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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
It was a half hour past midnight on Friday morning, and Mindy Lindbergh was worried.   She had just seen a Facebook post warning that two horses, one of them a huge draft horse, were … more
While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day that … more
I recently received my first jury summons since I moved to Lewis County.   I noticed, and I found it odd after I thought about it, that returning the mandatory jury questionnaire required … more
Americans have now had eight years of Donald Trump and Trumpism. He has fostered the extremist MAGA movement that imperils our democracy as attested to not by Democrats, but by people who worked … more
What if you had a printing press in your basement and you could print $100 bills, as many as you wanted, legally? The U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, says Congress has the power “to … more
Letter writer Ray Chapman-Wilson claims we can’t protect children by “rating” books, and that the expense of doing so would be better applied toward eradicating poverty. Two … more
Apparently, our Lewis County assessor hasn’t seen a newspaper, watched TV or spoken to a human being in two years. I received our annual tax assessment yesterday. Our assessor … more
Lawmakers: Our nation is perched on the precipice of a totalitarian takeover of our form of government and the complete destruction of our history and culture. We are engaged in a cultural war to … more
Editor’s note: This editorial has been updated to correct and clarify that a letter sent to the Governor’s Office by local police chiefs requesting further investigation at Green Hill … more
I received a legitimate question about the hours that a dairyman works. The inquiry was related to the old adage "up at the crack of dawn to milk the cows." It has been said that those of us on … more
Do you want to be successful in life?   Are you risk averse?   Let me share one of the greatest truths in life: If you are not willing to take risks, you will never grow, change … more
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