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The 2020 race for the White House is heating up. It’s shaping up to be a referendum on America’s market-based economic system. The central question is whether government or the private sector … more
What kind of a world are we living in today? My daffodils and tulips came up out of the ground in January and the rhubarb leaves are unfolding! On Sunday, Feb. 9, I felt a little foolish mowing my … more
As a grandparent of three young students in Centralia, I watched with dismay as a few community members actively engaged a campaign of deception and misinformation to disrupt levy funding for … more
Well, it is finally done. The impeachment process is over, right along with millions of dollars of taxpayer money and thousands of hours of government time. So what did we actually accomplish? We … more
I moved away from Centralia after 67 years living there. Some things have not changed much. The news from Seattle reports crime and shoplifting are both down by so much percent. Centralia and … more
Tim Eyman’s recently passed car tab initiative I-976 built popular support around the state by implying that Seattle and King County are ripping off the rest of the state by directing tax money … more
The article on Centralia losing the levy had inaccuracies from the district. An office spokesman said,  “If people were to take a look at their total tax dollars and not just the rate for 2019 … more
When first invited to join the St. Helens Club in Chehalis, I knew only one thing about it: The women’s club had restored the dilapidated Jackson Courthouse and preserved a precious part of Lewis … more
This Thursday might be your final chance to weigh in on a bill that would force every school in the state to incorporate wide-ranging sex ed into classrooms, starting in kindergarten. A … more
You know when you volunteer at a homeless shelter that there will be things that break your heart. You go into the situation knowing that you will be interfacing — in some cases — with some of … more
I’d like to thank my fellow citizens for agreeing with me and voting no on the recent levy. I am extremely disgusted and disappointed in the Centralia educators and the school board for giving in … more
The Democratic Party nomination of Hillary Clinton had some odd beginnings. Fox network was constantly touting Hillary as the one to beat … long before she even announced she was going to … more
A recent column dealing with federal budgets and spending brought to mind a speech by one of the heroes of our country some sixty years ago. Former general and exiting president of this country, … more
Despite the fact voters continue rejecting initiatives to raise taxes, the majority party in Olympia is pushing hard again this session to increase the state’s gas tax. That’s not how they’re … more
In June 1943, the B-17 “Boom Town” joined other bombers on a daylight raid over the German Ruhr region to attack a critical synthetic rubber factory in Huls.Copilot on the Flying Fortress was Lt. … more
While wind farms generate “greenhouse gas free” electricity, there is increasing concern over the rapidly growing number of worn out blades ending up in landfills.Those blades, housed on giant … more
We have a disease that could end what most of us cherish, our very existence as a democratic republic and it is not a flu virus. It is the disease of lack of civility. Never before in the short … more
I am disappointed to see our elected school board attempting to mislead voters in Centralia. I have seen the ad saying “not a new tax.”  It is a stretch to consider this an extension of the … more
I am a landlord in Centralia. Several of my renters do seasonal work such as picking ferns, mushrooms and cedar boughs. They work hard and they are fine people. Several of my tenants are just … more
There’s only one place in Lewis County where 600 men can sit down together for a dinner of buffalo barbecue meatballs, sweet-and-sour cougar, black bear pepperoni, Sika deer stir fry and moose … more
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