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Washington lawmakers this year eschewed the opportunity to add some balance to state government. But the coronavirus pandemic has illuminated the issue and should compel the Legislature to reconsider … more
As she’s done every morning for years, Aime Silvestre cracked open the back door of her King Road home March 29 to let out her fluffy, white Yorkie Pomeranian. On that cold Monday morning, … more
The past year has challenged us all. For caregivers working in assisted living communities and our peers in health care, it can be a struggle to put into words what our staff, residents and our … more
Last Monday morning around 7:30, a semi-truck driver was headed down a hill in southeast Tacoma. It was a normal drive down a wooded but busy street. As he neared the intersection and traffic light … more
I visited a friend in need in Seattle about a month ago. As I drove from the downtown waterfront through the Chinatown-International District and up onto Beacon Hill, my favorite big city was showing … more
As of last week, thousands of smokers of all ages, whether current or former, are automatically eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations in our state. No proof of purchase or breath test required. No … more
It’s curmudgeon time again, folks. Contained here are a few things that have caught my attention in the last six months or so. You may add to the list if you want, but that entails being … more
Francis A. Schaeffer in his book “How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture” ponders this question. Schaeffer is considered by many scholars to be one … more
As state lawmakers enter the final weeks of the 2021 legislative session — and the start of the second year of the pandemic — the condition of the state budget is nothing short of … more
A week ago, after looking at a used car for my daughter, I crawled behind the steering wheel in our car, whipped off my mask, wrapped it over my rearview mirror, and swallowed. Suddenly, I … more
If you’re parenting a teen or pre-teen, odds are that you sometimes wish you could have a little help from someone with experience, insight and ideas tailored to your troubles. Fortunately, … more
The state Supreme Court ruling on Feb. 25 that simple drug possession is no longer a felony had Lewis County scrambling for answers, but for now, there is a pause in local deliberations over the … more
Adna is a small, rural town, 126 years old, located just 6 miles west of Interstate 5.  It lies in the valley and hills along the Chehalis River. Our community shows a fierce dedication to … more
You may recall I made a pledge around the beginning of winter that for the duration of its nasty days and evenings, I would concentrate on re-reading books that I had saved because I enjoyed them so … more
A federal court order to open up hundreds of fish passages beneath roads by 2030 has been Washington’s burden for years. This $3.7 billion undertaking deserves federal funding so it does not … more
If you live in a rural area, state and federal lawmakers plan to pick your pocket. Washington state lawmakers and U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg have proposed state and federal taxes … more
This editorial board does not praise Gov. Jay Inslee every day.  We often disagree with his politics and his policies, including his positions on new taxes and government … more
State leaders are right to prevent pandemic-related residential evictions. Droves of Washingtonians shouldn’t be turned out into the street when eviction moratoriums eventually expire. But … more
Note: House Legislative Branch Subcommittee Chairman Tim Ryan, of Ohio, and Ranking Member Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, on Monday called on the United States Capitol Police Board to … more
This morning, my family swirled and sidestepped through our little house in a highly choreographed but always improvisational get-ready-for-the-day routine. There were dogs to greet, beds to … more
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