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It’s not every day that the editorial boards of The Seattle Times and The Chronicle are on the same page, but we find ourselves in full agreement with our journalistic neighbors to the north on … more
What a relief to read last week that Mark and Lorie Spogen of Chehalis, who logged land near Mary’s Corner, preserved the historic pioneer cemetery where Matilda (Koontz) Jackson buried two of … more
The more people hear about Washington’s coming long-term-care law and payroll tax, the less people like it — and for good reason.  A class-action lawsuit has been filed against it, an … more
As I write this on Friday morning of Thanksgiving week (some noir fans call it Black Friday), our house is awaft with delicious smells and our family is already five hours into preparing to host the … more
With much attention on Washington's secretary of state in recent weeks, lawmakers should be pondering the future of the office and recognize that citizens would be well-served if the position were … more
Remember the television ad where the auto mechanic looks viewers straight in the eye and says: “You can pay me now or pay me later!”  The message: If you change your car’s … more
We see them all around us this time of year, reminders to “be thankful.”  Do we really have anything to be thankful for?  We can certainly find a lot to not be thankful … more
During this last election cycle, we read the social media comments with concern. The level of vitriol and dehumanization was disturbing and upsetting. If democracy is intended to be the … more
Wildfires. Floods. High prices. COVID-19. Deaths. Divisiveness. Angst. The year 2021 brought with it a lot of tension, but as we gather this week for Thanksgiving, it’s a time to reflect … more
Washington's Supreme Court delivered Gov. Jay Inslee an overdue remedial lesson in the state Constitution Nov. 10. Inslee's abuse of line-item vetoes to tinker with the 2019 transportation budget … more
It’s no surprise to longtime readers of this column that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s not because of the food, although I love turkey as much as the next guy. (White meat, … more
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act President Joe Biden signed this week will bring much needed attention and funds to everything from roads and bridges to broadband and salmon recovery. … more
On Nov. 25, 1972, a man who bought a plane ticket under the name Dan Cooper activated the rear air stairs on a Boeing 727 jetliner somewhere over Southwest Washington and disappeared into … more
I’m not a fan of the mandatory vaccine push, but that doesn’t mean I’m anti-vaccination either.    But I’m a real fan of letting my doctor and I decide if … more
Lewis County has a housing problem. And it’s not just people who are homeless and seeking shelter during a cold, rainy night on one end of the spectrum or a developer not able to find the … more
Now that we know a chemical in our car tires is killing salmon, we have to act urgently to keep it out of the water. Research published last year confirmed that the preservative 6PPD interacts … more
When she dons her long black dress and lacy cap, octogenarian Jean Bluhm of Chehalis adopts the persona of pioneer Mary Adeline (Roundtree) Borst, who crossed the Oregon Trail from Illinois in 1852. … more
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
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