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On Tuesday down in Olympia, in a hearing about the crime surge that swamped America during the pandemic, the committee chairman said he had one big question. "I want to frame this around what … more
After a long run of strong spending, there are signs that consumers are beginning to slow down the pace of purchasing just a bit.   U.S. retail sales fell 0.1% in October, the first decline … more
Thirteen-year-old Bill Murdock’s district sales manager called on a Sunday in early December. The Oregon Journal printed a special edition for him to sell on the streets of Astoria that blared … more
You know what makes the most wonderful time of the year even better? Getting out and getting together as you give back to our community.  There are a lot of ways to do that in the weeks … more
Oct. 7 should have been an open-and-shut case of moral condemnation. During peace and holiday, invading Hamas gunmen murdered, tortured, mass raped, decapitated and mutilated some 1,200 … more
As the 50th anniversary of the Boldt decision nears, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has room to improve as co-managers with treaty tribes. Judge Boldt’s 1974 ruling in U.S. v. … more
Despite Thanksgiving falling early this year, we’ve launched quickly in the Christmas tree selling season, which is always a busy but fun time for our family. In many cases, we see friends and … more
Happy Thanksgiving weekend from Hills & Valleys! In honor of this most American of holidays, and with an eye to a great Christmas season ahead, my gift to you is a smattering of light verse … more
It was a surprise and disappointment to recently to see where the jail has now restricted booking status.   Meaning, sadly, some people who should go to jail, aren’t. I thought once … more
I love the fall colors.   Growing up in Colorado, fall was always my favorite time of year. The colors were so vivid, and the air was crisp. My favorite color has always been red.   … more
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor caregivers, raise awareness around caregiving issues, educate communities and work to increase support for our nation's … more
As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, we must be grateful for what we have and focus on our needs rather than fixate on what we want and crave. Being thankful starts with an appreciation of why … more
The folks running Washington state’s WA Cares Fund, which taxes low- and high-income workers 58 cents for every $100 they make, hosted a webinar recently talking about how people can plan for … more
Editor's note: This commentary was published alongside Julie McDonald's Nov. 20 column, " Celebrating with thanks — and a bit of grief ," which can be found here: … more
Thanksgiving this year heralds a time of great joy as our family celebrates its first holiday with my great-niece who was born in August, but a sting of sadness lingers as we remember her big brother … more
It was a half hour past midnight on Friday morning, and Mindy Lindbergh was worried.   She had just seen a Facebook post warning that two horses, one of them a huge draft horse, were … more
While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day that … more
Editor’s note: This editorial has been updated to correct and clarify that a letter sent to the Governor’s Office by local police chiefs requesting further investigation at Green Hill … more
I received a legitimate question about the hours that a dairyman works. The inquiry was related to the old adage "up at the crack of dawn to milk the cows." It has been said that those of us on … more
Do you want to be successful in life?   Are you risk averse?   Let me share one of the greatest truths in life: If you are not willing to take risks, you will never grow, change … more
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