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As our government at various levels demands employees get vaccinated or lose their jobs, I have wondered what that could mean. I have talked to some who would be affected by this requirement and will … more
As board members of the Thurston-Mason County Medical Society, we are gravely concerned with local vaccination rates. Thurston and Mason counties have an overall vaccination rate of only 50 percent. … more
Each year Americans throw away more than 3 billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material and the situation is likely to get much worse as the world shifts to electric … more
As an infant living in a logging camp house, a wooden structure with wind whistling through cracks in the floor despite the Army blanket stuffed there to keep it out, little Shirley French often … more
Time is short, but action is necessary. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who control the state Legislature need to postpone implementing the sweeping “Long-Term Services and Supports Trust … more
This has been a whirlwind of a week, as COVID-19 cases continue to spike, hospitalizations hit their highest levels since the start of the pandemic, people pack the Lewis County Courthouse to push … more
Lynnette Hoffman, the editor of the newspaper formerly known as The Town Crier, is known for her embarrassing antics and lack of credibility. I don’t take her seriously. That’s why … more
I suspect that there are those people among us to whom keeping track of random thoughts is a worthwhile way to spend an hour or two every now and then. For me, some things have a sort of … more
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to read a piece of legislation, but often they are a painfully incoherent collection of legalese and big words most of us can’t make heads or tails … more
I’m told Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown had strong opinions about the new state laws that are forcing major changes in how law-enforcement officers do their jobs.  As a … more
Time is short, but action is necessary. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who control the state Legislature need to postpone implementing the sweeping “Long-Term Services and Supports Trust … more
I’m not a cat person. I never have been, probably in large part because I’m allergic to furry felines, or more accurately, their dander. We always owned dogs but never cats. That is, … more
Hello Thurston County! I hope you are finding ways to stay cool in this hot weather we are having this week. On Aug. 12, I issued a masking directive for Thurston County and joined health officers … more
Editor’s Note: Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, issued the following statement in response to insistence from Democrats that … more
I began the week feeling like a guy who conquered a mountain. The Fire District 5 property tax levy in my home area of rural Napavine south of Chehalis was passing by a single vote. I’m a … more
British author Diana Wynne Jones once said: "If you take myth and folklore, and these things that speak in symbols, they can be interpreted in so many ways that although the actual image is clear … more
Uppers and downers seemed to follow each other over last weekend. They started with a “downer” when the column I had submitted for last Thursday had already been used. Chalk it up … more
There is no doubt the issue dominating the news and our email inboxes is the governor’s recent vaccination mandate, issued on Aug. 9. We share the concern many constituents in the 20th … more
When we talk about how to recover salmon, the math should be simple. The protection of existing habitat plus restoration of degraded habitat should equal a net gain in ecosystem function, leading to … more
Back in May, Gov. Jay Inslee celebrated a big win on climate legislation as he signed into law two bills meant to reduce the state's carbon emissions. But before doing so, he vetoed key provisions in … more
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