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Whether a volunteer or draftee, each and every veteran signed a document agreeing to sacrifice his or her life during service for the United States of America. That makes a veteran different … more
“Summertime, and the living is easy...” — George and Ira Gershwin   I’m a bit of a contrarian when it comes to summer. I’m happy with overcast and … more
Hoping to bridge the deep divisions we are currently experiencing, many Americans are looking for what Abraham Lincoln, in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, called the “the better … more
The Biden administration has gone to war with fossil fuels by implementing a moratorium on all new oil and gas leases on federal land. America is no longer energy independent. We are dependent on … more
It is said that people can be judged by the company they keep. If this is so, 3rd District congressional candidate Joe Kent is in deep trouble. Kent is campaigning to unseat fellow Republican … more
When Adolf Hitler came into power in 1933, his first goal was to dehumanize people of Jewish ancestry. He instituted a national program of propaganda to brainwash the public into having hostility and … more
Earlier this week, Gov. Jay Inslee made a statement about the two far-right congressional candidates, Joe Kent and Vicki Kraft, running for Congress here in Southwest Washington. I commend him … more
You’ll probably be reading this at least a week or more after I’ve written it, so I can only assume that, just maybe, summer is finally here. We can only guess how long it will be … more
I recently saw an advertisement for Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler where she claimed she was working to reduce gas prices for Washington families. In a telephone town hall, she also said that … more
While walking home from a Rainbow Girls meeting, Carol Matteson and her friends accepted a ride from a handsome young man, Richard “Dick” Ponder. “And next thing I knew, he … more
It’s past time to replace Patty Murray as U.S. senator from Washington state. She first ran some 30 years ago as the “Tennis Shoe Mom” — identifying as someone who wanted to … more
To protect our reproductive freedoms, we need to expand the U.S. Supreme Court. The Judiciary Act of 2021 would add four new seats to the Supreme Court, bringing the number of justices to 13. It … more
I am enthusiastically asking your support for Heidi St. John for Congress. She will be an energetic advocate for Southwest Washington. Here are a few of the reasons I will vote for Heidi, one for … more
My name is Shawn Bates and I have lived in Chehalis since 2004. In America, voters should have the final say. But Trump and far-right extremists engaged in a criminal conspiracy by helping to … more
So many of the problems in our world today seem larger than life; far away but looming ominously as they cast a pall over our future and a threat over the present day. In a way, the latest villain of … more
Efforts are ramping up to control the explosion of invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) in western Washington. The invasive species reached San Francisco in 1989 and was first detected … more
I don’t suppose there’s a policy on when you can stop thinking about something as serious as the coronavirus once you’ve come into personal familiarity with it, but here — and … more
On Sept. 11, 2001, close to 3,000 Americans died as a result of an attack on our liberties. We avenged these deaths by devoting the next two decades in disposing of $8 trillion and one million … more
This is in response to a letter in Tuesday’s edition titled “Disregard for Dignity of Seniors Needs to Stop.” The trouble started when the Department of Licensing … more
Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions of dollars. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to reducing … more
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