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Each year, Americans throw away more than 3 billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material. The situation is likely to get worse as the world shifts to lithium batteries to power a … more
Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature generally agree that Washington’s transportation system is short on funding, and the shortfall is largely due to inflation driving the costs of … more
When Third District U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez said on a podcast that “nobody stays awake at night worrying about the southern border,” the words appalled attorney Leslie Lewallen, … more
A new hydrogen plant development in Lewis County — good or bad? Economic development in Lewis County — good or bad? I’ve been listening to a lot of people who are talking … more
I am writing this to humbly ask your readers to vote yes on the upcoming levy for the Centralia School District. As an elementary teacher in the district for the past 10 years, and as co-president of … more
Here are four questions about “green hydrogen energy” project proposals, questions that should be asked at public meetings covering the subjects. One, how much government grant money … more
If Donald Trump ever had the absolute immunity from prosecution that he believes the president should have, and the absolute political authority of a Viktor Orban or a Vladimir Putin, which he … more
Mr. Bruce Peterson’s recent letter needs a reply. No, there’s no need to live in a bunker here. For two reasons: We enjoy the lowest property crime rates and the lowest violent crime … more
State lawmakers have already debated hundreds of bills as they approach the midway point of a short legislative session in Olympia. But ruling Democrats have yet to allow a hearing on any of the … more
Editor's note: To read a competing viewpoint on this topic, visit http://tinyurl.com/5ddrbj3s.   I have been following with some amusement and a certain sense of déjà vu the … more
For nearly 75 years, homes, businesses and factories in Lewis County have been largely powered by low-cost hydroelectric energy. In the early years, the PNW had so much excess hydropower that it … more
The 2024 legislative session got off to a fast start in January with lawmakers introducing hundreds of bills covering virtually every topic you could imagine, from weighty public policy issues to … more
As I write this, I just came in a little while ago from cleaning the chicken house. I need to warm up before heading back outside. The hens dove into the fresh, unfrozen water (yes, the ice in the … more
Just read about House Bill 2150 in The Chronicle edition dated Jan. 13, 2024. I see a few red flags in this one. Flag No. 1: Giving the secretary of state the power to ban a political candidate. … more
I just lost my appeal to lower property taxes on a property we took possession of in 2023. On the same day, I received the Centralia School District’s request for more money. This derelict … more
For the past 25 years, I’ve enjoyed finding ways to contribute to my community, most recently as a Director on the Centralia School Board. Serving in this capacity for the past four years was … more
In a letter to The Chronicle on Jan. 11, letter writer Bruce Peterson asserts that I am confused. There may be some truth to that. I admit it is confusing to witness otherwise fairly rational … more
I was amused by Thomas Higdon’s letter saying I am offended by Republicans. That is not at all what I said, and I am not surprised Mr. Higdon didn’t even try to understand what I wrote. I … more
In response to Jesse Ohlson’s recent letter concerning the police departments in Lewis County: Obviously, he was discussing Lewis County, New York. However, even if he were talking about … more
It’s only 8 cents … today. I thought the 8 cents I am charged for a paper or plastic bag at retailers is a state government effort to curb climate change (once called global warming). … more
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