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A year before the United States plunged into Civil War, a 25-year-old Irishman born in County Cork boarded the HMS Edinburgh in Liverpool, England, and landed in New York April 13, 1860. Eight … more
All well and good to ban the homeless from camping on county lands, but there is a donut hole right here in the middle of Centralia. The land bordered by the Lewis Street boat launch, the … more
It seems the world is going crazy! No longer are we called “we the people.” We should now be call “we the sheep,” because the wool is being pulled over our … more
I’m disappointed with the way the whole election came out. I was not expecting Patty Murray to come out on top. She has done completely nothing in 30 years compared to someone like Tiffany … more
Congratulations to Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, whose longshot effort to represent the 3rd Congressional District in Congress glows with triumph. The Democratic nominee's spirited but sensible … more
The recent article about the latest "dangerous dog" designation was not clearly written, but the gist of it seemed to be six adults, on the taxpayers’ dime, discussed what to do with a dog that … more
The Interstate Bridge Replacement (IBR) program continues to resemble nothing more than a resurrection of the failed Columbia River Crossing (CRC). The major difference — $3.5 billion for the … more
Lowering our flags to half-staff is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or police officers killed in the line of duty. It is a vivid … more
I lost my brother, Aron Christensen, and his sweet puppy, Buzzo, on one of your popular hiking trails this past summer. You will keep pieces of our devastated family there, in your community, and … more
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, The Chronicle reported that Centralia law enforcement officers arrested a man near mile marker 80 on Interstate 5. He was driving a vehicle loaded with some 100 pounds of … more
On the day after the election, I scratch my head and wonder if anyone has paid any attention to events of the last two years. Patty Murray, unable to run on her record, used scare tactics … more
We are at the crossroads of history. Lewis County is a small island in a vast sea of blue. We are fast becoming the No. 1 target of those who want to change it to blue forever. Yet we have an … more
Election season is finally more or less finished (it’s all over but the countin’). I’m thankful for our American system of self-governance, but our elections always seem a little … more
I recently watched a new documentary on PBS by Ken Burns. It’s titled “The U.S. and the Holocaust.” I have always loved Ken Burns documentaries because of the thoroughness in … more
With the election just around the corner, I would encourage my Lewis County neighbors to consider voting Kevin Emerson for Lewis County Public Utilities District commissioner. Kevin has proven … more
Let’s face the truth for a positive change. Several incumbents at all levels or our government should retire. In Washington state and in D.C., Patty Murray leads the pack in having 30 years of … more
Is this another botched homicide investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office? Just asking. From what I have read in the media, it is enough to justify the question. Seems like a … more
When U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler narrowly lost to Joe Kent in the top-two primary election, I was disappointed but not surprised. A lot of former president Donald Trump’s fans in the … more
I received a call this week from Shannon Pancake, who is one of the good guys.  He is a husband, dad, volunteer soccer coach and Boy Scout Leader. He’s the kind of guy who donates his … more
As we come to our 2022 midterm election, we are facing vexing challenges — COVID-19, illegal immigration, homelessness, inflation, war, etc. Underpinning it all, many of our politicians and one … more
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