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When seventh- and eighth-grade boys showed up at Toledo Middle School for their first weight-lifting class last fall, they looked askance at their teacher — a woman. Little did they know … more
Even in a one-party Legislature, our voices have power — when we use them.  Last week, during a brief public hearing on a bill that would mandate LGBTQ history and … more
I don’t know which is worse: How the Legislature’s Democratic leaders are disrespecting the 800,000-plus Washingtonians who signed petitions in support of the six voter initiatives before … more
The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a … more
Who doesn’t like a love story? Lasting love is more difficult to achieve, but certainly not impossible. We just celebrated Valentine's Day, which got me thinking of my mom and dad. My … more
In 2017, I wrote a column titled “America needs more welders and fewer philosophers.” It was a slogan Florida Sen. Marco Rubio used in his 2016 presidential campaign to call attention to … more
A recent statement by the Senate Majority Leader asserts that passage of Initiative 2109, an initiative from the people to the Legislature to repeal the capital gains income tax, would “result … more
Democrats are telling us Initiative 2109 will blow a $5.6 billion hole in the state budget. That’s the initiative to repeal the state’s new income tax on capital gains. They say it … more
I write this letter filled with gratitude. On behalf of the Centralia School District, we extend our sincere appreciation to the voters of our community for their support in the recent levy election. … more
Thank you, Centralia! On behalf of the students of Centralia School District: thank you for your support. The levy dollars will support our students to continue their personal and academic … more
When people complain about the cost of government programs, they usually ignore the cost of doing nothing. According to Exxon, Americans in the future will decide it is necessary to retrieve the … more
Every year during the first half of the 20th century, Upper Cowlitz native Mary Kiona and her friends set up camp for a week or so across Spencer Road from Frank and Maria “Mary” … more
A decade ago, I had the chance to hear from a National Geographic explorer who had searched the world for the secrets of people who live long, healthy lives.  What he discovered was the … more
The Democrats who currently control the Legislature should uphold our state constitution by giving proper attention to Initiative 2109, which would repeal Washington’s capital gains tax. It is … more
This past week, I had an opportunity to spend a little time with Dave Rutherford, who is the Napavine School District career and technical education (CTE) director. Rutherford took time out of … more
Several times recently, I’ve read in The Chronicle about how our country was built with immigrants, as if that makes it OK to let hundreds, sometimes thousands, of “undocumented” … more
Dear Chronicle Editorial Board, To my wife, Teresa, and to my surprise, in the Feb. 8 issue of your great newspaper we read your views about my work and Rotary’s great service work. I … more
Lewis County residents, do not be fooled by Lewis County PUD’s announcement that they will be going house to house to “upgrade” our analog meters via “Meter Refresh.” … more
Kudos to Katherine Ford for her Feb. 12 letter to the editor addressing gaslighting. In this supercharged political season, spotting gaslighting, telling falsehoods or half-truths over and over … more
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez is not a moderate, but she’s telling everyone she is.  It’s been about a year and look at how she’s voted. Judge for yourself starting in 2023. … more
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