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I’m writing in response to Professor Greg Gilbertson’s Aug. 4 letter to The Chronicle opposing mask mandates at Centralia College. Like Greg, I’ve been teaching at the college for … more
When I spoke with Lewis County Commissioner Lindsey Pollock a week ago, she said commissioners are extra cautious about commenting on a topic when it might be perceived as violating the Open Public … more
In recent weeks, the Chehalis School Board has faced criticism on a pair of topics it has little control over: critical race theory and state-mandated language on inclusion for students, including … more
I received an email from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Puget Sound Health Care System, a couple of days before The Chronicle’s article regarding the closure of the Chehalis Veterans … more
I read the comments from Coralee and Chad Taylor on July 30 in which they described their work with The Chronicle and their simple statement of gratitude to Jenifer LaFromboise Falcon for her … more
Lewis County has a housing shortage. As elected officials, we are assisting an effort to find solutions to the whole housing pipeline — how we shelter people lacking housing, how to move … more
I hope many of you have had a chance to visit the Lewis County Historical Museum and its new exhibit on our area’s most noteworthy women, past and present. For those of you who missed last … more
For 22 years, it has been my privilege to be a member of this community. I have had the honor of knowing many of you and your children as my students at Centralia College. Like you, I have struggled … more
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler can spare me the lecture on “partisan power grabs that would undermine the legitimacy of the judiciary.” Because that’s exactly what has already … more
I am writing regarding columnist Michael Wagar's critical race theory opinion piece from July 10. I agree the protests and outrage are a red herring pushed by the right.  Mr. Wagar states, … more
I found the past article interesting that was posted on Saturday, July 10, on the retirement of Centralia College administrator Steve Ward. Granted, Mr. Ward has had a hand in forming a far more … more
No amount of money can bring back the half million Americans who have died as a result of the opioid epidemic. But the proposed settlements by the corporations that helped fuel the crisis make a … more
Just 20 years ago, 99% of all households had a telephone landline. Never in our wildest dreams could we conceive that cellphones would replace 70% of these now ancient landlines.    I … more
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were billed as the “Hydrogen Olympics!” Then along came COVID-19 and sporting events worldwide were put on hold. The summer games were delayed until 2021. … more
Lewis County Manager Erik Martin provided answers to questions I posed last week about the gravel mining operation on Mandy Road near Toledo that neighbors say makes their lives miserable. The … more
I was just daydreaming about what I’d do if I  swere Charles Foster Kane and I could buy the paper. I thought it might be fun to share my top five ideas, presented here in reverse order … more
I was pleased to see the Lewis County Historical Museum open a new exhibit on some of the noteworthy women in our community, both past and present. The honorees include people who made national … more
If you’ve read the printed editions of The Chronicle this week, you’ve likely noticed that our newspaper is a bit heavier than many have become accustomed to in the past year. … more
Growing up, my dad worked in the logging industry and it wasn’t uncommon in the winter due to snow, or in the summer due to fire, for him to be laid off.  When that happened, he’d … more
I woke up recently thinking about an event that occurred over 80 years ago.  If I can remember correctly, it was when I was in about the fourth grade at the small parochial school I attended. … more
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