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How sad it is to come back to the area I struggled with meth addiction in after meeting my first husband. Due to that addiction, I lost custody of my daughter, but the birth of my full-term son days … more
On May 1, I stopped in a local retail establishment where there were five other customers. None of them were wearing a mask, nor did they appear to have one. While living in King County, I spend a … more
Although she didn’t want an obituary or a funeral, Helen Holloway would have enjoyed herself Friday evening when her friends gathered at the rural Chehalis home of Kevin and Debbie Schinnell to … more
I wanted to write to let our community know of the exceptional care that was given to my mom with her two-week stay at Sharon Care Center in Centralia. She was in the rehab unit there. The staff … more
I grew up in the Little Hanaford Valley about 5 miles southwest of the Centralia Steam Plant. As a kid (prior to the steam plant), I hunted deer with my dad around the hills northeast of our farm. … more
On behalf of the Centralia School Board and the entire Centralia School District, thank you to our community for supporting our levy election. Your support will provide funds that benefit our … more
Now that the dust has settled on the historic 2021 virtual legislative session, I wanted to take just a moment to reflect on the role TVW, Washington’s public affairs network, played in … more
The commentary by Michael Wagar dated May 4 and titled “TransAlta Reneging on Promise” referring to the push and tug about what is to be done with this property (industrial versus WDFW) … more
I was researching census data and reviewing social media comments concerning college education and loan forgiveness. I reviewed a study by the association of public universities showing laborers with … more
In tough times, communities find strength in people — and older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their experiences, successes and difficulties, they have built resilience that … more
The coronavirus pandemic has shown us how easy it is to take things for granted. Family barbecues, baseball games and kids going to school are just a few examples. As some of our old way of life … more
I was pleasantly surprised to pick up Thursday’s edition of The Chronicle and read that columnist John McCroskey has decided to take up writing opinion pieces once again. Then I read his … more
Last Saturday at 7 a.m., a frail tree fell on a long-gone homestead near Tumwater. This quiet collapse would have gone unheeded, but this was a famous tree that had many good friends looking after … more
After taking some time off from writing a column for The Chronicle, I was offered a chance to bring back my commentaries. After some thought, I’ve decided to do just that.  These … more
I’ve had a quotation in my file cabinet for years now, and a note I wrote on it shows that I already included it in a column once, but recent action tells me it bears repeating. “I … more
A few weeks ago, a large yellow orb appeared in the sky and gave me a terrible fright. After delving into the deepest parts of my memory and figuring out what the warm, floating matter was, I did … more
I read the story on permanent supportive housing in The Chronicle April 27. To say the least, I am astounded by the lack of cooperation Reliable Enterprises is getting from our city mayor and … more
A week ago U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler added her voice in opposition to the proposal by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to acquire about 9,600 acres of … more
Last weekend marked an annual rite of spring — the day I pick up colorful bowls filled with DeGoede Bulb farm flowers sold by local high school students as a fundraiser. I had to scout … more
Thank you for your coverage of the permanent supportive housing plan that is being proposed by Reliable Enterprises. I am so impressed that Reliable Enterprises has been able to garner an $8 million … more
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