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The soaring inflation rate has turned trips to the gas station, grocery store, shopping mall and restaurants into nerve-wracking experiences. Not to mention buying a used car or a sheet of plywood. … more
Last Saturday was one of those days that makes you celebrate life in our small towns and communities. The mercurial spring weather was perfect (more or less). Appropriately, a number of Earth Day … more
Washington's experiment in creating a capital-gains tax ought to be weighed on its true merits. Unfortunately, the tax's advocates cannot seem to resist putting a pinkie on the scale. Rhetorical … more
I don’t know if this is in my regular category of “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” or “Stupidity — once learned — is hard to forget.” In any … more
The Seattle World’s Fair in 1962 was awe-inspiring. It previewed developments that would improve our daily lives in the next millennium. While “Century 21” memories have faded, … more
Most politicians could only dream of a scenario in which a flood of extra tax revenues suddenly lets them cut taxes in an election year. But clearly Washington state leaders think … more
Although I’ve always known Native Americans lost much of their land to white settlers, I was appalled to discover recently that Edward Warbass, who established a townsite in 1850 south of … more
The news that President Joe Biden plans to resume leasing of federal land for oil exploration may be good five years from now, but that action alone won’t bring down record gas prices at the … more
This week I had the pleasure of watching from the sidelines as a dramatic competition unfolded before me, a battle of will and skill, where endless practice culminated in a succession of … more
I have been a student of leadership for many years, which means I try to learn all I can about effective leadership.  One of the life lessons I have learned that translated well to leadership … more
You’ve read it before, haven’t you? I mean the part where this so-called columnist complains about an overcrowded drawer in his file cabinet just bulging with bits and pieces that he … more
My husband and I live on a fixed income. We have paid our bills, been productive in our work and communities, earned a very good credit rating and have downsized to accommodate our much reduced … more
Republicans and Democrats should be able to agree that no president, regardless of party, should be able to obstruct and undermine the will of the American people or exploit weaknesses in our … more
A new Washington law supporting wage transparency will benefit workers and, overall, the companies that pay them. While there might be some unintended consequences, requiring the inclusion of a … more
Washington state is a recognized leader in the transition to clean energy, and recent legislative results underscore Washington’s commitment to a healthy environment and vibrant economy through … more
Nearly three dozen people packed the Toledo Community Library April 11 to learn about the early Cowlitz Tribe and the first white settler, a trapper named Simon Plamondon Sr. The speaker was … more
The deadline for filing federal income taxes is later than usual this year. Tax Day has been pushed back to April 18 to avoid coinciding with the District of Columbia’s Emancipation Day … more
Private telecommunications companies must now meet a higher standard to successfully challenge broadband grants meant to improve internet access to unserved and underserved communities, many of them … more
On Wednesday, the state Board of Health voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of a technical advisory group to hold off on adding a COVID-19 vaccine to the list of immunizations required for … more
Many community residents and leaders were rightfully delighted by this week’s announcement by the Economic Alliance of Lewis County that a potential $600 million investment is giving serious … more
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