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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
With students returning to college campuses, it is time to consider other ways for them to pay for tuition, books and living expenses. Too often, they resort to borrowing. Now, student loan … more
Inflation is cooling but gas prices are spiking. Mortgage rates rose above 7% in August for the first time in 22 years, and they might not be done going up. Fears of an imminent recession have … more
My name is Mikhail. I’m a believer, an American citizen, life-long conservative, husband and father, and I was born in Ukraine. For the last eight years I’ve regularly traveled to the … more
I am very excited to be joining Yelm Community Schools as your new superintendent. After spending over 25 years serving students in Olympia and Tumwater, I feel honored to be part of the amazing … more
Growing up in the 1960s, our parents blamed everything on “The Beatles.”  According to them, they were “the punks” from Liverpool who caused all the teenagers to go … more
More than 80 years ago, when the Japanese attacked U.S. battleships at Pearl Harbor, men throughout the nation rushed to enlist in the military to fight the nation’s enemies. But to win that … more
Editor’s Note: This is the third and final installment of columnist Julie McDonald’s interview with Third Congressional District candidate Joe Kent. Parts one and two can be found at … more
My mentor Billy Frank Jr. always said that it’s going to take all of us working together to recover salmon.   He also said, “Tell the truth.”   The truth is that … more
The good news is this state’s cherry crop looks good — a marked improvement over 2022. It is sweetening our farm economy, especially for cherry growers who have struggled over the last … more
Those are poignant words from the movie “Sound of Freedom,” based on the true story of Homeland Security Agent Tim Ballard, who arrested pedophiles purchasing children for sex and then … more
Nine middle school students stood on a stage and listened as Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs asked them a series of questions about the inner workings of our system of government.   … more
This column was first printed in The Chronicle in July 2009, and it began with this line: “The other day (all right, so it will be ‘the other week’ by the time you read this), I had … more
The real impact of higher gas prices is not only felt at the pump. The real impact of higher gas prices is felt at the kitchen table. It is kitchen table issues such as the cost of food, utilities … more
Reflecting on the state of discourse in our society, I am reminded of the invaluable virtue of engaging in conversations that challenge our perspectives. In an era where opinions often clash, it … more
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