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Editor’s note: This is the third and final installment of columnist Julie McDonald’s interview with Third Congressional District candidate Joe Kent. Parts one and two can be found at … more
This week The Chronicle began its popular annual competition called The Best of Lewis County. It’s one of the many fine things our local newspaper does to help us communicate and celebrate the … more
I was just thinking that I may have accidentally come across a new pleasure.   Not really new, just new to me.   I've gone back to a couple of books that I've read in the past and … more
Editor's note: The first part of this interview can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/58ee6rfz   At the request of a writer friend, I met with Third District congressional candidate … more
It is about that time of year when students and teachers begin thinking about returning to the classroom. It is also the time when parents begin thinking about the cost of school supplies. While some … more
This week, a video crew from KBTC public television was rolling through Centralia. They were collecting interviews and B-roll for a short documentary they are producing about the town’s … more
After Joe Kent sat at our table in Ramblin’ Jack’s Ribeye in Napavine last month, I told the 3rd District Republican candidate for Congress — who beat U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera … more
Would you like to have a longer, healthier life?  Most of us would say, “yes, of course.” But how? It turns out there’s a way to do it. Researchers have not only … more
  A Port of Centralia whistleblower is being attacked for stepping forward, and that’s wrong.   An employee of the port had a positive impression of Commissioner Peter Lahmann, but … more
The Korean War, which stretched from 1950 to 1953, is called the Forgotten War because no one really remembers why we were there in the first place.   My father was in the U.S. Air Force … more
Those are poignant words from the movie “Sound of Freedom,” based on the true story of Homeland Security Agent Tim Ballard, who arrested pedophiles purchasing children for sex and then … more
The Willapa Hill Trail is one of the new “great wonders of Lewis County,” and now the trail has an artist dedicated to properly capturing its many beautiful dimensions.   … more
Until President Joe Biden signed the Chips and Science Act (CSA) last year, companies, such as Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), looked elsewhere to build plants costing … more
Coralee and I purchased The Chronicle three years ago for two main reasons: we thought that with hard work, we could turn it into a profitable business, and because a local paper is critical to keep … more
When I read about the primarily masked white supremacists heckling people at the LGBTQ+ Pride event in Centralia last month, it sparked memories of a newsletter I received years ago. I’m a … more
Remember after the last presidential election, when even here in blue Washington state, scores of Republicans and other voters sued contending that the election had been stolen? The lawsuits, … more
ABOVE THE GULF OF MEXICO — There's an old journalistic truism that no one wants to read a story about your big trip or vacation. As important as it might have been to you, folks back home just … more
Nine middle school students stood on a stage and listened as Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs asked them a series of questions about the inner workings of our system of government.   … more
This column was first printed in The Chronicle in July 2009, and it began with this line: “The other day (all right, so it will be ‘the other week’ by the time you read this), I had … more
The real impact of higher gas prices is not only felt at the pump. The real impact of higher gas prices is felt at the kitchen table. It is kitchen table issues such as the cost of food, utilities … more
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