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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
Douglas fir and cedar trees tower over visitors to the Cowlitz Ridge Tree Farm, a sustainable family forest near Toledo managed by the Stinson family for five decades. Once felled, those trees float … more
For years, Washington state masked its high business and regulatory costs with low priced, reliable electricity — lots of it. However, Tennessee packages low cost, reliable electricity along … more
I saw a great headline this week: “New Zealand held a contest for Bird of the Year. The birds lost.” The story was accompanied by a picture of a bat. To be precise, it was the New … more
More than a year-and-a-half into the pandemic, it’s clear that Washington manufacturers are contending with two issues that appear likely to remain with us for some time: supply chain … more
Lewis County is a remarkable place. Maybe it’s our rural roots or our past experiences rallying together to overcome catastrophe; but people here know how to come together and support one … more
The election Tuesday and the slate of candidates who put themselves out there for consideration is a good sign for our future, especially when it’s qualified people with good will and not an … more
My husband and I enjoyed seeing Halloween-decorated classic cars, creative costumes and cute little kids collecting candy Saturday afternoon as we joined a throng of thousands of people at Veterans … more
The Lewis County Commission and Gov. Jay Inslee have big decisions to make as they look at how to fill two key empty positions, one for our county and one for our state. Fortunately, there are two … more
The tragic passing of Lewis County Commissioner Gary Stamper triggered the application of an article in the Washington state constitution that spells out the process a county must follow to replace … more
One thing that has interested me in the 60 years or so since I moved into Lewis County is the number of small communities that thrived for a while and then disappeared, many — if not most … more
Of all the answers to questions posed by The Chronicle Editorial Board during a series of local election debates, none were more puzzling than one offered by Port of Centralia Commission challenger … more
Pursuing public office requires courage. It means your private life is in many cases no longer private, that your past mistakes could be used against you and that those brave enough to put their … more
Under a hot summer sun in August, my stepdaughter and I discussed which dates would work best for us to watch a Washington State University Cougar home football game. My daughter plays clarinet in … more
The 75th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials went by with hardly a mention in November 2020. Now, in 2021, 76 years later, the lessons of Nuremberg should be remembered and … more
As the COVID-19 pandemic winds down and the rest of our country returns to life as normal, Washington state has emerged as a leader in oppression.  Nearly 2,000 state government employees got … more
Pretty much every day we’re reading about people either being fired or quitting over the mandatory vaccination measures.  And at least here in Washington, as I’ve read, they will … more
Last Thursday’s edition of The Chronicle started wheels spinning in this old writer’s brain about dreams for our future.  The article was about the sale of a property oldtimers … more
Washington's eviction moratorium has been a lifeline for many renters throughout the coronavirus pandemic. But for the good of landlords and as a step toward normalizing the economy, Gov. Jay Inslee … more
Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota was never a darling of conservatives; however, in his later years he shocked fellow Democrats by his outspoken backing for streamlining government regulations and … more
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