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I was in attendance at the Lewis County Republicans meeting on May 2. I listened as Sheriff Rob Snaza spoke to the audience about coming together and unifying the Republican Party. He also spoke … more
On May 16, the editorial board at The Chronicle published a poorly-researched opinion piece on my campaign ad, which featured the closure of the pulp mill in Camas, Washington. The article … more
On Feb. 24, Vladimir Putin attacked the sovereign nation of Ukraine without provocation or laudable intent in full expectation of a cakewalk.  The armed forces of Russia vastly outnumbered … more
I ended last week’s column with my admission that, in spite of the shots I’d received, I still contracted “the virus.” Maybe it had been building all along, but I … more
We are more. I found this saying by Brian Stevenson, Equal Justice Project, in his book “Just Mercy” (there’s also a film by the same name starring Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie … more
Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part story. Read the first installment here. Grace Klijnsma was 25 when she married Pieter “Peter” Andree on July 31, 1953, in … more
When addressing important environmental issues like salmon recovery or climate change, do real-world data matter? If Shawn Vestal’s recent column in The Spokesman-Review is any indication, the … more
Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, factory workers were humming along assembling products just after components were delivered. It was called “just-in-time” production. It was … more
As an education fanboy, I often have opportunities to advise young people about their education options. As an educator at heart, I take these opportunities seriously, and I have given the question … more
Washington has set itself the goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 15% from 1990 levels. Well, guess what? In 2018, the most recent GHG emissions numbers available from the Department of … more
I recently retired from Centralia College as a tenured professor of criminal justice on March 18 at age 63. I was privileged to instruct three generations of students over 22 years of unblemished … more
I got scammed a week or so ago. And it was all because of my vanity. I’d received an email from someone with a feminine name and I had assumed she was a sensible reader. The message was … more
Hardly any morning goes by without yet another act of violence or tragedy in this country. That, or another act that makes no sense perpetrated by our own government. Some of these are on the … more
The Winlock UGA annexation should concern all Winlock citizens. I attended the Winlock City Council meeting at May 9. My concerns are the letters and flyers the city sent out to all of us in … more
When my family pondered the chance to move from North Carolina to the West Coast, we had options on where to settle, from Seattle south to Eugene. We wanted a small town with the right mix of … more
What kind of candidate best represents Southwest Washington? A small business owner who understands the impact of inflation on working people and the local economy. A mother who will ensure … more
As a young teenager, Grietje Klijnsma stood on a Heerenveen street in the northern part of The Netherlands and watched an Allied pilot eject from his airplane, but as he was dangling from his … more
I read Riley Dolan’s Letter to the editor this morning with great alarm. Another liberal calling out the conservative media. His (I assume Riley is a man, and if I’m wrong, I apologize) … more
Over the years, I have observed individuals and their etiquette toward our flag. I am a veteran and spent a year in South Vietnam from September 1968 through September 1969. I learned flag etiquette … more
Today, if all goes according to plan, two Chronicle journalists will begin an epic trip down the Chehalis River. Reporter Isabel Vander Stoep and photographer Jared Wenzelberger are beginning … more
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