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I was just thinking that the only way we can know how far we’ve come is by looking back on where we’ve been.  That’s hardly a profound statement, but it’s the best I … more
As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, former … more
It is with considerable appreciation that I wish to take this belated opportunity to thank the 19 businesses and 13 individuals that made last month’s Christmas party for Lewis County Drug … more
On Sept. 8, 2022, I attended a Boistfort Community Meeting hosted by Lewis County District 2 Commissioner Lindsey Pollock.  The focus of the meeting was a proposal before the county … more
It was good to see a positive letter from the local conservative leader. Our liberal friends are constantly airing their opinions and complaints in print. Even our self-named curmudgeon columnist … more
There’s lots of talk in our Legislature and in the other Washington about rent control, renter’s bill of rights and what to do about homelessness. I believe these types of actions, … more
Letter writer Marty Ansley missed the mark in his Jan. 30 letter concerning shootings in this country.  He seems to feel that the NRA and gun ownership are the reasons for all of these … more
The Washington State Legislature is once again trying to strongarm most all Washington cities into giving up local control over land use, density and zoning decisions.  Two bills have just … more
Do you believe women pursuing a college education can impair their fertility? Today, such a notion sounds absurd, but that was a prevailing myth dispelled only after a small group of college … more
Almost 750 people were killed in vehicle accidents across our state in 2022. That’s the highest number in the past 30 years. Are you concerned? You should be if you or your loved ones travel on … more
Three killed in a random Yakima shooting early Tuesday. Seven in Half Moon Bay, California, on Monday. Eleven in Monterey Park, California, last Saturday. I am old enough to remember a time when gun … more
Ramifications from Vladimir Putin’s misbegotten invasion of Ukraine continue to burgeon and multiply, especially in the Far East. Russia’s armed incursion rapidly intensified concerns … more
Recently, I tried to evaluate my year as president of the Centralia School Board and what I may have learned during my 81 years that would help me assist Superintendent Dr. Lisa Grant and the board … more
I have lived, worked and retired in Napavine, and it is a tight knit community. If I want something to do after supper, I go up to the high school. I will watch a Tiger team — be it volleyball, … more
Discrimination hurts everyone. We should encourage, not discourage efforts to promote empathic communities.  “Don’t tread on me” is not a caring motto, but sums up columnist … more
The Chronicle’s “News Dump” podcast is a treasure-trove of insight for those interested in a behind-the-scenes look at what is happening in our community. As a bonus, it is also an … more
I don’t know anyone who would choose to live next to a big, noisy international airport, or have sexually violent predators for neighbors.  Through no fault of their own, people in the … more
A bill coming up this session is HB 1025. It is a bill that will open up each and every law enforcement officer and private security guard to nuisance litigation, and will also transfer liability to … more
I was just thinking about spring. It’s still a ways off but some signs are appearing.  Weeds are certainly poking their heads out already, primroses are appearing and, depending on the … more
The Legislature is back in session, and parents (and all who care about their community’s schools) should pay attention to how some powerful state lawmakers are pushing to roll back local … more
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