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If there’s one thing that Americans agree on — and one thing that we actually have the power to control with our everyday actions — it’s that we want to build things in … more
In 1968, a song by the Beatles hit the airwaves — “Let it be.” Some of the most poignant words of this timely classic are, “and when the broken-hearted people living in … more
April is National Volunteer Month. I would like to share some of the reasons I volunteer and the benefits of volunteering. According to the American Psychological Association, some benefits to … more
In last week’s column, I wrote about a chance meeting with a large and seemingly suspicious cat who my own cat, Sam, and I encountered underneath a rhododendron shrub while doing some garden … more
With the beautiful weather and our state’s opening COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 16 or older, there is a welcome sense of hope that we might finally be turning the corner in this pandemic. … more
Two decades ago, in 2001, Chaplain Scott Crossfield parachuted into Afghanistan with 198 men in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion and Special Forces — only five weeks after terrorists … more
The Tenino mayorship — the gift that keeps on giving, at least for us journalist types. Thankfully, this sordid tale of woe ends in the brightest of notes, with kudos to the current mayor of … more
Washington state residents currently pay 49.4 cents per gallon in state taxes and an additional 18.4% in federal taxes at the pump. That’s currently the fourth-highest gas tax in the … more
On Tuesday, my friend Edna Fund sent me a text message asking how quickly I could get to the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. There was a first-shot Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic going on, and … more
There were an interesting few hours here, recently, at Chez Moeller (pronounced kinda like “Mewlay”). For portions of two days recently, I was host to one of the largest cats … more
The Washington state government isn’t just nickel and diming us when it comes to a neverending conveyor belt of new and increased taxes and fees this legislative session. They’re … more
Washington lawmakers this year eschewed the opportunity to add some balance to state government. But the coronavirus pandemic has illuminated the issue and should compel the Legislature to reconsider … more
As she’s done every morning for years, Aime Silvestre cracked open the back door of her King Road home March 29 to let out her fluffy, white Yorkie Pomeranian. On that cold Monday morning, … more
The past year has challenged us all. For caregivers working in assisted living communities and our peers in health care, it can be a struggle to put into words what our staff, residents and our … more
Last Monday morning around 7:30, a semi-truck driver was headed down a hill in southeast Tacoma. It was a normal drive down a wooded but busy street. As he neared the intersection and traffic light … more
I visited a friend in need in Seattle about a month ago. As I drove from the downtown waterfront through the Chinatown-International District and up onto Beacon Hill, my favorite big city was showing … more
As of last week, thousands of smokers of all ages, whether current or former, are automatically eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in our state. No proof of purchase or breath test required. No … more
It’s curmudgeon time again, folks. Contained here are a few things that have caught my attention in the last six months or so. You may add to the list if you want, but that entails being … more
Francis A. Schaeffer in his book “How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture” ponders this question. Schaeffer is considered by many scholars to be one … more
As state lawmakers enter the final weeks of the 2021 legislative session — and the start of the second year of the pandemic — the condition of the state budget is nothing short of … more
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