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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
Yelm Mayor JW Foster said “a couple of people are crying foul” and he doesn’t “know what their problem is” in a Nisqually Valley News’ story titled … 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
The more people hear about Washington’s coming long-term-care law and payroll tax, the less people like it — and for good reason.  A class-action lawsuit has been filed against it, an … more
As I write this on Friday morning of Thanksgiving week (some noir fans call it Black Friday), our house is awaft with delicious smells and our family is already five hours into preparing to host the … more
The city of Yelm has lost an outstanding public servant with the resignation of council member Molly Carmody. Mayor-elect and fellow councilmember Joe DePinto said on his Facebook tribute, … more
It’s no surprise to longtime readers of this column that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s not because of the food, although I love turkey as much as the next guy. (White meat, … more
I’m not a fan of the mandatory vaccine push, but that doesn’t mean I’m anti-vaccination either.    But I’m a real fan of letting my doctor and I decide if … more
Now that we know a chemical in our car tires is killing salmon, we have to act urgently to keep it out of the water. Research published last year confirmed that the preservative 6PPD interacts … more
It's a tough week for the WA Cares Fund, the state’s stab at a socialized long-term-care program. A class-action lawsuit was filed against the law that created the mandatory program and … more
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