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While the world is watching and wondering about the novel coronavirus potential from China, it is important to remember that our winter flu season is in full swing. Novel coronavirus is a worry, but … more
Keeping hospitals and health workers healthy is key to fighting diseases. With new and more deadly viruses, the job is more challenging.Although the coronavirus has captured the world’s attention, … more
The problem with a failing memory is that you tend to forget things, if that makes sense. In last week’s column about the Sou’Wester Lodge and its owners, Len and Miriam Atkins, I erred in saying … more
As a retired educator and a fairly new resident of Centralia, I have been concerned about the changes in taxes and the increased assessed value of our house. But I was also very surprised to receive … more
Centralia school administration lazily sent the highest possible tax increase without bothering to specify how it would actually be spent.This is frustrating, because the whole point of the McCleary … more
I’m a Southwest Washington voter. I saw advertisements for a congressional candidate forum in Lyle last week. Hoping to learn more about the candidates, I attended.  But I was befuddled when event … more
 I’m writing to express my disgust at the 24 percent raise given to the teachers when they held the children of this community hostage in 2018.Now the school board is trying to increase my taxes … more
Lots of people are perplexed about the local school levy in Centralia. Here’s some facts (and I’m talking about only the operations levy, not the bond for new schools).  The district wants to … more
Washington’s vote-by-mail elections have become a fixture of the state’s democratic process, but the process can be improved.In recent years, the Legislature has passed bills to improve ballot … more
211 is an information and referral service that connects people to life-changing resources. On Feb. 11, 211 Day will be celebrated nationwide. Don’t know about 211 Day? That’s OK. To celebrate … more
The Lewis County community is resilient. We work together to lift each other up when we face challenges. In our positions, we see people every day facing significant challenges — from poverty and … more
In Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s most recent e-newsletter, her lack of understanding of her constituents’ needs is all too apparent.Rep. Herrera Beutler claims to be working to improve … more
An article recently published in The Chronicle, “Uninsured Rate Drops by One Half in Lewis County Since ACA”, dated January 10, 2020, points out that in 2011, before the Affordable Care Act … more
The state of Washington and other agencies spend millions of dollars each year for salmon recovery and habitat restoration. Most of their projects include culvert enlargement, vegetation planting and … more
In her letter dated Jan. 22, Olga Miller stated that Carolyn Long, who is running against Jamie Herrera Beutler in the 3rd congressional district, had stated in her platform that she wants to raise … more
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Toledo High School kicked off Friday with drums and songs performed by members of the Cowlitz Tribe.It’s only fitting since the high school — old and new … more
When Sonja McCully moved to Centralia three years ago, she was intrigued and inspired by the town’s founders, the black couple George and Mary Jane Washington. McCully, whose husband is black, … more
I had the opportunity to be present for a lockdown drill at Lintott Elementary in Chehalis on Friday morning. It was eerily quiet coming into the building to work in a classroom. That’s when I … more
A recent letter to the editor asked a fair question — why is our school district seeking a levy increase from $1.50 to $2.50 per thousand in assessed value?  Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as … more
This past week I had the opportunity to meet and hear Carolyn Long, candidate for Congress in the 3rd District. Carolyn is down-to-earth, approachable, passionate and well-prepared for this position. … more
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