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Dressed festively wearing her red sweater and Santa necklace, Mary heads out to her beloved senior center’s annual Christmas party. It is a gray and foggy day in the Pacific Northwest, but it … more
“Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” - Fred Rogers Twice in the past week, beloved people of strength and character in my life have confided to … more
I begin this tome with an apology for being an abject coward in the face of the cancel culture. I will not express my doubts about the widely accepted idea that killing 20,000 civilians (half of whom … more
It’s hard for me to fathom what I am hearing from grown-up Americans. Democrats of all stripes join with Republicans in predicting Donald Trump will soon be the shoo-in Republican candidate for … more
If you wake up and look out the window and it is dark, you know that it is night. If you wake up and look out the window and it is light, you know that it is day. These are examples of reality. … more
A few years back, a bumper sticker with a blunt message enjoyed some fleeting popularity in a few of the Northwest's outer reaches: "We don't give a damn how they did it in California." And … more
You might consider her a Christmas elf — at least a woman with a spirit of giving. Every year, Charlene Scott crotchets 100 colorful caps using donated yarn and gives them away in the … more
Walking down Centralia College Boulevard on a recent Saturday evening, through the floats lined up ahead of the Centralia Lighted Tractor Parade, I had an amazing moment. To the left, I could … more
In the 1990s, “things go better with Coca Cola” was the catchy slogan that dairy farmers dreaded. At the time, milk producers were in a head-to-head battle with soft drink giants and … more
We have been subscribers for many years and have never liked the paper as well as we have since Chad and Coralee Taylor’s family took over. The care for each small city around with their … more
Dear Chronicle and Centralia School District Staff, I was thrilled to see the recognition of over 35 students who earned a passing score on the Avant STAMP assessment. For too long, our … more
On Dec. 18, you published a letter from Joseph Tipler concerning the conversion of McChord Field into a commercial airport. I wasn’t aware that McChord is being shut down. But, I can say that … more
Nero played his fiddle while Rome burned, according to a 54 AD myth. Hitler said, “If you repeat a lie enough times, people will believe the lie.” Most Americans believe in fair … more
The supreme court of Colorado decided to remove Donald Trump from the upcoming primary ballot. The decision was correct in compliance with provisions of the U.S. Constitution contained within section … more
Seven years ago, I was certain I’d never live in Lewis County again. Certainty, I’d learn, is fickle at age 18. On March 15, 2021, 10 days after my 23rd birthday, I entered the … more
Traditions are a mysterious thing. Some are created and passed down with great fanfare and solemnity. But others are born quietly and enter our lives unnoticed. After just a little repetition, … more
“I love jumping into icy cold water in January,” said nobody. That’s what I thought, anyway. However, a group of brave volunteers will plunge into Mayfield Lake on Jan. 27 to … more
I read an interesting question posed by a columnist a while back asking how long before artificial intelligence (AI) would be smarter than humans.  I’ll admit, I don’t fully … more
“Life seems to go without effort when I am filled with music,” George Eliot once said. Every year around this time, my mom and dad would bring out our Christmas albums.  I … more
Kudos to Centralia College once again. Recently, an addition was made to an already fine facility (see the story about the new batting cages in the Thursday, Nov. 30 edition). The college has … more
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