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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
It was March 23, 2020, that Gov. Jay Inslee first issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. For one year, Washington's governor has single-handedly ruled the citizens of the state under … more
“Attackers were as likely to be rich as poor. They are from all ethnic and racial backgrounds (though three-fourths were white). They had intact and broken families, good and bad report … more
I’m sure that if you’ve watched television in the last month or so you may be prone to ask, “What in the world has happened with television cameras?”  I thought it was … more
It’s heartening to see the numbers of new coronavirus cases in Lewis County plummet and the organization of mass drive-through vaccination clinics at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds. … more
Norma Szabo has fond memories of a small park tucked away in a historic neighborhood between the freeway and downtown Chehalis. West Side Park isn’t the kind of glorious civic amenity that … more
I’m battling an internal struggle between my Liberal vs. ReTrumplican leanings over a recent state Supreme Court case where the justices ruled simple drug possession is no longer a felony in … more
The Skookumchuck Dam was built in 1970 to create a reservoir of water for one purpose: supplying water to the Centralia Steam Plant.  With the plant scheduled to close in 2025, the … more
Wednesday's good-news state revenue forecast says Washington has enough money to provide necessary government services critical to the pandemic recovery. The Legislature should accept this evidence … more
Editor’s Note: Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, last week sent a letter to the Washington State Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah pressing for transparency in COVID-19 … more
I get the feeling that many — if not most — of us can share that same thought.  What I’m referring to is that, with this column, I complete 13 years of writing it without … more
Treaty Indian tribes in Western Washington strongly support proposed state legislation to place a statue of the late natural resources and civil rights champion Billy Frank Jr. to replace Marcus … more
While it appears South Lewis County Regional Airport near Toledo won’t expand into a Sea-Tac 2 to serve large commercial passenger airliners, citizens opposed to the idea should generate … more
If you or someone you love is in a mental health crisis, where do you call? 911? A suicide hotline number? Where do you locate that number? These are the questions facing Washington citizens. … more
When I first heard “whatever boomer” from my millennial daughter, I was a bit taken aback.  Once I settled down from my self-imposed indignation— which didn’t take … more
The Centralia School District is running a levy in the April 27 election. The proposal is a two-year levy collecting approximately $1.50 per $1000 assessed value. If approved, the levy would be … more
A few moments this week burned brightly and beautifully through the haze of our plague year. Last Saturday, I drove my wife and mother-in-law through a mostly empty Southwest Washington … more
It has been one year since students fully stepped into their classrooms. It’s time to get back to school, and not in a hybrid situation that for too many kids and parents just isn’t … more
Centralia’s China Creek project is proof of the value of the Chehalis Basin process and a model for the fish enhancement and flood protection opportunities that are before us. China Creek … more
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