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On the news recently, I listened to a story about a Seattle police dog who was fatally stabbed by a robbery suspect. An officer on scene was also injured. If you are a dog lover like me, and you too … more
There’s no doubt about it. The Biden administration is working hard to pay the price for salmon recovery. The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is just an example. We have never seen … more
The first order of business as Washington’s Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state’s new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who … more
As rain pelted the roof Thursday night, I surfed the Internet for news about road closures due to flooding. Despite closure of the Rush Road interchange at Exit 72, I read assurances that closure of … more
After two years of COVID-19, many Washington families and small businesses could use a break. Fortunately, the Washington Legislature has the means to help. State lawmakers have more than $8.6 … more
Two songs came to mind as I thought about the isolation we have all experienced in the last almost two years. One is the Beatles song “Eleanor Rigby” and the other is “Here” … more
When Toyota speaks, car buyers listen. Hopefully, our elected officials will as well.   Toyota is one of the world’s two largest auto and truck manufacturers — twice the size of … more
The police officer who strangled George Floyd is in jail, convicted of third-degree murder, now serving the first of his 22 years. Other officers on the scene that night also face charges. The … more
As Christmas celebrations finished over the weekend, I know that many proud residents will consider it their duty to start taking down their lights and decorations. If not this weekend, something … more
The omicron variant is spreading across the United States at a much more rapid pace than the delta variant, subsequently, causing an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases in countries around the world. … more
One of my favorite Christmas songs is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” While her wish list is fairly simple, my policy Christmas list for Santa is a little more … more
Increasing river flows to wash young salmon to sea works, however, once water goes downstream, it is gone.  What if we could recycle it in key parts of the Columbia River system allowing us to … more
For my own mental health, I have cut back on watching network news for a good while now, limiting myself to just a few minutes each day to catch the headlines. I can say without hesitation it was a … more
We may be approaching the two-year anniversary of the pandemic, but those of us on the frontlines providing long-term care for our most vulnerable populations are still navigating what can feel like … more
A recent study by the University of Washington has shown that Seattle’s $15 minimum wage “did little to offset widening inequality.” This conclusion matches the research done across … more
Hello Thurston County!  I wanted to update you on the COVID-19 pandemic in Thurston County. Over the weekend a case of the omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was identified in Thurston … more
To “Build Back America” people must return to work. In a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll released in early December, the findings spell trouble for America’s employers whether they … more
Throughout Washington, the leaders of local chambers of commerce are busy delivering bags of toys to rural fire departments, enabling the firefighters to play Santa Claus for the children who live in … more
My mom used to say, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.” I never really liked it when she would say that, because I knew she was telling me that the world didn’t work how … more
It’s not every day that the editorial boards of The Seattle Times and CT Publishing, the parent company of the Nisqually Valley News, are on the same page, but we find ourselves in full … more
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