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My wife and I were on our way home from Tenino, celebrating our wedding anniversary with a kayak trip to Offut Lake, when we noticed a plume of smoke on the horizon. Billowing smoke in late … more
Is the U.S. economy headed into a recession? Has inflation peaked? When will the labor market ease? While economists debate questions like these, it’s helpful to hear from employers on the … more
Mark Twain said, “A classic is something everybody wants to read and doesn’t want to read.” That’s a good response to one of the most famous books in American literature: … more
The history of mental health legislation in the United States demonstrates the difficulty of dealing with the issue as a matter of politics. With the stress of modern life being compounded by the … more
Although Salzer Valley was named for the large German family that settled southeast of Centralia, other early families left their mark in the community — and local roads today even bear their … more
If you want a glimpse of parched river bottoms behind “would be breached” lower Snake River dams, look at recent photos of European rivers and lakes.  On parts of the picturesque … more
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson recently announced he opposes the expansion of a natural gas pipeline in Washington state, claiming “This pipeline is bad for the environment and … more
Do we have an identity crisis in America? Some say “yes.” Some say “no.” Others say, “well, maybe.” If you are in the category of those who believe we do, let … more
In a meeting last Monday, Lewis County commissioner Sean Swope again called for more accountability as to how the funding for homeless services is spent — going so far as to suggest the … more
Editor’s Note: The following op-ed was written by the City of Centralia officials listed at the end. $22,000,000. Roughly speaking, that is the amount of money that Lewis County has … more
It’s strange, but pleasant, when you can change a feeling of darned near total despair into one at the other end of the spectrum, isn’t it?  I happen to be writing about a … more
Some years ago, I read a book called “The Death of Common Sense” and marveled at the amount of stupidity permeating our country. It was written in 1995, my first year as Lewis County … more
A keynote from a Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than 30 novels. A master class taught by a writer who has sold 5 million copies of his books. A choice of 18 workshops by published … more
One of my favorite times of the year is the week of the Southwest Washington Fair. County fairs are more than blue ribbons, midways and lemonade shakeups. Boy, do we have some good lemonade … more
On May 13, Judge Andrew Toynbee touched my life with a brush of justice. I’ll never forget his words: “You never take responsibility for your actions and (you) blame the victim.” … more
Have you ever been curious about your ancestral roots?  The science of genealogy can provide answers by tracing your DNA. Maya Angelou, American memoirist, poet and civil rights activist, … more
Last night, when I got a little too negative after a discussion about some unfortunate trends in national politics, my wife asked me, “Is there anything good going on?” It was a great … more
Thanks so much for the News Dump podcast. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy it. And this last one, where sheriff candidates Tracy Murphy and Rob Snaza were both interviewed, was epic. Those … more
Let me start by saying that I am not a nurse, but I do work at the hospital here in Centralia, and I would like to pay a tribute to the nurses that work in our emergency room. They are often … more
Enough already. We have robberies and assaults being carried out against us taxpayers and judges who consistently lower bail. Lewis County needs more maximum sentences to make criminals fear … more
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