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I got scammed a week or so ago. And it was all because of my vanity. I’d received an email from someone with a feminine name and I had assumed she was a sensible reader. The message … more
Hardly any morning goes by without yet another act of violence or tragedy in this country. That, or another act that makes no sense perpetrated by our own government. Some of these are on the … more
As a young teenager, Grietje Klijnsma stood on a Heerenveen street in the northern part of The Netherlands and watched an Allied pilot eject from his airplane, but as he was dangling from his … more
Today, if all goes according to plan, two Chronicle journalists will begin an epic trip down the Chehalis River. Reporter Isabel Vander Stoep and photographer Jared Wenzelberger are beginning … more
It may be because I deal with words that I hate to see them misused. And since I spent so many years in radio, also words that are mispronounced. There’s no excuse for saying … more
Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams with fish passages and … more
Congressional aspirant Joe Kent appeared to side with Vladimir Putin on the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. He attracted a contingent of white nationalists from Idaho for a local town hall meeting … more
As we waited inside Corbet Theatre Saturday evening for the Centralia College production of the musical “Into the Woods” to begin, I perused the program listing the cast members and their … more
PBS recently released a new documentary by Ken Burns focused on Benjamin Franklin. I hadn’t realized Benjamin Franklin and his son William were on opposite sides of the American Revolutionary … more
There are two songs that have been running through my brain this past week. One of them was written in 1938 by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson for a Broadway show called “Knickerbocker … more
Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and farms. It is money … more
Editor’s Note: This is the second installation of a two-part series. Read part one here: … more
When I told friends I was going to see Paul McCartney play in Seattle, I joked that it was a rare opportunity to see the Beatles perform in person. Turns out, there was actually a little truth to … more
Former attorney general and state and national lawmaker Slade Gorton passed away almost two years ago, but like many families who lost loved ones during the time of COVID-19, the Gorton family had to … more
My wife and I just had the good fortune to spend a few days in some sunshine without cellphones or news. There was nothing about the border crisis, nothing about drag queens performing in some school … more
To begin my weekly confession, I recently did one of the most stupid things any old man can do. Before shopping for my groceries, to save time at check out, I made out a check to pay for them … more
As someone who represents a largely rural district and leads a caucus of members who represent most of rural Washington, I have grown increasingly concerned about the Legislature’s inability to … more
A Centralia nonagenarian recently shared with me a thin book his childhood friend published last year about his Army years during the Korean War, “The Lost Two Years: an autobiography” by … more
When those in leadership leave an organization or their community, there is often a feeling of uncertainty as to what lies ahead. But when strong leaders leave an organization, they leave behind a … more
What cartoons do you remember? What Disney or animated movie did you watch over and over and over again? Are you thinking about it? I know I am. Of course, by the 100th time, you could recite every … more
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