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In a democracy, if you do income taxes at all, you had better make them steeply progressive. A hundred years ago, before World War I, the lowest bracket was at 1%, and the highest was seven times … more
A couple weeks ago, another Black man lost his life during an encounter with police. While many condemn the officer and many others support and condone any actions taken by law enforcement, no matter … more
This is a copy of a letter sent to the chair of the Cowlitz Tribe. Dear Cowlitz Indian Tribe Chairman Phillip Harju: As a local history writer, long-time friend and colleague of Rev. Roy I. … more
Thank you for that great article on the Pe Ell River Run. The time I spent in Washington and the town of Pe Ell was some of the happiest times I have had ever. Wish I could have made this one for … more
What is the current population of Centralia? Based on the latest 2020 data from the U.S. census, the current population of Centralia is 17,745. Centralia, Washington, is the 2,021st largest city in … more
There are a lot of negative issues just driving down the roads in any town. Closed shops, homeless on the streets, trash everywhere. I was looking at the river access around Centralia for a place … more
Open Centralia to the public! I never imagined I would be involved in trying to understand the operations of the Port of Centralia. The COVID-19 crisis seems to have contributed to the port ignoring … more
Congressional testimony recently established that big tech made good money fostering wild conspiracy theories and enabling the Jan. 6   insurrection. News flash. Corporate America is hard … more
There are wonderful people and wonderful artists. Dixie Rogerson Bill was both. It was a sad day when I heard of Dixie's passing. I have known Dixie for many years and had the great pleasure … more
The Centralia School District Educational Programs and Operations Levy election is April 27. Ballots were scheduled to be mailed Wednesday, April 7. Please submit your ballot by April 27. The … more
In case you haven’t heard it before, school financing is very complicated. Funds come from the federal government, state government and levies. Each comes with some restrictions on how those … more
The proposal to turn Washington state forests into giant carbon sinks is quite sound. As long as you discount the need to provide a much needed commodity for society, the need to provide revenue for … more
Identifying racial prejudice as “the most vital and challenging issue we face as a country,” the Baha’i National Spiritual Assembly begins a letter, “The Baha’is of the … more
It’s a shame to be an American. Cartels would get paid to bring young children through the border, assaulting them, and also bring hard drugs. I find it terrible and inhuman what is … more
The financial crisis of 2007 resulted in one of the most devastating financial events of our country’s history. Banks were loaning out money without verifying income or assets. Appraisals were … more
I have spent most of my life uninvolved in politics. I actually have intentionally avoided any thoughts in that arena. But as I have matured, I have realized that avoiding politics is to only allow … more
To the two women who showed up together at the Chehalis Safeway on Saturday, March 27:   we all agree that personal freedom is important. However, a person's freedom ends when their … more
On April 1, I will be retiring from law enforcement. I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to you: the citizens of Lewis County, partner agencies too numerous to name, and all the employees … more
Speaking as a left-leaning independent, I have noticed the fight between the left and the right is getting worse since former president Donald Trump was elected. I believe he started the battle. … more
“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself,'” the Apostle Paul tells us in his letter to the Galatians, echoing the two greatest … more
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