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There are 201 soldiers' names inscribed in Joint Base Lewis-McChord war memorials dedicated to those stationed there who died as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Commemorations of the conflict in … more
The recent spate of horrendous collisions and nose-thumbing at rules should prompt some serious thinking around the laudable state and local goals of no traffic deaths in six years. It's not … more
I don’t recall where I read this, but a man was speaking to a crowd and said this: A bear hunter wanted a fur coat. He was hunting for a bear, and he located one. He aimed at the bear and, at … more
The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a … more
There are few people who day after day, week after week, indeed, year after year, so completely embody the Rotary slogan — “Service above self.” The Chronicle Editorial Board … more
State lawmakers have already debated hundreds of bills as they approach the midway point of a short legislative session in Olympia. But ruling Democrats have yet to allow a hearing on any of the … more
Lawmakers may be in an abbreviated legislative session, but there's still enough time for them to pass important legislation that will ultimately save lives. House Bill 1956, and its companion bill, … more
The "woke" movement is different than many Americans thought. Woke has evolved from a notion of heightened awareness about societal biases into something more divisive. Woke has turned 180 degrees … more
The 2024 special session of the Washington Legislature starts in a little over a week, and from the looks of the state Republican Party's to-do list, it'll be a busy 60 days. GOP senators … more
Editor’s note: This editorial has been updated to correct and clarify that a letter sent to the Governor’s Office by local police chiefs requesting further investigation at Green Hill … more
The Napavine School District stands at a critical juncture, facing challenges and opportunities that demand our attention.   It’s essential to consider the profound impact of … more
A few months ago, The Chronicle’s publisher wrote an opinion piece stating that Republicans seem to think that The Chronicle newsroom is pro-Democrat and the Democrats think the newsroom is … more
  A Port of Centralia whistleblower is being attacked for stepping forward, and that’s wrong.   An employee of the port had a positive impression of Commissioner Peter Lahmann, but … more
The deal reached between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to increase our nation’s debt limit was a welcome compromise.   It appears to avert our nation’s … more
President Joe Biden is unwisely “throttling up” plans to ditch carbon fuels unilaterally despite the extreme consequences of doing so. He wants to accelerate the replacement of gas/diesel … more
The Chronicle Editorial Board, consisting of diverse individuals, including fiscal conservatives, business owners and one senior, stands behind our belief that higher property taxes and … more
Earlier this month when President Joe Biden fastened the Congressional Medal of Honor around retired U.S. Army Col. Paris Davis’ neck, it was a welcome pause to the endless venomous rhetoric, … more
The Public Records Act (PRA) requires all public records maintained by state and local agencies be made available to all members of the public, except for records specifically exempt under the PRA or … more
Many people don’t remember Mary Surratt. Her name has been mostly lost to history.  Surratt was executed for being a co-conspirator on President Abraham Lincoln's murder by John Wilkes … more
Who says Congress is so gridlocked that nothing is accomplished? Consider what happened last December when the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation streamlining regulations for projects … more
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