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Over the past few weeks, as I’ve encouraged voters across the political spectrum to support Jaime Herrera Beutler for Congress, I’ve heard from some folks who strongly disagree with that … more
The other day out in the Tri-Cities, in Central Washington, an unusual bulletin appeared from a local chapter of the Republican Party. "Don't vote early!!!" read an alert, from the Benton County … more
Earlier this year when I was writing about the south Thurston County schoolhouse in what used to be the town of Gate, I was approached by one of the citizens who works toward its maintenance. Her … more
I survived President Jimmy Carter and the gas rationing, super high home interest rates, unemployment and weakness on the world stage. Those of us who did can see similarities to what’s … more
We live in a society that is becoming more angry and less civil every day. Lack of civility has unfortunately come to the Lewis County Republican Party, and it’s even become headline news. … more
Surprisingly, recent U.S. presidents and congressional Democrats and Republicans agree America’s economic and national security hinge upon tiny, yet powerful semiconductors. Semiconductor … more
Like others in Lewis County, I received my Aug. 2 primary ballot as well as the informative local elections guide provided by the auditor’s office that provides biographical information and … more
Well, this is embarrassing. And dangerous. And writing on the wall. A computer system’s failure to deliver orders at Spokane’s Veterans Affairs hospital, part of the … more
With all the confusion in politics today and the seeming agendas politicians on both sides of the aisle have, I began to ponder on what has made America great in the past. In our nation’s … more
Last week’s column, which urged people of all political stripes to support courage and statesmanship by voting for Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, prompted quite a variety of replies. The … more
All my life I’ve been under the impression that old age was something that slowly crept on you when, possibly, your back was turned. It was supposed to be like wanting to sleep an extra 10 … more
While critics contend the U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants was a “gut … more
The sons of Joseph and Anna Marine Salzer helped shape Lewis County and their progeny scattered throughout the Pacific Northwest, although tragedy struck one son’s family and three of their … more
“One man with courage makes a majority.” — President Andrew Jackson During the hours that the U.S. Capitol was still a scene of chaos and violence on Jan. 6, 2021, … more
Did you know the governor's office is currently negotiating pay and compensation with state employee unions for the state's 2023-25 budget? What is on the table? Will the outcome of these secret … more
Sometimes it feels like I’m in the twilight zone.  We now have a new, lifetime-appointed U.S. Supreme Court justice who couldn’t define what a woman is in her hearing. We’re … more
I know I’ve touched on this topic before, but I’ll try to express it again, hopefully in different words. As any person who can still remember old radio programs will tell you, they … more
Ever since gas prices shot into the stratosphere, I’ve been hearing a chorus of apologists declare that elected officials aren’t responsible for high gas prices. Well, I happen to be … more
I am reading, for the third time, a book called “Credibility, How Leaders Gain and Lose it” by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.  My last column was focused on character. Now, … more
Remember how state government had a $15 billion budget surplus during this year’s legislative session? At the time, I and other Republicans said some of that should be returned to the people, … more
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