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When I spoke with Lewis County Commissioner Lindsey Pollock a week ago, she said commissioners are extra cautious about commenting on a topic when it might be perceived as violating the Open Public … more
In recent weeks, the Chehalis School Board has faced criticism on a pair of topics it has little control over: critical race theory and state-mandated language on inclusion for students, including … more
Lewis County has a housing shortage. As elected officials, we are assisting an effort to find solutions to the whole housing pipeline — how we shelter people lacking housing, how to move … more
I hope many of you have had a chance to visit the Lewis County Historical Museum and its new exhibit on our area’s most noteworthy women, past and present. For those of you who missed last … more
No amount of money can bring back the half million Americans who have died as a result of the opioid epidemic. But the proposed settlements by the corporations that helped fuel the crisis make a … more
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were billed as the “Hydrogen Olympics!” Then along came COVID-19 and sporting events worldwide were put on hold. The summer games were delayed until 2021. … more
Lewis County Manager Erik Martin provided answers to questions I posed last week about the gravel mining operation on Mandy Road near Toledo that neighbors say makes their lives miserable. The … more
I was pleased to see the Lewis County Historical Museum open a new exhibit on some of the noteworthy women in our community, both past and present. The honorees include people who made national … more
If you’ve read the printed editions of The Chronicle this week, you’ve likely noticed that our newspaper is a bit heavier than many have become accustomed to in the past year. … more
Growing up, my dad worked in the logging industry and it wasn’t uncommon in the winter due to snow, or in the summer due to fire, for him to be laid off.  When that happened, he’d … more
I woke up recently thinking about an event that occurred over 80 years ago.  If I can remember correctly, it was when I was in about the fourth grade at the small parochial school I attended. … more
Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges and valleys.  … more
Sex trafficking is a growing problem across Washington.  Our state ranks in the top 15 states with active human trafficking cases, most of which are sex trafficking cases, with 3.49 cases per … more
After last week, I wonder what Lewis County commissioners do to justify the $90,900 annual salary they draw. As our elected officials, I considered commissioners the people to contact when you … more
This week dozens of parents expressed concern for a new “gender-inclusive schools” policy adopted by the Chehalis School Board. The board members, saying they had no choice under state … more
I have always been fascinated by space, the universe and what really exists “out there.”  I watched Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” more than a dozen times. I read books. … more
As a new board year begins for the Twin Cities Rotary Club, it’s with heavy hearts and immense pride that we reflect back on the members lost in the previous year and the legacy they leave … more
I’m sure you’ve deduced from the headline that this column consists of a jumble of items gathered from various sources including my own thought processes. I could have called it a … more
This last legislative session has proven once again that when it comes to solving problems, using an axe when a scalpel would be the correct tool is just business as usual in Olympia. When I went … more
When it comes to being an elected county commissioner, protecting your rights and the interests of Lewis County is always at the forefront of my job. And when you consider that I am the elected … more
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