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After the article about the chopping down and removal of the Peace Tree from Centralia’s Washington Park appeared in last Thursday’s Chronicle, I expected that there would be more response than … more
As Lewis County assessor, I have concerns about the gift of approximately 9,600 acres of TransAlta land to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and I am opposed to the acquisition by … more
Lack of health insurance is associated with 30,000 to 90,000 deaths per year, depending on the study. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 30 million Americans didn’t have health insurance and … more
I am responding to the recent letter to the editor from Sheryl Issacson, Chehalis, dated Feb. 3 which was titled, “More than one side is to blame for unrest.”My quick response is, no, only Trump … more
The South Lewis County Regional Airport at Toledo doesn’t have enough room to support a large commercial or cargo freight airport on its 95-acre footprint.At least, that’s what Lewis County … more
Last week's Chronicle article, "Seniors Eligible for Vaccine Struggle to Get Appointments," shared the erratic way COVID vaccines are being distributed. I got my first shot out of luck. I was … more
Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, is a brave, stalwart representative of Washington’s 3rd District, her constituents and the Constitution. I am extremely proud of her. I disagree with her on … more
The subject line of the email got straight to the point: “Jay Inslee is a tyrant to WA State and MUST BE stopped and removed!!!!!!!!” That arrived in early June 2020, roughly a week after Gov. … more
What does it mean when, year after year, no one in the Washington Legislature formally opposes a bill but the bill dies anyway? Such has been the fate of attempts to curb the unseemly and arguably … more
People from communities distant from ours have called in to public hearings regarding the emergency flood retention facility proposed for the main stem Chehalis River above Pe Ell asking, “Who will … more
The past few years the Democrat-controlled state government has floated the Vehicle-Miles-Traveled program that would charge for each mile a person drives.The idea is that with cars getting better … more
I am writing to share my concerns about the possibility of commercially expanding the Toledo airport. The reasons my family resides in Lewis County consists of the lifestyle quality, rural beauty, … more
Remember the tin man in “The Wizard of Oz?” His joints froze up for lack of oil. All he needed was a good lube job. Have you noticed during this near year of quarantine that you feel a little … more
Like the Emerald City in the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz,” our state Capitol in Olympia makes a great first impression. When you initially visit the state Legislature at our Capitol, you are … more
Boy, it’s been a rough year. Pandemic lockdowns, unemployment, sickness and death, skepticism decaying into wild-eyed conspiracies — and mixed in alongside everything is a big dollop of … more
Anyone who has found themselves waiting — and waiting, and waiting, and waiting — for unemployment benefits might be puzzled to learn that the woman in charge of them in Washington has been … more
In 1971, Oregon was the first state to enact a “bottle bill.” Fifty years later, Portland could become the first city to approve a sweeping tax on carbon emissions — an action that might  doom … more
Let me see a show of hands; how many of you ever heard of — or can remember — who Clara Edwards was?  If you answered, “That’s easy, she was on nearly every episode of the Andy Griffith … more
I want to publicly say thank you to the Centralia City Council members, especially Councilor Kelly Smith Johnston, who initiated the first meeting with our group and reached out to us after what I … more
I’m exhausted by the phony righteous indignation most online communities are poisoned with. Their power structures are all the same: a virtue-signaling hierarchy where he or she who casts the … more
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