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In the past dozen or so years, I’ve based more than a few columns on things, places or people that I dislike, so I think it’s time to focus on some of the more pleasant parts about life … more
We support the proposal by the Chehalis School Board asking voters in the school district to widen the pool for qualified board members to serve. Today, the Chehalis School District is divided … more
My husband and I recently drove the six-plus hours east to Pullman to celebrate our daughter’s 20th birthday party at her Washington State University apartment. What a treat to spend three … more
In May of every year, we acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, awareness means “the quality or state of being aware, knowledge and … more
Tensions between Israel and Palestine have reached a boiling point in recent weeks, causing hundreds of citizen deaths. Palestine’s high poverty rate is only continuing to climb as the violence … more
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, warrants praise for standing on the side of truth in the wake of a Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. While some members of her party have tried … more
On Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed two major carbon-reduction bills in a giddy bill-signing ceremony at Shoreline Community College. One creates a carefully constructed cap-and-trade system and the … more
To know where we are going, we must know how we got here. Many were surprised by the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling in Blake; however, Washington state was the last state with a strict … more
A giant fell this week in Lewis County when Michael Roewe died.  The man had an imposing voice and bearing, but if you could stop shaking long enough in Judge Roewe’s presence, you … more
When the phone rings and it’s Michael Dolan, nurseryman extraordinaire and owner of Burnt Ridge Nursery, I know it’s going to be an enjoyable conversation. Michael called me recently … more
A few weeks ago I wrote a column titled “TransAlta Reneging on Promise of Using Mine Land for Economic Development.” I detailed decades of TransAlta promises to give land from its … more
With long-sought climate change bills finally on Gov. Jay Inslee's desk, he whipped out his veto pen Monday and deleted provisions essential to legislative approval. The action trashed a sensible … more
As someone who has spent a “few” years in broadcasting, I’ve become slightly irritated by consumer abuse in advertising. What is the percentage of people who write TV ads that … more
When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of … more
Last week’s vote to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from a top leadership position in the Republican Party left me wondering what happened to the party I once endorsed, the party of high moral values, the … more
May 2021 is a bit early to talk seriously of the 2022 elections, let alone those in 2024, so take the following with a grain of salt. Gov. Jay Inslee is signaling he will try to do something no … more
Unbridled by the transparency and accountability that in-person lawmaking provides, Democrats in Olympia enacted their most radical agenda ever in the recent legislative session. Among the bevy … more
“Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness...” — Knowles Shaw, 1874, “Bringing in the Sheaves”   On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that most … more
Years ago when I was executive editor of The Chronicle, we also published the monthly Senior Dynamics, which covered all the senior centers in Lewis County. From time to time, mostly when I was … more
Since this pandemic started and the government shut down many businesses, they at first seemed surprised that unemployment went up.  That only further eroded my confidence in the brain trust … more
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