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It's a great day in Washington. As I write this, our Seattle Mariners have a winning record and T-Mobile Stadium is now fully back open for fans as widespread vaccinations are helping us slowly … more
Washington’s long delay to reopening has seemed very arbitrary. There isn’t anything scientific about June 30 in the fight against COVID, but hitting that date on the calendar is the … more
COVID-weary Washingtonians of all backgrounds can lay aside their differences this week as our state emerges from a 15-month, multi-phase lockdown. We'll gladly mark the June 30 milestone with the … more
A few years ago, I wrote about the Bataan Death March in World War II as a prime example of man’s inhumanity to man. Later, I wrote about atrocities on both sides in the Spanish-American … more
How about some good news coming out of our record-breaking extreme heat wave? Luckily, we live and work in the Pacific Northwest and are reaping the benefits from our well-connected power grid, … more
As snow flurries clouded the sky one winter night in early 1932, residents of Onalaska heard an unusual sound amid the quiet snowfall and, looking up, saw an airplane circling above in the frigid … more
Gov. Jay Inslee's extension of a statewide eviction moratorium expands an overly broad policy and ignores legislation passed this year to balance the needs of renters and landlords. Inslee last … more
Former Rep. Matt Shea, who opted not to run for re-election to the Legislature last year, is gone but not forgotten at the state Capitol in Olympia. Christian conservatives doubtless remember him … more
Greetings, fellow citizens. We have all been through a very tough year and a half dealing with the pandemic. We are now close to emerging out of this and soon to be returning back to normal … more
I was at a social function this past week and struck up a conversation with an old acquaintance. She owns several rentals in the Twin Cities, a home and a getaway home on the ocean. She is having … more
This was a great week in Lewis County and beyond. Sunshine was on our shoulders at the first big community festivals of the year, as crowds enjoyed Egg Days in Winlock and Swede Day in Rochester. … more
I wasn’t originally going to write a column this week at all due to grandkids, summer activities and Father’s Day, but then I went to the funeral mass for former District Court Judge Mike … more
When I wrote a column to honor Father’s Day last week, there was one item sitting in my files that I have wanted to write about for some time.  Even though this item was about my … more
Beginning in January 2022, all Washington workers will pay 58 cents per $100 of their earnings to fund the Long-Term Care Trust Act (LTCTA). There is no limit to how much you will contribute to the … more
As Father’s Day approached, I reflected on how much I miss my dad. My father was a Korean War veteran who never talked about the war. He was a jovial man with a tremendous sense of humor. He … more
We are already halfway through the year, so here is a mid-year summary of what has been going on at the Port of Chehalis in 2021. We started the year with a bang by making the biggest property … more
In nine years as governor, Jay Inslee has signed some 2,800 pieces of legislation and vetoed about 50, so you would think by now he'd have the process down of deciding which things should become law … more
In our zeal to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind and solar generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from rivers, lakes and … more
“Early one mornin', I took me a notion To go out a-fishin' in the middle of the ocean ...” — Woody Guthrie, “Talkin’ Fishin’ Blues”   There … more
“Man Drowns Near Bellevue After Trying to Rescue a Child Who Had Fallen Off a Sailboat” was the headline posted on Chronline.com on Friday. On Wednesday, the man was trying to rescue … more
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