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Have you ever seen, heard or watched something that you’re sure will either bore you to death or maybe even test your ability to hold back your last meal only to find that it’s nothing … more
Sometimes you read something that sounds so silly, you’re certain it’s a hoax.  In this case, I received an email from someone I trust, but even then, in the back of my mind I … more
My education at the University of Washington proved as much of a learning experience outside the classroom as inside. During my first year, a conservative Catholic from Vancouver, I met my zany … more
After two years of COVID-19, many Washington families and small businesses could use a break. Fortunately, the Washington Legislature has the means to help. State lawmakers have more than $8.6 … more
Washington state’s two-year colleges consistently rank as some of the best in the country for graduation rates, student success and affordability. Centralia College is certainly proud of … more
Catalytic converter theft is a statewide problem that deserves a statewide solution. A bill drafted by Sen. Jeff Wilson-R, Longview, for the upcoming legislative session in January is a good … more
Happy eighth day of Christmas! I know we’re all turning our thoughts to the new year, to heading back to work or school, to the business and busyness of 2022.   And so I’d … more
Washington consistently ranks as one of the most highly educated places in the country, but what those Top 10 lists commonly obscure is that the state imports a lot of that talent while failing to … more
When Toyota speaks, car buyers listen. Hopefully, our elected officials will as well.   It is one of the world’s two largest auto and truck manufacturers — twice the size of GM, … more
When you’ve seen as many birthdays as I have, it’s difficult to get excited about anything short of seeing Mount Rainier dry out enough to have a grass fire on its peak one of these … more
Two songs came to mind as I thought about the isolation we have all experienced in the last almost two years. One is the Beatles song “Eleanor Rigby” and the other is “Here” … more
Hello Thurston County. The omicron variant is spreading across the United States at a much more rapid pace than the delta variant, subsequently causing an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases in … more
A few years ago, I joined dozens of others at Bethel Community Church for a group painting event, where an instructor guided us in painting two love birds perched on a swing in the … more
The police officer who strangled George Floyd is in jail, convicted of third-degree murder, now serving the first of his 22 years. Other officers on the scene that night also face charges. The … more
As soon as Christmas celebrations finish this weekend, I know that many proud Lewis County-area residents will consider it their duty to start taking down their lights and decorations. If not this … more
One of my favorite Christmas songs is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” While her wish list is fairly simple, my policy Christmas list for Santa is a little more … more
I don’t suppose there’s any memory in this world that can’t — under certain circumstances — be both positive and negative. For us older guys, it might be the memory … more
Growing up, the season from around Thanksgiving until Christmas was always a magical time. The smells of baking, cooking the turkey and, of course, the anticipation of Christmas were exciting. … more
A few days after Thanksgiving, one of Lewis County’s most unique characters and voices left this world. Hank Claycamp, who trademarked and sold Mount St. Helens Volcanic Ash Glass around … more
Go to the backyard. Clip greenery. Stick it in a vase. Add flowers. Sounds simple enough, but at the Christian Women’s Fellowship meeting in Centralia last week, longtime florist Dan Duffy … more
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