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When I heard about plans for spreading biosludge on Layton Prairie, I cringed. For more than three decades, I listened to my sister-in-law Linda Zander recount the dangers of human waste spread … more
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has generated a global response and nearly universal outrage at the unprovoked action. It also has illuminated differences between local congressional candidates. … more
We are Washington state’s future. We’re the next set of business executives, health care professionals, computer scientists, educators and innovators. We have clear goals for ourselves … more
What sad news to read about the passing of former longtime Chehalis City Manager Dave Campbell. He died of cancer at age 68 with his family by his side.  Public employees sometimes get a bad … more
Legislation that is terrible for most of Washington is motoring through the state Legislature as the end of the 2022 session draws near. It’s the so-called “Move Ahead … more
If you’ve lived in Western Washington for any length of time, I think I’m safe in saying that this is a time of frustration for you. We’ve had snatches and pieces of just enough … more
When President Joe Biden outlines his response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine at Tuesday's State of the Union address, he should talk about something Americans are often loathe to hear: sacrifice. … more
Last week, I shared the story of Civil War veteran Daniel Shaner who was wounded in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House and later served as a bodyguard to President Abraham Lincoln as part of the … more
The mountain of money keeps getting bigger. In mid-February, state officials released the latest economic forecast, and it showed revenue up again, this time to the tune of $2.8 billion. … more
Every public opinion survey taken lately shows that a majority of Americans believe our country is on the wrong track. We are frustrated with COVID-19 and the government’s response, … more
For several years I compiled “From the Files of The Chronicle,” a today-in-history column that was a fascinating scroll and stroll through our community’s history. What a treat it … more
The Washington Senate last week opted for milquetoast legislation to curb the power of the governor. Rather than adding some balance to the checks on executive power, the legislation would have … more
It’s only fitting during the Presidents’ Day celebration to highlight a Mossyrock connection to one of the greatest presidents who ever lived — Abraham Lincoln, who was born … more
When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around next month on March 17, the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is still clean and green. Now, it is spending $15 million to bring visitors back. … more
An unfortunate theme developed in Olympia over the past decade. The theme is “we know better than you.” The theme presented itself recently in a marathon floor session in the state House … more
State lawmakers were right last year to honor the late Billy Frank Jr.'s legacy with a statue in the nation's capitol. They should follow through by installing a similar statue in Washington's … more
Washington's state government is awash in cash. As legislators prepare a supplemental budget, we offer a gentle reminder: Just because you have money, that doesn't mean you have to spend it. On … more
Don't get too excited about Tuesday's Senate vote to put a check on the governor's emergency powers. SB 5909 does very little to change the status quo in Washington state. That's why the … more
Did you have a favorite toy growing up? One that you slept with? Do you still have it? Why do children grow attached to certain toys? What do they mean to children and to us?  The fact is, as … more
The Legislature is in full swing, and really the only question I have is: What new spending, new agencies or confusing laws and regulations can they come up with in Olympia this year? I read … more
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