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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
Editor’s Note: Columnist Julie McDonald previously wrote a three-part series based on an interview with Republican congressional candidate Joe Kent. The series can be found at chronline.com. … more
Editor, I want to congratulate the folks of We Love Rainier for creating a magical holiday lights experience for all those passing through Rainier at night. It brightened up even the most dismal … more
As the youngest of seven children growing up near the Black River on the Chehalis Indian Reservation, Helen Sanders often darted through their house in her father’s wake, ignoring her … more
Wednesday marks a birthday celebration, the date when a well-known Upper Cowlitz woman was born beside the banks of the Cowlitz River near present-day Randle about 170 years ago. Official Yakama … more
The Evergreen State has always been one of the safer places to live, work and raise a family in America, going back at least as far as 1960. Tragically, as of 2022, that’s no longer the … more
In the 1990s, “Things go better with Coca Cola” was the catchy slogan that dairy farmers dreaded. At the time, milk producers were in a head-to-head battle with soft drink giants and … more
People of my generation and a bit younger probably remember Aesop’s fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse.” The moral it taught was that living in poverty with security is … more
For six months now, the WA Cares payroll tax has been taking part of workers’ incomes each paycheck for another benefit many of them will never receive. Worse, the money being collected will be … more
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