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Have you ever been curious about your ancestral roots?  The science of genealogy can provide answers by tracing your DNA. Maya Angelou, American memoirist, poet and civil rights activist, … more
Last night, when I got a little too negative after a discussion about some unfortunate trends in national politics, my wife asked me, “Is there anything good going on?” It was a great … more
Well, how has your summer been, so far? Yeah, mine too. Outside of some self-inflicted incidents I’ve already written about, mine has been as normal as can be expected. I’m not … more
When Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Feb. 29, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the future was uncertain. Two-and-a-half years later, the path forward is clearer. The … more
Treaty tribes have been working for decades to get federal support for our essential wildlife programs. We’re counting on the U.S. Senate to pass the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act … more
On Jan. 6, 1947, two longtime lumbermen — 72-year-old Allen Candee Hemphill and 56-year-old Robert Harold O’Neill — each invested $30,000 to create the Hemphill-O’Neill … more
Implausible as it may seem, gasoline-powered vehicles can be part of reducing carbon emissions. They need to be part of the solution and not brushed aside. Take for example, Glacier National … more
The ouster of Jaime Herrera Beutler as our congressional representative brings about something increasingly rare in modern politics: A gracious farewell. Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, on … more
A story in a recent copy of this newspaper made me aware of the fact that I haven’t kept up with the times. That’s something that, as a much younger lad, I used to accuse most older … more
The final weekend of July was a lot like many in Pierce County recently. Two people were shot in a Tacoma park, one fatally. A shootout at a South Tacoma gas station left one man dead. In another … more
Remember the old days, meaning a blink ago, when political candidates would come out of a pitched primary election and then pivot to appeal to the broader middle? Now what you do is ramp up the … more
Next year, one of the state’s newly adopted climate policies, the low-carbon fuel standard, will take effect in Washington state. The legislation requires companies to reduce the carbon … more
County and regional fairs across the state are just around the corner. Many of our thoughts turn to great fair food, rides, games and entertainment. Here at home in Lewis County, the Southwest … more
This has been vote-counting week around the state. But the guy in charge of counting them down in Mason County says he can't go into the vote-counting room. "If I go in, someone would immediately … more
As I write this, the race for second place in the Third Congressional District is national news. Who will represent the Republican Party in the November election? Will it be incumbent U.S. … more
As you read this it’s probably sometime around Thursday, Aug. 4, but I wrote it Saturday morning, July 29. At the time, I was debating whether or not an old geezer should even be … more
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for state employees — you know, the one that cannot stop spread or transmission of the virus among coworkers — could … more
So much for that rumored big red conservative wave. So much also for the conspiracy theorists, the election deniers (most of them, anyway), and the MAGA right-wingers. All of these things were … more
It’s an odd thing I hear from time to time. Either in person or on social media, someone will snark about Centralia College and say they only support trade schools. In fact, I’ve … more
Summertime during an election year is a busy time, and not just for the candidates who are ringing doorbells, walking in parades and working the phones to rally support. It’s also a busy time … more
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