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Editor, As a Yelm Community Schools parent I am urging our community to vote yes for kids in the upcoming levy. Our students are finally recovering from the years of pandemic sacrifices: … more
Editor, Schools do need the funding from the capital gains tax. I disagree with Sen. John Braun’s Feb. 20 commentary titled “Democrats are wrong to use children as defense of … more
Editor, I am appalled at the recent ballots that were received for the primary election. Why do we need to declare on the outside cover whether we are voting Democratic and Republican? Is this … more
Four years ago, I introduced a bill to ban an income tax at any level in our state. It was ignored. Three years ago, Sen. Perry Dozier, the Republican senator who serves Walla Walla County … more
Band-Aid fixes won’t help Washington’s farmers By Pam Lewison Washington Policy Center When a doctor diagnoses cancer, the expectation is a full course of treatment to … more
By Kris Johnson   Recent announcements from U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Derek Kilmer that they will not seek re-election to Congress caught the political world by surprise. … more
The people have a right to know. That was the idea in 1972 when a citizens’ Coalition for Open Government in Washington state successfully worked for the passage of Initiative 276, a … more
In 2017, I wrote a column titled “America needs more welders and fewer philosophers.” It was a slogan Florida Sen. Marco Rubio used in his 2016 presidential campaign to call attention to … more
The Democrats who currently control the Legislature should uphold our state constitution by giving proper attention to Initiative 2109, which would repeal Washington’s capital gains tax. It is … more
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
Editor, For the Nisqually Valley News (NVN) to name Line Roy its 2023 Person of the Year is misplaced at best. Ms. Roy is a public servant and, as such, is paid by Yelm taxpayers as a city … 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
Family, friends and tribal and state leaders recently witnessed the unveiling of a model of the Billy Frank Jr. statue in a ceremony at the state Capitol. The 4-foot-tall model — depicting … 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, On Feb. 13, voters will decide whether Yelm Community Schools should keep its levy, which is a tax of up to $2.50 per $1,000 and makes up 13% of all district funding. I urge voters to … more
Editor, I’m writing in response to Julie McDonald’s guest commentary, Jan. 25. She starts out calling Joe Kent a far-right critic, a MAGA extremist who has ties to Adolf Hitler … 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, Dear Commissioners: As a Thurston County resident residing just east of Yelm, I am writing to express my dismay at the condition of our county roads after the recent snow event. It … 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
Aesop’s fable warns against killing the goose laying golden eggs. The tale’s origins date to 600 B.C. and tell of the greedy farmer who foolishly killed the prized goose to get to the … more
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