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I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to read a piece of legislation, but often they are a painfully incoherent collection of legalese and big words most of us can’t make heads or tails … more
I’m told Clark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown had strong opinions about the new state laws that are forcing major changes in how law-enforcement officers do their jobs.  As a … more
I read with interest both letters in the Saturday Chronicle: the one from Andrew Boehm and the one from Ann Bhagwandin.  Those letters made me think back to when I was a child, and my father … more
Since the modern version of the Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece, in 1896, the Games have been held at regular four-year intervals, the only exceptions being during the two world wars. Until … more
I am asking the Washington GOP to please stop fighting Gov. Jay Inslee’s health measures. There have been no measures to fight COVID-19 coming from the Washington Republicans, only these … more
Time is short, but action is necessary. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who control the state Legislature need to postpone implementing the sweeping “Long-Term Services and Supports Trust … more
I’m not a cat person. I never have been, probably in large part because I’m allergic to furry felines, or more accurately, their dander. We always owned dogs but never cats. That is, … more
Hello Thurston County! I hope you are finding ways to stay cool in this hot weather we are having this week. On Aug. 12, I issued a masking directive for Thurston County and joined health officers … more
As long as vaccines have existed, people have been suspicious of both the shots and those who administer them. The first vaccine in America was for smallpox in the late 1700s. This first vaccine … more
To our community leaders, especially Peter Abarno, Ed Orcutt, Sean Swope and Rob Snaza: I am severely disappointed in your leadership and I voted for most of you! Each and every one of you have … more
Editor’s Note: Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, and House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, issued the following statement in response to insistence from Democrats that … more
I began the week feeling like a guy who conquered a mountain. The Fire District 5 property tax levy in my home area of rural Napavine south of Chehalis was passing by a single vote. I’m a … more
British author Diana Wynne Jones once said: "If you take myth and folklore, and these things that speak in symbols, they can be interpreted in so many ways that although the actual image is clear … more
My friends on the right celebrated when Spiffy’s stood up against COVID-19 safety precautions enforced by the state while, on the left, they celebrated Spiffy’s closure this past week … more
I would like to remind one person of a historical reality that she either refuses to believe or just doesn’t care about in this day of cancel culture. I’m referencing the letter … more
Uppers and downers seemed to follow each other over last weekend. They started with a “downer” when the column I had submitted for last Thursday had already been used. Chalk it up … more
There is no doubt the issue dominating the news and our email inboxes is the governor’s recent vaccination mandate, issued on Aug. 9. We share the concern many constituents in the 20th … more
When we talk about how to recover salmon, the math should be simple. The protection of existing habitat plus restoration of degraded habitat should equal a net gain in ecosystem function, leading to … more
Back in May, Gov. Jay Inslee celebrated a big win on climate legislation as he signed into law two bills meant to reduce the state's carbon emissions. But before doing so, he vetoed key provisions in … more
For over 50 years, Community Health Centers (CHCs) have been key to ensuring everyone can access affordable, quality healthcare, during and beyond the pandemic. They are locally run, yet part of a … more
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