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Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature agree our state needs more places for people to live. A lot more. It doesn’t matter much whether they’re single-family homes or structures … more
Longtime readers of The Chronicle will no doubt remember Bob Hansen, whose observational slice-of-life columns brought his wry, good-natured humor to our community for five years in the early … more
Winlock Mayor Brandon Svenson made it into the basic law enforcement academy originally sponsored by the City of Toledo in 2022. Chief Sam Patrick signed Mr. Svenson's form 1270 that a thorough … more
Three years after crooks stole billions in unemployment insurance (UI) funds, federal and state officials are scrambling to retrieve the money which was directed to the jobless and plug leaks in … more
I was just thinking that the only way we can know how far we’ve come is by looking back on where we’ve been.  That’s hardly a profound statement, but it’s the best I … more
As first stewards on the front lines of climate change, treaty tribes have been sounding the alarm for more than a decade about low oxygen levels in the ocean and the Salish Sea. My mentor, former … more
It is with considerable appreciation that I wish to take this belated opportunity to thank the 19 businesses and 13 individuals that made last month’s Christmas party for Lewis County Drug … more
On Sept. 8, 2022, I attended a Boistfort Community Meeting hosted by Lewis County District 2 Commissioner Lindsey Pollock.  The focus of the meeting was a proposal before the county … more
It was good to see a positive letter from the local conservative leader. Our liberal friends are constantly airing their opinions and complaints in print. Even our self-named curmudgeon columnist … more
There’s lots of talk in our Legislature and in the other Washington about rent control, renter’s bill of rights and what to do about homelessness. I believe these types of actions, … more
Letter writer Marty Ansley missed the mark in his Jan. 30 letter concerning shootings in this country.  He seems to feel that the NRA and gun ownership are the reasons for all of these … more
The Washington State Legislature is once again trying to strongarm most all Washington cities into giving up local control over land use, density and zoning decisions.  Two bills have just … more
Do you believe women pursuing a college education can impair their fertility? Today, such a notion sounds absurd, but that was a prevailing myth dispelled only after a small group of college … more
Almost 750 people were killed in vehicle accidents across our state in 2022. That’s the highest number in the past 30 years. Are you concerned? You should be if you or your loved ones travel on … more
Three killed in a random Yakima shooting early Tuesday. Seven in Half Moon Bay, California, on Monday. Eleven in Monterey Park, California, last Saturday. I am old enough to remember a time when gun … more
Ramifications from Vladimir Putin’s misbegotten invasion of Ukraine continue to burgeon and multiply, especially in the Far East. Russia’s armed incursion rapidly intensified concerns … more
Recently, I tried to evaluate my year as president of the Centralia School Board and what I may have learned during my 81 years that would help me assist Superintendent Dr. Lisa Grant and the board … more
I have lived, worked and retired in Napavine, and it is a tight knit community. If I want something to do after supper, I go up to the high school. I will watch a Tiger team — be it volleyball, … more
Discrimination hurts everyone. We should encourage, not discourage efforts to promote empathic communities.  “Don’t tread on me” is not a caring motto, but sums up columnist … more
The Chronicle’s “News Dump” podcast is a treasure-trove of insight for those interested in a behind-the-scenes look at what is happening in our community. As a bonus, it is also an … more
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