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The United States has morphed from “the home of the brave” into the land of an abundance of caution. We don’t really need to be told to be afraid. The media is instructing us in that art … more
As someone who has traveled into Centralia on Mellen Street for many years, I’ve been more and more frustrated by the empty homes and run down buildings that greet both residents and visitors at … more
A split second on an August evening shattered the lives of Jennifer and Jeff DesArmo when a 22-year-old driver slammed into their teenage daughters as they walked at the end of their road near Castle … more
I am disappointed to see local elected leaders happy about HB-1154. I would encourage residents of the Chehalis Basin to pay closer attention to what is happening. DeBolt’s bill gives $700,000,000 … more
Southwest Washington deserves an accessible, hard-working, problem-solving representative. That person is clearly Carolyn Long. Carolyn grew up in a rural community much like our own. She helped out … more
SB 5495 and HB 2184 need to be rejected not reworked. Reading these bills is not going to tell you the impact on our children and grandchildren’s lives. Reading the curriculum and the agenda of the … more
I voted for Sanders. There I said it. Not something I would normally do let alone admit to but times are no longer “normal.” I consider myself a libertarian leaning independent. I think … more
Parents and teachers need to pay attention to the legislative momentum of a bill mandating sexuality education in every school district in the state, starting in kindergarten, and fully implemented … more
Have you heard? KBTC Public Television is bringing First Nations Experience (FNX) Network — the nation’s “first and only nationally-broadcast television network in the U.S. exclusively devoted … more
When the years start piling up, a person is apt to fall into a specific routine. You might call it a “rut” but I prefer a gentler term. My long-standing Sunday morning procedure begins by first … more
Last week, we visited the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. It is part of our National Parks “bucket list.” The trip was a real eye-opener.  The canyon is spectacular. It is hard … more
It has been a surprise to me that there haven’t been more comments in The Chronicle to question the recent PUD hike. Over the past several years our power rates have increased at a rate more rapid … more
Mr. Ahrens’s letter to the Feb. 5 Daily Chronicle and multiple other newspapers to complain about a request for audience members to refrain from filming a Democratic candidate forum is an obvious … more
What major consideration(s) do I give to a candidate who is seeking the highest office in our nation? A question deserving serious, not political, consideration.Many decades ago I had a political … more
For many topics in modern American society, wisdom can be found in the words of Benjamin Franklin. For example, the Founding Father is credited with saying, “When the well’s dry, we know the … more
Many knew Dr. Kenneth Burden as the physician who welcomed their babies into the world at St. Helens Hospital in Chehalis.Others visited him as their general practitioner at Doctors Medical Clinic, … more
In response to the editorial, “WA Can’t Afford Dems Low-Carbon Fuel Mandate,” by Reps Brandon Vick and Larry Hoff and printed in The Chronicle on Feb. 13, Reps Hoff and Vick of Washington’s … more
I was appalled at the shameful behavior of Commissioner Dan Keahy at a recent Port of Centralia meeting. When I asked if there are any other meetings besides the bi-monthy ones, he became accusatory … more
 If you drew a map of transit in Western Washington, you’d see what looks like a series of islands; service concentrated mainly in city centers and few, if any, options extending into rural … more
When I was in middle school here in Lewis County, a serious situation came up in a neighboring school district. It had been discovered that a group of high school boys had been manipulating middle … more
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