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After taking some time off from writing a column for The Chronicle, I was offered a chance to bring back my commentaries. After some thought, I’ve decided to do just that.  These … more
I’ve had a quotation in my file cabinet for years now, and a note I wrote on it shows that I already included it in a column once, but recent action tells me it bears repeating. “I … more
A few weeks ago, a large yellow orb appeared in the sky and gave me a terrible fright. After delving into the deepest parts of my memory and figuring out what the warm, floating matter was, I did … more
A week ago U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler added her voice in opposition to the proposal by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to acquire about 9,600 acres of … more
Last weekend marked an annual rite of spring — the day I pick up colorful bowls filled with DeGoede Bulb farm flowers sold by local high school students as a fundraiser. I had to scout … more
From the outside looking in, some might be perplexed by the vocal and consistent opposition to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s proposed acquisition of thousands of acres of … more
The Chehalis River Basin benefits from the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority-funded airport pump project. An important component of the Chehalis Basin Strategy of reducing flood damage and … more
Not too long ago, TV channel 9 repeated a program about the sad event that happened in 1992 on Ruby Ridge, a small spot in the northern panhandle of Idaho.  It was the epicenter for a small … more
Regardless of how one feels about the budget passed by this year’s Legislature, all Washington taxpayers should be appalled by the process. Lawmakers continue to embrace an opaque process that … more
The Desert Fox, a historic heavy fighter bomber moved three years ago to the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis, will receive a facelift this spring, courtesy in large part to the F-105 … more
One year ago, the former owners of The Chronicle sounded the alarm in the form of a front-page editorial notifying the community this newspaper was in danger. As businesses shuttered and … more
If there’s one thing that Americans agree on — and one thing that we actually have the power to control with our everyday actions — it’s that we want to build things in … more
In 1968, a song by the Beatles hit the airwaves — “Let it be.” Some of the most poignant words of this timely classic are, “and when the broken-hearted people living in … more
April is National Volunteer Month. I would like to share some of the reasons I volunteer and the benefits of volunteering. According to the American Psychological Association, some benefits to … more
In last week’s column, I wrote about a chance meeting with a large and seemingly suspicious cat who my own cat, Sam, and I encountered underneath a rhododendron shrub while doing some garden … more
With the beautiful weather and our state’s opening COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone 16 or older, there is a welcome sense of hope that we might finally be turning the corner in this pandemic. … more
Two decades ago, in 2001, Chaplain Scott Crossfield parachuted into Afghanistan with 198 men in the U.S. Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion and Special Forces — only five weeks after terrorists … more
The Tenino mayorship — the gift that keeps on giving, at least for us journalist types. Thankfully, this sordid tale of woe ends in the brightest of notes, with kudos to the current mayor of … more
Washington state residents currently pay 49.4 cents per gallon in state taxes and an additional 18.4% in federal taxes at the pump. That’s currently the fourth-highest gas tax in the … more
On Tuesday, my friend Edna Fund sent me a text message asking how quickly I could get to the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. There was a first-shot Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic going on, and … more
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