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The final weekend of July was a lot like many in Pierce County recently. Two people were shot in a Tacoma park, one fatally. A shootout at a South Tacoma gas station left one man dead. In another … more
Remember the old days, meaning a blink ago, when political candidates would come out of a pitched primary election and then pivot to appeal to the broader middle? Now what you do is ramp up the … more
I was Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza's biggest critic eight years ago in the 2014 election. For the longest time, I thought that Rob Snaza was not good for Lewis County and that he would be just … more
I appreciated a letter to the editor in the Aug. 3 edition of The Chronicle. The title — “We Got the Leader We Supposedly Chose Not the One We Needed” — was fitting. I do … more
Next year, one of the state’s newly adopted climate policies, the low-carbon fuel standard, will take effect in Washington state. The legislation requires companies to reduce the carbon … more
County and regional fairs across the state are just around the corner. Many of our thoughts turn to great fair food, rides, games and entertainment. Here at home in Lewis County, the Southwest … more
This has been vote-counting week around the state. But the guy in charge of counting them down in Mason County says he can't go into the vote-counting room. "If I go in, someone would immediately … more
We stand at a hugely consequential moment for our iconic salmon species. What we choose now determines the fate of these magnificent fish, who swim 900 miles to the ocean, and 900 back uphill to … more
In a Aug. 2 Chronicle article, Rep Jamie Herrera Beutler made a claim to the media that her current lead in the 3rd Congressional District House race was due to her work in the district. In reality, … more
As I write this, the race for second place in the Third Congressional District is national news. Who will represent the Republican Party in the November election? Will it be incumbent U.S. … more
As you read this it’s probably sometime around Thursday, Aug. 4, but I wrote it Saturday morning, July 29. At the time, I was debating whether or not an old geezer should even be … more
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for state employees — you know, the one that cannot stop spread or transmission of the virus among coworkers — could … more
So much for that rumored big red conservative wave. So much also for the conspiracy theorists, the election deniers (most of them, anyway), and the MAGA right-wingers. All of these things … more
In response to the Seattle Times commentary by columnist Danny Westneat concerning a Republican scam on voter fraud and the 2020 presidential election, the problem with Mr. Westneat’s opinion … more
If you don’t behave, an editorial about you could very well become published soon. After becoming a local resident 14 years ago, the Lewis County News and The Chronicle became a regular … more
Earlier this year, a proposal was filed to use "class A biosolids" as fertilizer on a large area of farmland right here in Lewis County, on the outskirts of where I live in Toledo. While this is … more
It’s an odd thing I hear from time to time. Either in person or on social media, someone will snark about Centralia College and say they only support trade schools. In fact, … more
Summertime during an election year is a busy time, and not just for the candidates who are ringing doorbells, walking in parades and working the phones to rally support. It’s also a busy time … more
I received my 10th flier today attacking Republican Joe Kent for Congress in the 3rd District. It’s put out by a group called The Governing Majority Fund. They call themselves a conservative … more
Want to hear a question that is guaranteed to get an eye roll from people? Here it is: Why not try square-dancing? Yes, I'm telling you this story from a former eye-roller's point of view, … more
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