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Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee attempted an end run around the legislature by banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings via the state’s building codes. It was a bad idea. Now, some … more
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the butterfly effect is “a property of chaotic systems (such as the atmosphere) by which small changes can lead to large-scale and unpredictable … more
As the letters to the editor section of The Columbian has detailed, many Washington residents have been surprised in recent months by sharp increases to premiums for their auto or home … more
We’ve surrendered way too much power over our lives to politicians, and it’s pretty clear they really don’t have our best interest most of the time. In the case of COVID-19, our … more
Michael Spafford, the artist whose “Twelve Labors of Hercules” murals found a home at Centralia College after they were deemed too controversial for the state Capitol, has died. The … more
Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee announced in October they’ll listen to diverse viewpoints with open minds to recover salmon and potentially breach the four Lower Snake River … more
All I can say about the start of this column is “Look out! Crochetyman is on the loose again!” First, though, a brief summary of why this is happening. I’ve been receiving … more
When the Legislature convened the 2022 session last month, lawmakers made long-term care their first order of business. It’s probably not a topic you thought about much until recently, but news … more
Somebody’s making money off COVID-19 testing for travelers. In the past, I’ve occasionally run away to a hotel or retreat to focus on writing a book, but last fall, I stumbled upon … more
When officials announced that the Spanish Flu pandemic was on the wane in Seattle back in 1918, people poured into the streets in celebration. It happened to coincide with the end of World War I, … more
It’s been many years since I’ve walked the trails of what folks in Packwood call “Skate Creek Park,” but I clearly remember the natural beauty in that hidden corner of east … more
We are only a couple of weeks into 2022 and it is already shaping up to be another challenging year for America’s 5.5 million family businesses dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Rampant … more
I recently wrote about some vehicles owned by the Moeller Family when — starting in 1960 — we lived on Curtis Hill Road. In 1969, we moved into town and the type of vehicles we needed … more
On June 26, 2020, The Chronicle Editorial Board shared its support of the newly launched Lewis County participation in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Chronicle also noted the success of … more
Last week, I shared the story of Lisa Pettersson’s early life in Sweden before she married George Blomdahl of Seattle. As the late great Paul Harvey would say, here’s the rest of the … more
There’s no doubt about it. The Biden administration is working hard to pay the price for salmon recovery. The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is just an example. We have never seen … more
Perhaps no one else is interested in this but I recently started trying to recall the number of cars I’ve owned in my lifetime. The list doesn’t contain the 1923 three-door sedan I … more
A bill scheduled for a public hearing this week (HB 1727) would ban citizen ballot measures in odd years, but still allow local governments to call special elections to increase taxes. A similar bill … more
A century ago, on Jan. 11, 1922, Axel and Johanna Pettersson welcomed a baby girl into their home along the Baltic Sea on the southeast coast of Sweden, the fourth of what would grow to be a family … more
“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo   Driving around as our communities dry out from the flood, I’ve noticed that more homes than … more
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