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Like many Chronicle readers, I have been reading the articles and letters discussing the future use of the land now held by TransAlta at the Centralia Steam Plant site. What will happen to this huge … more
It would be ideal to have health care insurance that offsets the cost of American health care, the most expensive health care in the world, but the insurance itself can be costly and the coverage … more
Our lives are made richer by our friendships. Some we grow up with. Some we’ve known since second grade. And then there are others we meet along the way, years later, who snag a special place … more
May is Mental Health Month. By urging my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention, mental health and crisis care, I am hoping to influence collective change to support #MentalHealth4All. … more
The Chronicle’s May 18 Opinion page contains two articles that require a response. Sheriff Rob Snaza swore an oath that requires him to uphold the Constitution. It did not require him to … more
As someone who has spent a “few” years in broadcasting, I’ve become slightly irritated by consumer abuse in advertising. What is the percentage of people who write TV ads that … more
When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of … more
I find it increasingly disturbing when public officials, especially those in law enforcement, decide on the strength of their own beliefs or convictions, they are not going to follow or enforce the … more
My wife and I were traveling north from Vancouver and decided to stop in Centralia for lunch at one of our favorite places, the Olympic Club. When we were called for our booth and were walking past … more
Last week’s vote to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from a top leadership position in the Republican Party left me wondering what happened to the party I once endorsed, the party of high moral values, the … more
May 2021 is a bit early to talk seriously of the 2022 elections, let alone those in 2024, so take the following with a grain of salt. Gov. Jay Inslee is signaling he will try to do something no … more
Unbridled by the transparency and accountability that in-person lawmaking provides, Democrats in Olympia enacted their most radical agenda ever in the recent legislative session. Among the bevy … more
“Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness...” — Knowles Shaw, 1874, “Bringing in the Sheaves”   On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that most … more
Years ago when I was executive editor of The Chronicle, we also published the monthly Senior Dynamics, which covered all the senior centers in Lewis County. From time to time, mostly when I was … more
Since this pandemic started and the government shut down many businesses, they at first seemed surprised that unemployment went up.  That only further eroded my confidence in the brain trust … more
Would you like to help me write a column? Or maybe two or more?  I’ve never made it a secret that I’ve stayed in Lewis County because it’s close enough to cities where we … more
For more than a year, we have adjusted to life with COVID-19, waiting with great anticipation for the arrival of vaccines. And now, with vaccines here and all Washingtonians 16 years or older … more
The United States has been a key fixture in aiding other nations for decades, stemming back to the enactment of the 1948 Marshall Plan to rebuild post-WWII Europe. This aid has not been provided … more
It seems as though we are being taught a lesson in history in real time these days in America. Recently, the news media has reported on the statements made by bishops of the Catholic Church in … more
On behalf of the Centralia School Board, I would like to express our appreciation to the voters of our district for your support in the recent levy election. We truly view you, our community, as our … more
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