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Good news on the election integrity front

Steve Duenkel must be a happy man today. Duenkel has been running hard for the job of Mason County auditor since filing his candidacy last winter. He's been doing his homework and traveling the...

 

Where and when inspiration strikes

The Greek scientist and mathematician Archimedes discovered that the volume of displaced water is equal to the volume of the object that’s submerged in the water. He realized that upon easing into...

 

Random thoughts for a September day

Someone should introduce a brand of cigarettes called Moderate. That way, people could call themselves Moderate smokers. People without shelter are called homeless, so people with shelter should be...

 

Labor Day 2022: A working retrospective

My paternal grandfather, Eric Ericson, came to this country from Sweden with his parents in the early 1900s, maybe to escape a herring famine or something. We’re not sure why they came, but we do...

 

Some moments in this thing called life

I was walking alone on a sidewalk in downtown Olympia one evening a couple of weeks ago when a man who looked to be in his 20s approached me. He asked whether I had any “white.” “Huh?” I...

 

Harmony in the grocery store aisle

Hey, parents of young ones: Would you like your journey through a grocery store with your children to be more harmonious? Would you like a dependable way to short-circuit the circuit in your...

 

Survey questions I'd like us to ask us

I was busy catching up on infection news the other day at infectioncontroltoday.com when I came across this tidbit: “More than half of all Americans are symptomatic of highly contagious, unsightly...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    August 4, 2022

Primary matters: Election day in Mason County

Salesman on train: “How far you going, friend?” Harold Hill: “Wherever the people are as green as the money, friend.” — “The Music Man” Writing a newspaper column sometimes requires fish...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    July 14, 2022

Our sweet, sweet home of Washington

I have an idea for a pledge of allegiance that’s exclusively for Washingtonians: “I pledge fidelity to the flag of the mostly united state of Washington, And to the heavily democratic republic...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    July 7, 2022

The dimensions of election integrity

After the man asked his question, some folks snickered. The snickers came from many of the nearly 40 people assembled in the Mason County Commission Chambers last Wednesday for a county-sponsored...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Let's take a moment to remember George

“Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to 9 months. After that, they don’t wanna know about you. They don’t wanna hear from you. No nothing! No neonatal care, no day...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 16, 2022

Thoughts for an almost summer day in June

I don’t own a gun. It would just be one more thing I’d have to clean. The rhododendrons and dogwood trees are in their fullest bloom and the sun is high and bright. What a wonderful day it must...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Three moments, featuring 2 people and 1 cat

“Socks!” I couldn’t remember the woman’s name who was walking toward me last week in the hall of the gym I go to. She worked in a drive-through coffee shop I frequented before the plague...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 2, 2022

The imaginary violence that resides inside

I’m not a violent person. I’m a flighter, not a fighter. I don’t like to be intimately involved in the slaying of anything, even vermin in our home. I’ll escort spiders and moths to the door....

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Western Washington's payoff months

"Summer, summer, summer, It's like a merry-go-round - Magic." -The Cars Summer is the season we residents west of the Cascades have earned. Winter is the slog. Summer is the song. The sun shines and...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    May 19, 2022

Damon Point, home of the streaked homed lady

I spent the summer of my 19th year working outside the northern Washington town of Republic on a cattle and alfalfa ranch along the Sanpoil River, a river that drains into the Columbia. It was there...

 

How about we give some thoughts to Togo?

Togo is a long, rectangular-ish country with a 31-mile-long coastline in western Africa along the Gulf of Guinea. Its economy relies on commercial and subsistence agriculture. I learned that from typing “Togo” into Google. I also learned Togo...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Random thoughts for this day in May

Kangaroo Court and Star Court would be good road names in a housing development. Here are other possibilities: Hula Loop, Hard Road, Rue Avenue, Lame Lane, Broken Dreams Boulevard, No Way, Miss Place...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 28, 2022

There will be blood: Me vs. me (and Jason)

Every couple of months, I go to the Bloodworks Northwest office in Olympia to get a vein tapped. I enjoy these visits. I get to check the “no” box to the extensive list of circumstances that can...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 21, 2022

The trouble with titles. A personal history.

I worked for a state representative at the Capitol in Olympia for three months during the 1988 legislative session. I sat at a desk, behind a plastic rectangle that displayed my name. I smiled when...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 14, 2022

Having historical figures over for dinner

If you could have four dead people of historical importance to dinner, who would you invite? The rules are they wouldn’t be dead at dinner, you can’t invite Hitler (who wants to hear...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 7, 2022

Finding a place in this world to be happy

I got an email a couple of weeks ago from a Journal reader inviting me to join some people who play pingpong Wednesday nights at Little Skookum Hall Community Club. This is one of the fringe benefits...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 31, 2022

Three stories you might have missed in the news

No matter how attuned you are to the news these days, you can always find a story or two each week that stretches your sense of what’s possible in this world. Feast on these three stories: Story...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 24, 2022

Our amazing modern technology

When people remark about how amazing our modern technology is — sometimes after discovering something else their cellphones can do — I wonder what time in human history they’re comparing “mode...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    March 17, 2022

Realizations about exhortations

Several years ago, I often played racquetball with a fellow who would attack himself. When this fellow would make a bad shot, he’d yell something like “Nate, you idiot!” or “You’re stupid!...

 

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