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As I write this on Friday morning of Thanksgiving week (some noir fans call it Black Friday), our house is awaft with delicious smells and our family is already five hours into preparing to host the … more
With much attention on Washington's secretary of state in recent weeks, lawmakers should be pondering the future of the office and recognize that citizens would be well-served if the position were … more
Remember the television ad where the auto mechanic looks viewers straight in the eye and says: “You can pay me now or pay me later!”  The message: If you change your car’s … more
We see them all around us this time of year, reminders to “be thankful.”  Do we really have anything to be thankful for?  We can certainly find a lot to not be thankful … more
During this last election cycle, we read the social media comments with concern. The level of vitriol and dehumanization was disturbing and upsetting. If democracy is intended to be the … more
Wildfires. Floods. High prices. COVID-19. Deaths. Divisiveness. Angst. The year 2021 brought with it a lot of tension, but as we gather this week for Thanksgiving, it’s a time to reflect on … more
Washington's Supreme Court delivered Gov. Jay Inslee an overdue remedial lesson in the state Constitution Nov. 10. Inslee's abuse of line-item vetoes to tinker with the 2019 transportation budget … more
It’s no surprise to longtime readers of this column that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s not because of the food, although I love turkey as much as the next guy. (White meat, … more
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act President Joe Biden signed this week will bring much needed attention and funds to everything from roads and bridges to broadband and salmon recovery. … more
On Nov. 25, 1972, a man who bought a plane ticket under the name Dan Cooper activated the rear air stairs on a Boeing 727 jetliner somewhere over Southwest Washington and disappeared into … more
I’m not a fan of the mandatory vaccine push, but that doesn’t mean I’m anti-vaccination either.    But I’m a real fan of letting my doctor and I decide if … more
Lewis County has a housing problem. And it’s not just people who are homeless and seeking shelter during a cold, rainy night on one end of the spectrum or a developer not able to find the … more
Now that we know a chemical in our car tires is killing salmon, we have to act urgently to keep it out of the water. Research published last year confirmed that the preservative 6PPD interacts … more
When she dons her long black dress and lacy cap, octogenarian Jean Bluhm of Chehalis adopts the persona of pioneer Mary Adeline (Roundtree) Borst, who crossed the Oregon Trail from Illinois in … more
This week's rebuke of Gov. Jay Inslee by the state Supreme Court is not a matter of politics. It is an important example of the checks and balances that allow the American system of government to … more
It's a tough week for the WA Cares Fund, the state’s stab at a socialized long-term-care program. Yesterday, a class-action lawsuit was filed against the law that created the mandatory program … more
At the Association of Washington Business (AWB) forum last week, the discussion was focused on the recent Federal government mandate for businesses with 100 employees or more to require employees to … more
I recently read a book called “Humankind: A Hopeful History,” and one chapter in particular caught my attention and imagination. It was about the ordinarily uninspiring topic of budgeting, … more
My grandma on my mother’s side had a favorite saying: “what cannot be cured must be endured.” As a child, I never really liked it when she would tell me that because it usually meant I … more
Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or a … more
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