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On behalf of the men and women of the Centralia Police Department, I would like to say thank you to the community members in and around Centralia for helping protect our community during last … more
Recently, my office issued a legislative mailer to citizens about two deeply flawed laws that are hindering the police in Washington. In it, I referenced the tragic murder of Clark County Sheriff … more
“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo   Driving around as our communities dry out from the flood, I’ve noticed that more homes than … more
“Centralia Man Accused of Attacking Grocery Store Employees with Knife” “Suspects Sought in Centralia ATM Explosion” “Man Killed in Chehalis Stabbing; 12-Year-Old … more
It seems to me that developing the floodplain along Interstate 5 does more harm than good for the community. The water that would have flooded those areas has to go somewhere. I'm not a … more
HB 1772 is the Legislature’s attempt to rein in the governor’s emergency powers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Webster’s dictionary defines emergency as … more
I recently finished writing a column for this space, but when I had a good night’s sleep to think about it, I decided to just stash it away in my old World War II vintage Army file cabinet and … more
On the news yesterday, I listened to a story about a Seattle police dog who was fatally stabbed by a robbery suspect. An officer on scene was also injured. If you are a dog lover like me, and you too … more
As rain pelted the roof Thursday night, I surfed the Internet for news about road closures due to flooding. Despite closure of the Rush Road interchange at Exit 72, I read assurances that closure of … more
Thankful is one of the first words to come out of my mouth while discussing the January 2022 flood. Thankful the flooding was not worse. Thankful to the countless volunteers and state, county and … more
The University of Washington projected that a major flood occurs in Lewis County every 15 years. On Dec. 3, 2007, a catastrophic flood hit Lewis County with water up to 18 feet above the Chehalis … more
Even with Christmas now past, I thought of this brief message from my friend and mentor, Rev. Robert Beckman, worthy of some serious consideration any day of the year, perhaps especially during these … more
I would like to introduce Brent Hennrich to the people of Lewis County and the 3rd Congressional District. I have seen many campaign signs around for Joe Kent, a few for Heidi St. John and only one … more
Kamala Harris likens Jan. 6 to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Where was she at either date that she should make such a foolish statement? I remember Pearl Harbor. I was 8 years old, and I cried for the young … more
The first order of business as Washington’s Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state’s new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who … more
House Speaker Laurie Jinkins made an interesting comment recently about emergency powers during the Seattle CityClub legislative preview.  When asked about emergency powers reform, the … more
First, a disclaimer: If you love going to the gym and it keeps you in shape, that’s great. Keep doing that. This column isn’t for you. Go read a listicle about the best protein powders … more
Have you ever seen, heard or watched something that you’re sure will either bore you to death or maybe even test your ability to hold back your last meal only to find that it’s nothing … more
Sometimes you read something that sounds so silly, you’re certain it’s a hoax.  In this case, I received an email from someone I trust, but even then, in the back of my mind I … more
My education at the University of Washington proved as much of a learning experience outside the classroom as inside. During my first year, a conservative Catholic from Vancouver, I met my zany … more
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