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Whatever the Supreme Court had to say about abortion, there was bound to be controversy. But I wish everyone with an opinion about the draft ruling in the Dobbs case would take a few minutes to sit … more
I love summertime in Yelm. There’s something about the mountain coming out more and more often, the flowers blooming, the blue sky (OK, maybe not the blue sky this year … yet). It all … more
Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, economies in the industrial world were moving along fairly smoothly. There were reliable supply chains with “just in time” component arrivals, … more
It’s hard to prepare for the future if you’re only checking the rearview mirror. That’s why the AWB Institute has launched a new tool called FutureCast that provides employers, … more
It is very hard to believe that the school year started nine months ago, but at the same time, it seems that we blinked and June was here. Back in September, our focus was on understanding where our … more
As an education fanboy, I often have opportunities to advise young people about their education options. As an educator at heart, I take these opportunities seriously, and I have given the question … more
We are more. I found this saying by Brian Stevenson, Equal Justice Project, in his book “Just Mercy” (there’s also a film by the same name starring Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie … more
Hardly any morning goes by without yet another act of violence or tragedy in this country. That, or another act that makes no sense perpetrated by our own government. Some of these are on the … more
A proposed dam on the Chehalis River is a threat not only to salmon recovery, but also our treaty rights. It’s a step in the wrong direction as the rest of the region has moved into an era … more
Before the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, factory workers were humming along assembling products just after components were delivered.  It was called “just-in-time” production. … more
Our COVID-19 transmission rates continue to rise and we are seeing an increased number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Thurston County. On May 19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) … more
PBS recently released a new documentary by Ken Burns focused on Benjamin Franklin. I hadn’t realized Benjamin Franklin and his son William were on opposite sides of the American … more
Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray have their priorities backward when it comes to rebuilding Snake River salmon and steelhead runs. Instead of focusing on ripping out dams with fish passages and … more
If you and I have ever met, you know that I love my community. I love how Yelm (and the areas that surround it) is full of kind, generous, hardworking people. I love the businesses in it, how they … more
Former attorney general and state and national lawmaker Slade Gorton passed away almost two years ago, but like many families who lost loved ones during the time of COVID-19, the Gorton family had to … more
As the last month of the school year approaches, students and families may be turning their attention to much-needed summer activities, trips or the other fun things we get to do. For the school … more
Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and farms. It is money … more
The soaring inflation rate has turned trips to the gas station, grocery store, shopping mall and restaurants into nerve-wracking experiences. Not to mention buying a used car or a sheet of plywood. … more
No one in the Pacific Northwest is exempt from the impacts of climate change. Rising global temperatures are intensifying floods, droughts and warming waters. Last summer’s heat dome led to … more
As someone who represents a largely rural district and leads a caucus of members who represent most of rural Washington, I have grown increasingly concerned about the Legislature’s inability to … more
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