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I don’t put political signs in my yard very often but this go round, it was a no-brainer. Julie Shaffley is clearly more than qualified to retain her seat on the Port of Centralia Commission. As … more
I turned 31 this past September. In our family, we joke that, really, you’re not turning 31 or getting older — you’re just celebrating the 10th anniversary of your 21st birthday.I certainly … more
One of my favorite poems by one of America’s greatest poets is “After Apple-Picking” by Robert Frost. It connects the immediacy of fall harvest with eternal themes of work, yearning and what … more
Assuming that reducing greenhouse gases is an ongoing challenge, we need government policies and the “political will” to turn our nation’s entrepreneurs and researchers loose to take risks and … more
As I sit down to begin writing this week’s column, it’s only the morning after the last of Ken Burns’ eight episode epic on country music and I’m still feeling a bit numb from the emotional … more
The Port of Centralia has always been a significant economic driver in Lewis County and, under Julie Shaffley’s leadership, it has entered its current phase of booming industry. Julie is an active … more
I write in support of the re-election of Port of Centralia Commission President Julie Shaffley.  Julie is a proven and trusted leader — in business and on the Port Commission. Seeing large-scale … more
Have you wondered what happened to the “Centralia Station” project? Do You wonder what happened to the Fred Meyer store that was supposed to come here?I have gone to the Port meetings and asked … more
Typically, I am not inclined to write to the newspaper in support of a candidate. However, a local race has caught my eye. It is not a flashy race, but it is a race that is vital for the future and … more
Incumbent Port of Centralia Commissioner Julie Shaffley has worked tirelessly to bring economic success to Centralia. I have had the pleasure of working with her for many years. Most recently, we … more
In our society’s new culture of disclosure awakened by the national MeToo movement, where deep wounds are publicly exposed and reputations quickly shredded, one cardinal rule should apply:Powerful … more
Once again, some folks take aim at The Chronicle on a controversial issue — blaming the messenger rather than the message.A dedicated newspaper has an obligation to print all the pertinent news, no … more
I have been politically active most of my life. I served three terms as the 20th Legislative District senator. The state law allowing economic ports was supported by politically active citizens of … more
I can’t stand it anymore, I must reply to Doug Findley of Randle (Wake up America). I’m not a great writer or debater but I will try to get my point across. Doug, if you watched FOX news then … more
I recently learned, after a series of emails with the Centralia City Manager regarding the Centralia Police Department, that there is, in fact, no formal police oversight in the City of … more
Like a moonless night in a high mountain wilderness, what is remarkable is the silence and the stillness. Long and self-proclaimed bastion of hard-line opposition to first the Soviet Union and later … more
What a shock and disappointment this week to hear of the death of Dean Dahlin, 68, who for generations has called the meteorological shots for the KELA/KMNT radio stations. Dean was a local … more
Many years ago, a reporter asked George Weyerhaeuser, then CEO of Weyerhaeuser Co., why his company spent so much time and money informing its workers, public officials and people about its business … more
The recent first week of Ken Burns special series on Country Music, shown on Seattle’s PBS Channel 9, probably brought back more than a few memories for a lot of us here in Lewis County. Even yours … more
To clarify, Julie Shaffley is, without a doubt, an excellent choice to retain as Port Commissioner District 2. Under the direction of current board chair, Julie Shaffley, several companies have … more
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