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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
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
As I sat in a pew at Westminster Presbyterian Church for a funeral Saturday, I reflected on the season of loss experienced lately with COVID-19 deaths, fractured relationships, mass shootings of … more
As if polar plunging into frigid Mayfield Lake with the Lewis County Icicle Brigade wasn’t enough, I decided to once again punish my body for a great cause; the Lewis County Law Enforcement … more
It’s hard to prepare for the future if you’re only checking the rearview mirror. That’s why the AWB Institute has launched a new tool called FutureCast that provides employers, … more
I ended last week’s column with my admission that, in spite of the shots I’d received, I still contracted “the virus.” Maybe it had been building all along, but I … more
We are more. I found this saying by Brian Stevenson, Equal Justice Project, in his book “Just Mercy” (there’s also a film by the same name starring Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie … more
Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part story. Read the first installment here. Grace Klijnsma was 25 when she married Pieter “Peter” Andree on July 31, 1953, in … more
Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, factory workers were humming along assembling products just after components were delivered. It was called “just-in-time” production. It was … more
As an education fanboy, I often have opportunities to advise young people about their education options. As an educator at heart, I take these opportunities seriously, and I have given the question … more
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