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The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how easy it is to take things for granted. Family barbecues, baseball games and kids going to school are just a few examples. As some of our old way of life … more
I was pleasantly surprised to pick up Thursday’s edition of The Chronicle and read that columnist John McCroskey has decided to take up writing opinion pieces once again. Then I read his … more
Last Saturday at 7 a.m., a frail tree fell on a long-gone homestead near Tumwater. This quiet collapse would have gone unheeded, but this was a famous tree that had many good friends looking after … more
After taking some time off from writing a column for The Chronicle, I was offered a chance to bring back my commentaries. After some thought, I’ve decided to do just that.  These … more
I’ve had a quotation in my file cabinet for years now, and a note I wrote on it shows that I already included it in a column once, but recent action tells me it bears repeating. “I … more
A few weeks ago, a large yellow orb appeared in the sky and gave me a terrible fright. After delving into the deepest parts of my memory and figuring out what the warm, floating matter was, I did … more
I read the story on permanent supportive housing in The Chronicle April 27. To say the least, I am astounded by the lack of cooperation Reliable Enterprises is getting from our city mayor and … more
Rep. Jim Walsh is boasting about the $5 billion in stimulus money that our district is getting and he voted against it! This is the same public servant who organized the April 19, 2020 … more
A week ago U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler added her voice in opposition to the proposal by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to acquire about 9,600 acres of … more
Last weekend marked an annual rite of spring — the day I pick up colorful bowls filled with DeGoede Bulb farm flowers sold by local high school students as a fundraiser. I had to scout … more
Thank you for your coverage of the permanent supportive housing plan that is being proposed by Reliable Enterprises. I am so impressed that Reliable Enterprises has been able to garner an $8 million … more
Through the isolation and hardship associated with the global pandemic, the importance of our connection to others — personally and professionally — has come into sharp focus. While … more
From the outside looking in, some might be perplexed by the vocal and consistent opposition to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s proposed acquisition of thousands of acres of … more
The Chehalis River Basin benefits from the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority-funded airport pump project. An important component of the Chehalis Basin Strategy of reducing flood damage and … more
Here’s my letter to Congresswoman Jamie Herrea Beutler: I received your mailer concerning HR 1. Not only will this ensure that America never sees another election but unfortunately this is … more
Not too long ago, TV channel 9 repeated a program about the sad event that happened in 1992 on Ruby Ridge, a small spot in the northern panhandle of Idaho.  It was the epicenter for a small … more
Regardless of how one feels about the budget passed by this year’s Legislature, all Washington taxpayers should be appalled by the process. Lawmakers continue to embrace an opaque process that … more
In a letter to the editor titled, “Questions Before the Centralia School Levy” from Brian Moog, of Galvin, a lot of questions were about curriculum or what’s being taught in the … more
The passing of Prince Philip, who died at age 99 at Windsor Castle on April 9, is the loss of an iconic being. Philip not only was a provocative world figure as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II … more
In their recent U.S. News "Best States”  rankings, U.S. News and World Reports magazine named the state of Washington as the No. 1 state in America for the second consecutive year. Many … more
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