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As someone who collects news of local family-friendly activities like a child collects pretty rocks on the beach, I was surprised and delighted a few weeks ago to stumble upon a new source of … more
People sometimes ask me how I’ve found something to write about all these years. Regardless of logic, the secret answer is just trying to keep enough room on the desk to hold a cup of … more
I don’t know about you, but this inflation crap is really taking a bite out of daily expenses.  Worse, those responsible don’t seem to have any desire to do anything about it. Either … more
There is an old saying that states “don’t let the ‘perfect’ be the ‘enemy’ of the good.” That is important to remember as we work our way out of the … more
Imagine “Vikings,” “The Last Kingdom” and “Game of Thrones” — all thrown into novels but without the sex and swearing. That’s close to the … more
Washington’s Board of Natural Resources is considering banning timber harvesting on state lands. That is extremely unwise. Instead, the board must ensure its healthy forest policies incorporate … more
Today, Washington’s mask mandate ends. This week will also mark two years since the global COVID-19 pandemic really hit home. It’s a good time to examine what the heck just happened to … more
Last week’s column had a hint in it that I might have some strange information to pass along to you. Well, it may not be strange to you — but it sure felt like it to me. In that … more
It’s not often that we see an athlete at the top of his or her game walk away from a multi-million dollar payday to go home and fight for his or her country. However, that is exactly what world … more
When I heard about plans for spreading biosludge on Layton Prairie, I cringed. For more than three decades, I listened to my sister-in-law Linda Zander recount the dangers of human waste spread … more
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has generated a global response and nearly universal outrage at the unprovoked action. It also has illuminated differences between local congressional candidates. … more
We are Washington state’s future. We’re the next set of business executives, health care professionals, computer scientists, educators and innovators. We have clear goals for ourselves … more
What sad news to read about the passing of former longtime Chehalis City Manager Dave Campbell. He died of cancer at age 68 with his family by his side.  Public employees sometimes get a bad … more
Legislation that is terrible for most of Washington is motoring through the state Legislature as the end of the 2022 session draws near. It’s the so-called “Move Ahead … more
If you’ve lived in Western Washington for any length of time, I think I’m safe in saying that this is a time of frustration for you. We’ve had snatches and pieces of just enough … more
When President Joe Biden outlines his response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine at Tuesday's State of the Union address, he should talk about something Americans are often loathe to hear: sacrifice. … more
Last week, I shared the story of Civil War veteran Daniel Shaner who was wounded in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House and later served as a bodyguard to President Abraham Lincoln as part of the … more
The mountain of money keeps getting bigger. In mid-February, state officials released the latest economic forecast, and it showed revenue up again, this time to the tune of $2.8 billion. … more
Every public opinion survey taken lately shows that a majority of Americans believe our country is on the wrong track. We are frustrated with COVID-19 and the government’s response, … more
For several years I compiled “From the Files of The Chronicle,” a today-in-history column that was a fascinating scroll and stroll through our community’s history. What a treat it … more
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