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When Third District U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez said on a podcast that “nobody stays awake at night worrying about the Southern border,” the words appalled attorney Leslie Lewallen, … more
Although the Washington state Republican Party has officially endorsed Joe Kent in the race for Third Congressional District, lifelong Republican Leslie Lewallen said she’s a better choice if … more
I love to read; I especially enjoy reading history. A while back, I wrote about who is the real Lone Ranger. You can find it somewhere on the Chronicle’s website if you are interested. In that … more
Editor’s Note: Columnist Julie McDonald previously wrote a three-part series based on an interview with Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent. That series, and the first two parts of her … more
Editor’s Note: Columnist Julie McDonald previously wrote a three-part series based on an interview with Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent. That series, and the first part of her … more
People of my generation and a bit younger probably remember Aesop’s fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.” The moral it taught was that living in poverty with security is … more
By Julie McDonald For The Nisqually Valley News Thirteen-year-old Bill Murdock’s district sales manager called on a Sunday in early December. The Oregon Journal printed a special … more
While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day that … more
Do you want to be successful in life? Are you risk averse? Let me share one of the grea test truths in life: If you are not willing to take risks, you will never grow, change or get out of … more
I recently learned that the old saying, “it’s too good to be true” doesn’t account for something important: scams don’t go through the intelligent, thinking part of your … more
President Biden’s $65 billion infrastructure bill contains $8 billion for regional hubs to develop ways to produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. One is planned for the Pacific Northwest and … more
The Interstate 405 and state Highway 167 toll lane experiment is losing money. Now, the state Transportation Commission is considering increasing tolls by up to 80% to $18 each way on I-405. The … more
After decades of work and millions of dollars of restoration work, one of our region’s threatened salmon runs is showing encouraging signs of recovery — summer chum that return to the … more
On July 26, 1945, after news spread across the island of Tinian in the Marianas, Navy Seabee Clarence Piper joined others to see the USS Indianapolis, a nearly 600-foot-long Portland-class heavy … more
When Japanese bombers attacked U.S. Navy ships at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Clarence Piper was a high school sophomore visiting his uncle in the hills of Oregon and read about the attack in the … more
While media focus was on Joe Biden’s decree putting a tiny plot of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) off limits to oil and gas exploration, reporters ignored the bigger … more
I am an optimist. I know this about myself. I always try to look at a situation from a “glass half full” perspective. I try to find the middle ground in most issues I write about. … more
As the world becomes increasingly dynamic and interconnected, the importance of making informed decisions about education, training and employment has never been more evident. Yelm Community Schools … more
There is an axiom: Don’t let “the perfect” get in the way of the good! That is important to remember when it comes to improving our air quality. While climate activists want to … more
Our shared natural resources are our shared responsibility. Following federal Judge Edward Rafeedie’s 1994 ruling in U.S. v. Washington, state and tribal co-managers have a legal … more
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