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Great old lyrics as inspiration or celebration? Can I brag a little bit today? Or, I should have asked, “MAY I brag a little today?”  No, I really should have asked if I could … more
Ukraine officially broke from the United Socialist Soviet Republic (USSR) in 1991 and became an independent nation.  The Ukrainian nation has existed independently since that time. Russia, … more
In the normal course of events, Washington lawmakers use a short legislative session to make small mid-term adjustments to the state’s current two-year budget or to tackle any pressing policy … more
Return Alaska to Russia? A month ago, such lunacy wasn’t newsworthy, but after Russia shockingly invaded Ukraine, anything is possible. The assault on Ukraine has been massive and … more
You gotta love the debate over daylight saving time in the current media. Your recent article from The Seattle Times is a prime example. It was titled “Get Ready to Spring Forward: Into … more
People don’t just crash into trains on purpose. Two crashes in two years? An unprecedented insurance denial from four different providers in 2022? Surprisingly, Chehalis-Centralia … more
This letter was originally sent to TransAlta. I haven’t heard anything since submitting the art proposal so have to assume it didn’t qualify for further discussion? I felt that the … more
Like hundreds of parents and grandparents during the past two weeks of March Madness, my husband and I drove across Snoqualmie Pass to Spokane to attend the ninth annual Washington State Championship … more
In a recent conversation with a car dealer in the Dallas area, I was asked who will afford all the electric vehicles that are coming to market in the next several years. Despite all the hype for EVs, … more
Recently, a well meaning individual stated his belief that the true solution to flooding in the Chehalis Basin was simply dredging the entire river. When solving physical problems, belief, feelings … more
In response to Sona Markholt’s Thursday letter concerning the white supremacists at the Onalaska town hall meeting, I would like to point out that her feeling that they should have been run out … more
As someone who collects news of local family-friendly activities like a child collects pretty rocks on the beach, I was surprised and delighted a few weeks ago to stumble upon a new source of … more
Upon learning that white supremacists had invaded his local town hall in Onalaska, the correct response from congressional candidate Joe Kent should have been, "Leave now, you have no place here. I … more
Third Congressional District Republican candidate Joe Kent seems to misunderstand the entire concept of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance. It is a defensive alliance constructed … more
People sometimes ask me how I’ve found something to write about all these years. Regardless of logic, the secret answer is just trying to keep enough room on the desk to hold a cup of … more
I don’t know about you, but this inflation crap is really taking a bite out of daily expenses.  Worse, those responsible don’t seem to have any desire to do anything about it. Either … more
There is an old saying that states “don’t let the ‘perfect’ be the ‘enemy’ of the good.” That is important to remember as we work our way out of the … more
I am writing in response to the Feb. 28 letter from Harry Trent of Centralia suggesting that religiously conservative public school teachers move their careers to private Christian academies. I agree … more
I want to thank Tye Menser for serving as Thurston County commissioner these last four years. I have watched many Tuesday commission meetings and am impressed with his intelligence, patience and … more
At the close of the state legislative session, the team at Valley View Health Center is grateful for state leaders’ investments to our health care system. The last two years have been … more
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