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Ever since gas prices shot into the stratosphere, I’ve been hearing a chorus of apologists declare that elected officials aren’t responsible for high gas prices. Well, I happen to be … more
I am reading, for the third time, a book called “Credibility, How Leaders Gain and Lose it” by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.  My last column was focused on character. … more
Remember how state government had a $15 billion budget surplus during this year’s legislative session? At the time, I and other Republicans said some of that should be returned to the people, … more
Fifty years after his birth in 1825 in Germany, Joseph Salzer settled nearly 5,300 miles away in a valley 3 miles southeast of Centralia that now bears his name. He and his wife, Anna Marie, … more
Due perhaps to the dawning realization that they are losing, school choice opponents are now claiming, in desperation, that using vouchers as a tool to provide children with an education is racist. … more
Dear Centralia, When did the Fourth of July become the Third of July? A big crew of friends and family headed down here for an old fashioned Independence Day and discovered all the events … more
There is a concerted effort for a constitutional convention on term limits. Let’s face it. Politics was never seen as a career by our founding fathers. George Washington refused a third … more
When Joe Biden was elected, we were assured that the adults were back in charge. We were sold the bill of goods that this person with 40-plus years of governmental experience would restore and … more
In regards to all the cougar sightings in Lewis County, when is the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife going do the math? They claim a cougar will kill a deer every nine days. Multiply that … more
We’re hitting our stride in Lewis County with the annual summer parade and festival season. Our diverse agricultural heritage has given us a wonderful range of events that directly tie to … more
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is creating a statewide Organized Retail Crime Theft Task Force. It remains to be seen whether it will make progress or become just one more committee … more
Growing up, many of us heard home ownership was an essential part of the “American Dream.” I still believe that to be true. It is part of a family’s retirement planning, security … more
When our friends in Great Britain open their eyes in the morning, many parts of their day look a lot like what we see here in Washington. The Association of Washington Business led a trade mission … more
One of these days our weather will settle down and behave itself the way it used to. Remember? For instance, the lady who used to own the mobile home I now inhabit had planted a good supply of … more
As the nation’s bicentennial celebration approached in 1976, members of the Salzer Valley Homemakers decided to reopen the historic one-room school so local fourth graders could see how their … more
I read with amusement the article in the June 30 edition of The Chronicle about Centralia City Attorney Shannon Murphy-Olson essentially scolding citizens for not mowing their lawns and citing the … more
In one decision, the Supreme Court has taken away millions of Americans’ freedom of choice, aided and abetted by the Republicans who appointed them. The decision is tragic. But nothing is so … more
It amazes me that the “powers-to-be" are citing video games, broken homes, mental illness and guns for the mass shootings that we’ve been experiencing for some years now and seemingly … more
Whether a volunteer or draftee, each and every veteran signed a document agreeing to sacrifice his or her life during service for the United States of America. That makes a veteran different … more
“Summertime, and the living is easy...” — George and Ira Gershwin   I’m a bit of a contrarian when it comes to summer. I’m happy with overcast and … more
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