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You’ll probably be reading this at least a week or more after I’ve written it, so I can only assume that, just maybe, summer is finally here. We can only guess how long it will be … more
While walking home from a Rainbow Girls meeting, Carol Matteson and her friends accepted a ride from a handsome young man, Richard “Dick” Ponder. “And next thing I knew, he asked … more
So many of the problems in our world today seem larger than life; far away but looming ominously as they cast a pall over our future and a threat over the present day. In a way, the latest villain of … more
Efforts are ramping up to control the explosion of invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) in western Washington. The invasive species reached San Francisco in 1989 and was first detected … more
I don’t suppose there’s a policy on when you can stop thinking about something as serious as the coronavirus once you’ve come into personal familiarity with it, but here — and … more
Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions of dollars. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to reducing … more
After physical education class, a teacher handed Centralia sophomore Carol Matteson the key to the girls’ dressing room, asking her to lock up after she and her friend, Marlene Christin, of Pe … more
If you have been watching the news lately concerning the Jan. 6  hearings — which I hope you haven’t watched too much — you are aware that issues such as credibility, … more
The recent rise in crime has been disturbing and unsettling. Everyone deserves to be safe at home, work and in their communities. Unfortunately, recent state and federal police reforms have … more
Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, issued a draft report which estimates that breaching the four lower Snake River dams and replacing their electricity and other benefits would … more
It’s graduation season, so many of us are attending parties or giving gifts to our young people as they emerge into the world. That’s gotten me thinking about something, and I’d … more
I’ve never understood how some people can be sane and methodical when it comes to keeping a desktop orderly and free of clutter, especially when, at the same time, they feel they have to come … more
Whatever the Supreme Court had to say about abortion, there was bound to be controversy. But I wish everyone with an opinion about the draft ruling in the Dobbs case would take a few minutes to sit … more
The potential overturning of Roe v Wade. Calls for gun control. Disclosures from investigations by the House Jan. 6 Committee. The last few months — especially the last week — show the … more
For many in our community, June is a time of transition. This is most certainly true for the hundreds of Centralia College students who will graduate June 17. They are amazing individuals and … more
For the first time ever, the average price for a gallon of gas in Washington state exceeds five dollars a gallon, an increase of $1.42, or 40%, in just one year. The price is unlikely to hit $10 … more
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, economies in the industrial world were moving along fairly smoothly — reliable supply chains with “just in time” component arrivals, predictable … more
This week, I was blessed to take a long walk in the rain, stand in the rain for an hour or so, then take another long walk in the rain. The walk was good. The rain was wet. The best part was the … more
Life gets “curiouser and curiouser,” not to mention “scarier and scarier.”  So, we are adjusting to COVID-19. Then there is always Ukraine. Throw in the slaughter of … more
Harold Kushner, the rabbi, author and teacher who wrote the best seller, “When Bad Things Happen to Good People,” wrote another book I reread recently.  The book is titled … more
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