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Sex trafficking is a growing problem across Washington.  Our state ranks in the top 15 states with active human trafficking cases, most of which are sex trafficking cases, with 3.49 cases per … more
After last week, I wonder what Lewis County commissioners do to justify the $90,900 annual salary they draw. As our elected officials, I considered commissioners the people to contact when you … more
This week dozens of parents expressed concern for a new “gender-inclusive schools” policy adopted by the Chehalis School Board. The board members, saying they had no choice under state … more
I have always been fascinated by space, the universe and what really exists “out there.”  I watched Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” more than a dozen times. I read books. … more
As a new board year begins for the Twin Cities Rotary Club, it’s with heavy hearts and immense pride that we reflect back on the members lost in the previous year and the legacy they leave … more
I’m sure you’ve deduced from the headline that this column consists of a jumble of items gathered from various sources including my own thought processes. I could have called it a … more
In his July 17 letter to the editor, Joel Muenchau refers to me variously as a racist, as obsessed with white supremacy, as afflicted with  "white guilt" and ultimately as an extremist. … more
As a master's prepared nurse, a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter and a granddaughter, I urge you to actively support universal health care. The evidence that a single-payer system would both save … more
I cannot fathom the mental gymnastics it takes to be in favor of “my body, my choice” until it has to do with making a certain type of health care decision that’s best for us, and … more
Here are some of my thoughts about TransAlta giving the closed mine property to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife as a wildlife refuge. 1. A wildlife refuge would be a strong tourist … more
As a proud Republican and Donald Trump supporter, I find it alarming that Gov. Jay Inslee calls Trump voters “bioreactor facilities” spreading COVID-19 in Washington. Also, Inslee implied … more
This last legislative session has proven once again that when it comes to solving problems, using an axe when a scalpel would be the correct tool is just business as usual in Olympia. When I went … more
When it comes to being an elected county commissioner, protecting your rights and the interests of Lewis County is always at the forefront of my job. And when you consider that I am the elected … more
Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. Washington State Chief Historian John Hughes. James L. Rubart, a member of the Christy Award Hall of Fame. Melanie Dobson, winner of five Carol … more
As a senior, I am well aware that we must find a way to lower the cost of prescription drugs. But I am also strongly opposed to government price controls on prescription medications that limit … more
House Bill 1310 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee in May.  As a side note to my discussion here, I will be the first to say that we still have a problem in our society around the stigma … more
Some advice for politicians of both parties, liberal and conservative commentators and social media posters: Before you make a comparison between something happening today and Nazi Germany, think … more
What a difference a year makes. As Washington emerges from the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges facing many employers is finding enough qualified workers. It’s a dramatic shift … more
As I drove home from work in Olympia on Wednesday, I was a little surprised to see fire crews responding to a wildfire in the brush alongside the freeway in the urban area across the interstate from … more
Winlock Mayor Brandon Svenson’s recent comments in the July 13 Board of Lewis County Commissioners meeting stated: “Just last month a proclamation was passed that seemed effortless … more
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