In one of her final appearances before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen concluded her testimony by saying that no sane nation would ever devise an immigration system as dysfunctional as that of the United States.

Late spring is a season for celebrations in the greater Wenatchee area. One of the biggest, collectively, are high school graduation ceremonies. Students and families are justifiably happy and proud to receive that sheepskin.

Last week we dropped a bombshell on our loyal readers — The Chronicle, which has for nearly 130 years printed and distributed a newspaper to Lewis and South Thurston counties, will shut down its print facility at the Port of Centralia and contract out our printing to a press in Everett.

I’m a firm believer in the value of public engagement in charting the course of public agencies whenever possible. Creating a meaningful conversation with the community has its challenges, but when it is done effectively, it leads to a greater sense of trust and shared ownership.

Once upon a time, not so very long ago really, a very handsome prince became the leader of a very big and important country. Not only was he handsome, he was also smart and very articulate. Everyone loved him, especially the news media. No one dared to criticized him, lest they be banished.

Earlier this year Washington state lawmakers took the bold step raise the age to legally purchase cigarettes, vaping cartridges and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. In doing so, Washington joins Oregon and six other states in upping the age to purchase tobacco products as a way to reduc…

The evidence is obvious. Year after year, one terrible fire season is followed by another terrible fire season. In the last 50 years there has been no significant improvement in how the Forest Service fights forest fires. Maintaining the status quo means there is no hope now, or in the futur…

Living on this side of the Cascades can be isolating when it comes to engaging in politics, especially during snowy months when Snoqualmie Pass turns into a ski slalom and Olympia might as well be as far off as the original city of that name, the one nestled on the Peloponnese peninsula.

As you probably know, the 2019 legislative session recently adjourned on schedule after 105 days, with all three state budgets approved for the 2019-21 biennium. The operating, transportation, and capital budgets were each approved on the final day after many months of public input, discussi…

While at work in the nation’s capital, it is easy to boast about Washington’s robust agriculture industry, thriving tech and manufacturing sectors, and prosperous trade relationships with countries all over the world. I often remind my colleagues in Congress that Washington is the most trade…

Gus Becker’s guest editorial in the May 3 edition was a remarkable piece of self-serving propaganda. His characterization of the public process that led to the compromise winter recreation plan in the Stemilt Basin is completely different than my experience.