago, I was asked to sit on a sheriff’s committee on what was then called racial profiling by the police. The suggestion at the time in these early discussions was some police were … more
In the past dozen or so years, I’ve based more than a few columns on things, places or people that I dislike, so I think it’s time to focus on some of the more pleasant parts about life … more
We support the proposal by the Chehalis School Board asking voters in the school district to widen the pool for qualified board members to serve. Today, the Chehalis School District is divided … more
My husband and I recently drove the six-plus hours east to Pullman to celebrate our daughter’s 20th birthday party at her Washington State University apartment. What a treat to spend three … more
In May of every year, we acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, awareness means “the quality or state of being aware, knowledge and … more
Tensions between Israel and Palestine have reached a boiling point in recent weeks, causing hundreds of citizen deaths. Palestine’s high poverty rate is only continuing to climb as the violence … more
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