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Editor’s Note: Michael Wagar was previously the publisher of Nisqually Valley News. He now resides in Lewis County. This commentary was initially published in the NVN’s sister newspaper, The … more
The dawning of a new year is traditionally a time for personal resolutions, and the first week of 2021 feels like a time when our whole nation needs to take a deep breath and decide which way it … more
A pandemic is no time to raise taxes. While Republicans in the state Legislature would respond to such a statement with an affirmative nod, their colleagues across the aisle will face pressure to … more
Ten months after the arrival of the coronavirus in Washington, the Legislature is convening on Jan. 11 for a new legislative session amid a pandemic that will shape every aspect of the session, from … more
“Don’t waste a crisis.”— Myron F. Weiner, 1976 Every December, I pull together stories of the past year for a family newsletter that I send out as a Christmas card. It’s a fun tradition to … more
While the coronavirus and its devastating effects on people and economies worldwide were unfortunately the top 2020 stories, the massive impact of western wildfires can’t be ignored. It was … more
Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. Try adding a crippling killer virus into that mix. That is the tragic reality of 2020.Even though the traditional … more
Editor’s Note: The following is in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2021-2023 transportation budget. We continue to face uncertain financial times under the shadow of the COVID-19 … more
Mid-December is the time when some people prepare for upcoming holidays by shopping, and some legislators prepare for the upcoming session by proposing bills.Just as Christmas gifts often reflect the … more
Would you believe in the future when a cement truck shows up to pour your foundation or patio, the mixture will likely contain ground-up wind turbine blades?  As a part of a new agreement between GE … more
It's been a very difficult year as we've had to address new hardships, including the closing of businesses, public gathering places and public schools. We have had to adapt to an unprecedented way of … more
It’s time to get rid of the Electron Hydroelectric Dam on the Puyallup River that has been killing salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other fish for more than a century. The dam is so old that it … more
Each day, more and more families are experiencing struggles obtaining food.  During the weeks schools are in session during this pandemic, every student can receive a free breakfast and lunch. … more
Before the Legislature arrives for the 2021 session, some businesses in Washington will already be facing the very real prospect of a 500% tax increase. That’s on day one, before lawmakers even … more
On every Thanksgiving that I can remember, from childhood until parenthood, we travel to spend time with aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents. It is a beloved, if somewhat exhausting, day of … more
One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is dealing with the progress of the 20th century — especially old computers, monitors, cellular phones and televisions. These appliances depend on … more
It’s no secret that airlines and airplane manufacturers have been clobbered by the coronavirus pandemic. Particularly hard hit are international flights traditionally flown by jumbo jets. Borders … more
Last week, the governor made significant unilateral mandates that impact our communities throughout Washington state. The new restrictions did not include a relief plan for working families and small … more
Longtime readers of this column will know that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I am so moved and transformed each year by a season devoted simply to giving thanks and being grateful. Our annual … more
The recent increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths is very concerning. I feel for those who are sick and those who have lost loved ones. I also worry about the capacity of our healthcare facilities to … more
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