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For two years, we’ve waited. We’ve watched the news, we’ve shopped online, we’ve missed birthdays, holidays and gatherings. But what about what we’ve missed as a … more
Cracker Jack announced last week the 126-year-old company will be packaging special-edition Cracker Jill snacks to support American female athletes through the Women’s Sports Foundation — … more
Sunflowers are to Ukraine what tulips are to western Washington. During the blooming season, both are spectacular and represent the best in the people who cultivate and visit those fields. In late … more
Looking back at the 2022 state legislative session, it’s hard not to be disappointed at the missed opportunities. Yes, lawmakers accomplished some things that are good for the economy, like … more
With COVID-19 vaccines widely dispensed and masking requirements mostly lifted, will “work from home” end? Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Probably … more
Longtime readers of this column might have noticed that I seem to have a fondness for colorful characters, especially those who run for public office. It’s true. I’m fascinated by … more
Ukraine officially broke from the United Socialist Soviet Republic (USSR) in 1991 and became an independent nation. The Ukrainian nation has existed independently since that time. Russia, many … more
In the normal course of events, Washington lawmakers use a short legislative session to make small mid-term adjustments to the state’s current two-year budget or to tackle any pressing policy … more
People sometimes ask me how I’ve found something to write about all these years. Regardless of logic, the secret answer is just trying to keep enough room on the desk to hold a cup of coffee. … more
Return Alaska to Russia? A month ago, such lunacy wasn’t newsworthy, but after Russia shockingly invaded Ukraine, anything is possible. The assault on Ukraine has been massive and … more
Last week, Washington’s mask mandate came to an end. The week also marked two years since the global COVID-19 pandemic really hit home. It’s a good time to examine what the heck just … more
There is an old saying that states “don’t let the ‘perfect’ be the ‘enemy’ of the good.” That is important to remember as we work our way out of the … more
Our COVID-19 case rates have been steadily declining and there are a lot of changes headed our way. We are continuing to see a decrease in transmission rates in Thurston County. Today our 14-day … more
If you’ve lived in Western Washington for any length of time, I think I’m safe in saying that this is a time of frustration for you. We’ve had snatches and pieces of just enough … more
It’s not often that we see an athlete at the top of his or her game walk away from a multi-million dollar payday to go home and fight for his or her country. However, that is exactly what world … more
Washington’s Board of Natural Resources is considering a ban on timber harvesting on state lands. That is extremely unwise. Instead, the board must ensure its healthy forest policies … more
The mountain of money keeps getting bigger. In mid-February, state officials released the latest economic forecast, and it showed revenue up again, this time to the tune of $2.8 billion. … more
Every public opinion survey taken lately shows that a majority of Americans believe our country is on the wrong track. We are frustrated with COVID-19 and the government’s response, … more
When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around next month on March 17, the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is still clean and green. Now, it is spending $15 million to bring visitors back. Irish … more
My mentor Billy Frank Jr. always said salmon are the measuring stick of our survival. He was referring to all of us. Salmon are the keystone that supports dozens of other species of fish and … more
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