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On July 13, both The Chronicle and The Nisqually Valley News published a letter of mine concerning commercial airport development. The letter raised the possibility of converting McChord Field at … more
There is no historical precedent for someone to be a “dictator on day one” only. Everyone who has been a dictator on day one has been a dictator on day two, three … every day … more
A woman in Washington, D.C., emailed me last week about the heart-rending column I wrote about my niece’s stillborn baby. Elizabeth “Liz” O’Donnell’s baby, Aaliyah, … more
Does anyone else feel a little snowed in by Christmas season events?  I try to say “Yule see me there” to just about everything in December, but there are simply too many … more
The Evergreen State has always been one of the safer places to live, work and raise a family in America, going back at least as far as 1960.   Tragically, as of 2022, that’s no longer … more
Dear East Lewis County community, We are writing today with immense gratitude and joy to share a monumental achievement that we have accomplished together. It brings me immense pleasure to … more
Let’s talk about the “ welfare check” for which Jim Howe blindly praised the Centralia police and the Lewis County 911 center in a letter to the editor published in Tuesday’s … more
People of my generation and a bit younger probably remember Aesop's fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.” The moral it taught was that living in poverty with security is better … more
In Beasley Coliseum in Pullman on Saturday, a fan group of 16 applauded loudly when our new son-in-law stood along with other first-generation college graduates. Chase Conaway, a 2019 W.F. West … more
Last evening, at midnight, I was awakened by a loud pounding on my bedroom window. I looked out but didn't see anyone, so I slipped on my robe and went into my living room where I observed a … more
I was slowed by what appears to be a good-old-fashioned common cold this first week of December, and this morning I found my 61-year-old self writing a letter to Santa. I would like to share it with … more
It is that time of year when people put up their outside holiday lights and displays. Judging from our neighborhood, they are decorating more than usual. In our country, 90 percent of … more
On Tuesday down in Olympia, in a hearing about the crime surge that swamped America during the pandemic, the committee chairman said he had one big question. "I want to frame this around what … more
After a long run of strong spending, there are signs that consumers are beginning to slow down the pace of purchasing just a bit.   U.S. retail sales fell 0.1% in October, the first decline … more
Given the deep concerns I personally experienced earlier this year when watching local police stand back as a group of self-professed neo-Nazi agitators attempted to incite a riot at local Pride … more
Has Richard DeBolt’s Economic Alliance of Lewis County placed a “for sale cheap” sign on Lewis County and its tax and electric ratepayers? DeBolt’s Alliance supports … more
Recent development activities along the banks of the Newaukum River near Interstate 5 are near a beautiful river, and an important one being a prone corridor for fish, salmon and land-based wildlife. … more
The dictionary describes evolution as the theory that all existing organisms developed from earlier forms by natural selection. In another word, Darwinism.   There is no suggestion as to … more
Thirteen-year-old Bill Murdock’s district sales manager called on a Sunday in early December. The Oregon Journal printed a special edition for him to sell on the streets of Astoria that blared … more
You know what makes the most wonderful time of the year even better? Getting out and getting together as you give back to our community.  There are a lot of ways to do that in the weeks … more
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