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I read the article about the death of Patricia Griggs. It's been over a month since her death, and the investigator says the case is still open.   It seems odd that the investigator still … more
In a recent letter to the editor, it was suggested that The Chronicle may want to look into the seemingly exorbitant increases in property tax values for Lewis County. We live in Centralia, and our … more
Is our justice system broken? Specifically, in the prosecutor’s office. Over a year ago, a Portland man and his dog were shot and killed while hiking down a trail in Lewis County. This … more
It was with great sadness that I read Alan Mahood’s diatribe against President Trump.   Once again, a liberal is spewing stories about him without personal knowledge of Trump’s … more
This is in response to Alan Mahood’s letter to the editor on Tuesday. Well spoken. Thank you, Mr. Mahood. I agree that Congress and the media continue to fawn at the feet of a dangerous … more
As the 50th anniversary of the Boldt decision nears, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has room to improve as co-managers with treaty tribes. Judge Boldt’s 1974 ruling in U.S. v. … more
Can you say “rude,” “derogatory,” “belittling,” “insulting?”   Well, I’m saying all that and more. No, not the news, but rather a … more
Several weeks ago, we received our Lewis County Assessor’s Office “real property change notice.” I’ve spent these weeks asking the question, “why?” My wife … more
I will be the first to admit I did not watch the speech or access the text of the speech online. So I am taking my information from sources I trust that did, in fact, observe the speech, either in … more
Of the four presidents honored on Mount Rushmore in the world’s largest sculpture, Theodore Roosevelt must be ranked as the most vigorous and multi-faceted. Like George Washington, … more
We are told that America is getting a complete makeover.   It seems to me that, one by one, each major organization is being corrupted.   I don’t understand how they agree to … more
Despite Thanksgiving falling early this year, we’ve launched quickly in the Christmas tree selling season, which is always a busy but fun time for our family. In many cases, we see friends and … more
Happy Thanksgiving weekend from Hills & Valleys! In honor of this most American of holidays, and with an eye to a great Christmas season ahead, my gift to you is a smattering of light verse … more
It was a surprise and disappointment to recently to see where the jail has now restricted booking status.   Meaning, sadly, some people who should go to jail, aren’t. I thought once … more
I love the fall colors.   Growing up in Colorado, fall was always my favorite time of year. The colors were so vivid, and the air was crisp. My favorite color has always been red.   … more
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor caregivers, raise awareness around caregiving issues, educate communities and work to increase support for our nation's … more
As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, we must be grateful for what we have and focus on our needs rather than fixate on what we want and crave. Being thankful starts with an appreciation of why … more
The folks running Washington state’s WA Cares Fund, which taxes low- and high-income workers 58 cents for every $100 they make, hosted a webinar recently talking about how people can plan for … more
Editor's note: This commentary was published alongside Julie McDonald's Nov. 20 column, " Celebrating with thanks — and a bit of grief ," which can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/2f2r3nva … more
Thanksgiving this year heralds a time of great joy as our family celebrates its first holiday with my great-niece who was born in August, but a sting of sadness lingers as we remember her big brother … more
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