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An unfortunate theme developed in Olympia over the past decade. The theme is “we know better than you.” The theme presented itself recently in a marathon floor session in the state House … more
State lawmakers were right last year to honor the late Billy Frank Jr.'s legacy with a statue in the nation's capitol. They should follow through by installing a similar statue in Washington's … more
Washington's state government is awash in cash. As legislators prepare a supplemental budget, we offer a gentle reminder: Just because you have money, that doesn't mean you have to spend it. On … more
Don't get too excited about Tuesday's Senate vote to put a check on the governor's emergency powers. SB 5909 does very little to change the status quo in Washington state. That's why the bill … more
Did you have a favorite toy growing up? One that you slept with? Do you still have it? Why do children grow attached to certain toys? What do they mean to children and to us?  The fact is, as … more
The Legislature is in full swing, and really the only question I have is: What new spending, new agencies or confusing laws and regulations can they come up with in Olympia this year? I read that … more
The thought that turned into this week’s column had its beginning one morning a couple of weeks ago. It was breakfast time, but before eating I wanted to first read the thermometer on my … more
As Russian President Vladimir Putin rattles his nation’s sabers on the Ukrainian border, I keep thinking about the civilians living in the Eastern European country. Do they see their … more
Catalytic converter theft is spiking around the state, a trend that shows no sign of abating. Lawmakers should intervene decisively and back a plan that offers a meaningful response to protect … more
How about some good news as we continue to climb out of the darkest time of the year? We’ll start with the story of a crossing guard in Maryland. Cpl. Annette Goodyear was working her … more
One downside to growing older is that when you reach your 80s, and even your 90s, some of the things and methods you remember fondly have disappeared.   If they haven’t done so … more
For decades, there were higher-wage jobs in the trades that would take adults and recent high school grads without training. The “back in my day” crowd likes to tell of mill jobs that … more
A well-received book published last year propelled Chehalis onto a national stage but left it with a black eye. “Tastes Like War,” a 296-page memoir written by Grace M. Cho, a … more
Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee attempted an end run around the legislature by banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings via the state’s building codes. It was a bad idea. Now, some … more
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the butterfly effect is “a property of chaotic systems (such as the atmosphere) by which small changes can lead to large-scale and unpredictable … more
As the letters to the editor section of The Columbian has detailed, many Washington residents have been surprised in recent months by sharp increases to premiums for their auto or home … more
We’ve surrendered way too much power over our lives to politicians, and it’s pretty clear they really don’t have our best interest most of the time. In the case of COVID-19, our … more
Michael Spafford, the artist whose “Twelve Labors of Hercules” murals found a home at Centralia College after they were deemed too controversial for the state Capitol, has died. The … more
Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee announced in October they’ll listen to diverse viewpoints with open minds to recover salmon and potentially breach the four Lower Snake River … more
All I can say about the start of this column is “Look out! Crochetyman is on the loose again!” First, though, a brief summary of why this is happening. I’ve been receiving … more
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