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Washington consistently ranks as one of the most highly educated places in the country, but what those Top 10 lists commonly obscure is that the state imports a lot of that talent while failing to … more
When Toyota speaks, car buyers listen. Hopefully, our elected officials will as well.   It is one of the world’s two largest auto and truck manufacturers — twice the size of GM, … more
When you’ve seen as many birthdays as I have, it’s difficult to get excited about anything short of seeing Mount Rainier dry out enough to have a grass fire on its peak one of these … more
Two songs came to mind as I thought about the isolation we have all experienced in the last almost two years. One is the Beatles song “Eleanor Rigby” and the other is “Here” … more
A few years ago, I joined dozens of others at Bethel Community Church for a group painting event, where an instructor guided us in painting two love birds perched on a swing in the … more
The police officer who strangled George Floyd is in jail, convicted of third-degree murder, now serving the first of his 22 years. Other officers on the scene that night also face charges. The … more
As soon as Christmas celebrations finish this weekend, I know that many proud Lewis County-area residents will consider it their duty to start taking down their lights and decorations. If not this … more
One of my favorite Christmas songs is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” While her wish list is fairly simple, my policy Christmas list for Santa is a little more … more
I don’t suppose there’s any memory in this world that can’t — under certain circumstances — be both positive and negative. For us older guys, it might be the memory … more
Growing up, the season from around Thanksgiving until Christmas was always a magical time. The smells of baking, cooking the turkey and, of course, the anticipation of Christmas were exciting. … more
A few days after Thanksgiving, one of Lewis County’s most unique characters and voices left this world. Hank Claycamp, who trademarked and sold Mount St. Helens Volcanic Ash Glass around … more
Go to the backyard. Clip greenery. Stick it in a vase. Add flowers. Sounds simple enough, but at the Christian Women’s Fellowship meeting in Centralia last week, longtime florist Dan Duffy … more
Taking the plunge into Mayfield Lake in January does not sound appealing to a lot of people. Luckily, there are some crazy plungers eager to raise money and awareness for Lewis County Special … more
For my own mental health, I have cut back on watching network news for a good while now, limiting myself to just a few minutes each day to catch the headlines. I can say without hesitation it was a … more
I had wanted to submit this column to The Chronicle last week, but I also didn’t want to interrupt the series I was writing about the Gate schoolhouse and I knew my comments on her passing … more
A recent study by the University of Washington has shown that Seattle’s $15 minimum wage “did little to offset widening inequality.” This conclusion matches the research done across … more
Toledo volunteers who opened a community library in August 2014 wonder whether the Timberland Regional Library system will ever provide more than a computer kiosk to local patrons. That’s … more
When I wrote last week about the restoration of the old Gate school, I didn’t have enough space to also write about what has been done by volunteers to the building itself and to the grounds … more
To “Build Back America,” people must return to work.  In a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll released in early December, the findings spell trouble for America’s employers … more
Every year, Connie and I put up two Christmas trees, one for family and one for Jonathan.  I have two sons, Brandon and Jonathan.  Brandon is in his early 30s. Jonathan would have … more
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