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 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    January 13, 2022 

The night of breaking trees

This is the second time I’ve written the headline “The night of breaking trees” for a newspaper. The first was for a story in The Olympian about an ice storm that hit in the final week of 1996....

 

Letters to the Editor

Thank your school board Editor, the Journal, January is School Board Recognition Month. It is a great time to recognize our elected community members who selflessly give their time and energy in support of high-quality public schooling for our youths...

 

Washington can't wait

Call it climate change, or global warming: we are seeing the effect of carbon we put into Earth’s atmosphere with our industrial emissions, traffic and razing of tropical rainforests. Warming is coming far more quickly than scientists predicted...

 

Journal Letter Policy

The Journal encourages original letters to the editor of local interest. Diverse and varied opinions are welcomed. We will not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous in nature. All letters must be signed and include the writer’s... Full story

 

'We're having a COVID outbreak right now'

Imagine this: You’re expecting a lot of people for dinner. They show up around 5 p.m. and assemble beneath the covering over your front porch before entering your place. Now, imagine discovering...

 

Letters to the Editor

All joking aside on sewers Editor, the Journal, This is the third letter I’ve written about the sewer situation. I’ve had a good time with the double entendres, but here I will be a bit more serious. There is a lot of money on the line for our...

 

What do you want the new year to be like?

What kind of year do you want 2022 to be? That is the question each of us must ask ourselves as we embark on a New Year. The legislature will soon begin the 60-day session, and with it important policy debate. Debate is a normal course of any...

 

Warm thoughts for a December day

The difference between breakfast and brunch is you can order alcohol at brunch and not be considered an alcoholic. But if you order alcohol at breakfast, people will talk. We need more people who are...

 

Letters to the Editor

Troubled times Editor, the Journal We have had many, many, many bad times in the past. The Great Depression, two world wars, the (so-called) Cold War, to name a few, and we are now in the middle of two very bad situations that hang over us like a...

 

The most memorable gift ever, ever - so far

This is a story about a gift my father gave me when I was about 5 years old. This story is as true as any memory summoned from a long-past Christmas. I’m child No. 4 in a four-child family, and...

 

Letters to the Editor

The unspeakable Editor, the Journal, This is a difficult subject and one I expect many will find objectionable in today’s divisive climate. I’m a white man who has had many and various relationships with people of color during my life. None of...

 

Try something new in the kitchen

Cooking doesn’t have to be a burden. It can be fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! You can never be too unmotivated or too unskilled to learn to prepare zesty and tasty meals that satisfy palates of all ages,...

 

Letters to the Editor

Missing the point Editor, the Journal, I'd like to thank Mr. Anvik for his attempt to answer a previously posted question in the Journal and appreciate his truthful feelings expressed about ex-President Donald Trump’s personality. However, he fell...

 

It's a victory for the Pedros of our world

Downtown Shelton resident Miguel Gutierrez unveiled his candidacy for City Council on May 17 by posting the following announcement on his campaign website (vote4miguel.org): "Dear friends. What will...

 

Letters to the Editor

A winning Saturday Editor, the Journal, My family and I attended the downtown Shelton Christmas happenings on Saturday evening. After the year we have had, I can honestly say I wasn’t looking forward to it. I was dreading it but, sometimes, we...

 

A Northwest chauvinist in the Southwest

The Continental Divide at Interstate 40, New Mexico: The line that determines whether precipitation flows east or west in North America cuts through a souvenir shop along westbound Interstate 40 in...

 

Letters to the Editor

The road to Staircase Editor, the Journal, I recounted the recent experience Mark Woytowich had travelling to Staircase. Having made that trip for over 20 years, I can relate. I was disappointed that he implied that Olympic Park managers were...

 

Ear time along the Hoh River Trail

“I dedicated One Square Inch of Silence on Earth Day 2005. Alone, I placed a small red stone, a gift from an elder of the Quileute Tribe, on a log in the Hoh Rain Forest approximately 3 miles from...

 

Letters to the Editor

‘Thank you’ Editor, the Journal, We should all be thankful to the Shelton-Mason County Journal for publishing, and to Mr. Ardean Anvik of Shelton for writing, his inspirational guest column in the Nov. 11 edition. In his piece, Anvik paid...

 

Random thoughts for a November day

A new term for old people: The formerly young. When you go to the parking lot where you’ve parked your car and it isn’t where you thought you parked it, is your first thought, “Damn! Someone...

 

Remember the parents who sent their children to war

On Veterans Day we honor our veterans but we must also honor the mothers and fathers who sent their sons and daughters to war. Edgar Guest (1881–1959) wrote the book Poems of Patriotism in 1942. My maternal grandmother loved Edgar Guest poetry. My...

 

Letters to the editor

A question Editor, the Journal, Newly retired after 41 years of teaching, I have a lot more free time and enjoy reading the various letters to the editor, well, except for the occasional name-calling. It appears that some people have running conversa...

 

Get out and vote

In a short email conversation with Mason County Auditor Paddy McGuire, I learned that as of Monday afternoon the turnout of the 2021 General Election is just 13.5 percent. McGuire wrote that was...

 

Stop! Thief! Oh? Nevermind.

Do you suppose it’s against the law for someone to penetrate the neural network of your credit union or bank and then lift the numbers linked to your financial accounts? The answer appears to be no,...

 

Letters to the Editor

A slippery slope Editor, the Journal, I for one support Sandy Tarzwell and am thankful for her warnings and that she spoke out. I sense that the outrage expressed is really an attempt to change the subject or get someone different for the school...

 

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