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Gov. Jay Inslee’s end run around the Legislature banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings is a bad idea. Even though the state Legislature adjourned last spring without passing … more
No doubt about it, we’re living through a confusing, uncertain and rancorous time — in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic and attempts to curtail its spread. Take, for … more
With the national media's almost unabated attention to the attempted recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week, several alert readers wrote to ask about something closer to home. That is, … more
Some people wonder, “Why should I get a vaccine or wear a mask when it’s still possible to get COVID-19 if I do?” The answer: Vaccines and masks load the dice in our … more
Julie McDonald’s Sept. 13 column on the Southwest Washington Writers Conference accurately quoted an email I sent her expressing my misgivings about visiting a county with a comparatively low … more
The book “I’m OK — You’re OK” by psychiatrist Thomas Harris published in 1969 is a self-help book and guide to using Dr. Eric Berne’s theory of … more
The Washington state aquaculture community is honoring the life of fish farming pioneer and aquaculture advocate Dan Swecker, who passed away Sept. 1 following a brief illness. Swecker, a … more
This year’s Sept. 11 remembrance fell at a time when America is bitterly divided. It is also a time when we are more acutely worried about where and when terrorists will strike next. Our … more
A recent edition of the Sunday Seattle Times raised that question. It centered around the undeniable evidence that glaciers — at least in our part of the world — are shrinking. We can … more
In a Sept. 4 commentary in The Chronicle, Liv Finne of the Washington Policy Center wrote “the systems and policies of public education have failed, despite the best efforts of teachers and … more
I had the opportunity to meet congressional candidate Joe Kent at a Ridgefield town hall in July. He has three Bronze Stars, 20 years of military experience and was an adviser to President Donald … more
I just read your article reporting that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and (I think) deaths are at all-time highs in Lewis County. This seems like a good time to promote the COVID vaccines. Good … more
We did it! In the midst of a pandemic, we held the Southwest Washington Writers Conference where more than four dozen authors gathered in person Friday and Saturday at Centralia College to learn … more
Like many Americans old enough to remember the fall of Saigon, the video of people being evacuated from Kabul brings back memories of another time and another war. Those memories — along … more
Thank you Sheriff Snaza. Lewis County now has the second highest COVID-19 rate in all the counties in Washington. In a John Wayne movie, Mr. Wayne made a great statement. He said, “life … more
Did you spread misinformation about COVID-19 today? How do you know? You don’t. Scientific study is just like politics in that diverse opinions achieve balance. When we shut down opposing … more
In the midst of all the negativity we hear and read in the media today, I’d like to talk about doors and windows. Why doors and windows? Well, doors and windows are pretty cool. They are a part … more
When I heard that John Penberth died last week, my first thought was how I inadvertently wrote his campaign slogan during his 2004 run for county commissioner. In a news story, I had described … more
News that thousands of evidence kits collected during more than a decade of sexual assault investigations are finally being tested brings two old sayings to mind: — Better late than … more
Shortly before departing England for the Munich Conference in 1938, Neville Chamberlain publicly dismissed the burgeoning crisis in Czechoslovakia as "a quarrel in a faraway country, between people … more
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