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 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    February 2, 2023 

Random thoughts for a February day

A good message for a reader board in front of an Episcopalian church: Jesus is woke. Our given name is the second gift we receive in this world, after being given the gift of life … or maybe our...

 

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Holy smokes! Look what we can do!

Some of you former school kids might remember when the most reliable place to find the information required to write a book report was the World Book Encyclopedia. Those volumes, whose spines in the...

 

Johny Baltimore, the Hawks and Nirvana

I watched Saturday’s Seahawks’ playoff game with a friend, Johny Baltimore. “Baltimore” isn’t his birth surname, but it’s what people call him, mostly because he rarely appears without a...

 

The importance of public notices

When our society finds a better way to archive public records for the people, it will have the full support of this newspaper. Public notices (legals) are the surest way to let citizens know how their tax dollars are being spent. They also create a...

 

Democracy in the House, east and west

This is a tale of two Houses: One in Washington, D.C., the other in Olympia. Let’s start with the frat House. On the evening of Jan. 6, I sat with Mary Young, my 95-year-old mother-in-law, watching...

 

Women and men and all of us

Sixty-three years of age — my age — is a careless time to make proclamations about human behavior: One has enough wisdom to recognize patterns and enough foolishness to believe one can make...

 

Thank you Mason County, welcome to '23

In a few days time, the calendar will again flip forward to usher in a new year. Ready or not, 2023 is here. To our faithful readers, those of us here at the Shelton-Mason County Journal would like to say thank you for your support during the past...

 

Random thoughts for a rainy winter day

Chickens could make a compelling argument that the War on Chickens is real. Last week’s ice storm made it clear that for civilization to function, traction is essential. The carrot-and-stick style o...

 

Looking ahead to the needs of Mason County

As the Legislature prepares to begin the 2023 session, there are many issues before us. How those will impact Mason County, the 35th District, and our state will be top of mind as I approach each...

 

The ins and outs of navel-gazing

“The man without a navel still lives in me.” — Thomas Browne, English author From the Cambridge Dictionary: Navel-gazing — the activity of spending too much time considering your own...

 

When is our future? Simple. The future is now

In July, the County Commission participated in a retreat to set priorities for the rest of 2022 and look ahead to 2023. Many of the presentations from staff began with "in the future, the county...

 

Jobs that require a working nose

Have you ever thought about which senses are necessary to do your job? Sound? Sight? Smell? Touch? Taste? Those are the Big Five, the big receptors. They are our connections to the material world....

 

Looking back at '22, ahead to 2023

It has been an amazing year here in the City of Shelton. Looking back on this year and the accomplishments of the city, I want to highlight a few items that will have a direct impact on the quality...

 

A question in a long marriage

I recently learned a newspaperman, who I knew while he worked for The Associated Press in Olympia, died several years ago. He was 38, had a wife and two kids, ages 3 and 6, so Jonathan Kaminsky’s...

 

A good day on the Washington coast

After a fall that included several months of lead-up to the midterm elections and a busy high school sports season, last week afforded me a chance to get away from the Journal's office for a few days...

 

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