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Rob Vajko Caring and Cared For I will be 59 in May. My mother gave birth to my brother when she was 20 years old, and to me when she was 22. My two sisters followed shortly after that. My … more
Vicki Husted Biggs The Road to Success What is the name of the ruling dynasty of Monaco? How many legs does a lobster have? Do you love trivia?  My recent trivia night experiences have … more
  Lila Saucier, Guest Columnist Hope Recovery Center is a proposed 50-bed residential and nonresidential co-occurring treatment center founded by Jeremiah Saucier and a diverse group of … more
Caleb Lystad, Guest Columnist What is the Key Peninsula? A few things come to mind: rural, beautiful, quiet, spacious, private, overlooked; a strong community rooted in old school, neighborly … more
Anne Nesbit Rising to the Occasion Rising to the occasion can be fun for daydreaming, but in the real world it rarely plays out with a fairy-tale ending. We are all capable of more than we … more
Dan Whitmarsh Dan Whitmarsh Five Thoughts on the Opioid Crisis At the behest of Councilmember Derek Young, I was invited to address the 2019 Pierce County Opioid Summit in late February. … more
Frank Slater Casting a Wide Net Freedom of speech is essential to resolve the issues facing our nation today.  Some of us were raised not to talk politics or religion in polite … more
Meredith Browand Just Say Hello Just say hello. They may seem like three simple words but their impact can be life-changing for someone experiencing homelessness. When many of us encounter … more
Shawn Jensen, Guest Columnist School Capital Bond On Feb. 12, we will be asked to approve a Peninsula Schools capital bond measure focused on the most pressing need—overcrowding—in a … more
The Voice of Experience I am the interim superintendent of the Peninsula School District. Over these past three months, it has been my honor to join this community and learn much more about the … more
Vicki Husted Biggs Believe Several months have passed since our nation was captivated by events involving the hearings for then Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Like many of us, I was riveted by the … more
Rob Vajko Words I love books. I have always loved books. From a very young age my parents taught me to appreciate great literature and instilled in me a love of the written word.  Between … more
Joseph Pentheroudakis The Little Snowbird It was a December morning a few years ago. All was still. It had snowed overnight, and the world seemed to have pulled the blankets up over its head, … more
Anne Nesbit Teen Anxiety and Drug Abuse While talking about mental health and suicide to a group of 13-year-olds recently I had a student share that they knew “someone” who had gone to an … more
Carolyn Wiley, KP News Longbranch Christmas: Something Different Way back when the grandkids were embarking on their individual treks through the school system, our son-in-law, Matt, had a … more
Frank Slater America Divided Some time ago, I submitted a column for this newspaper that contained the word “snowflake” in its political context. The column was accepted, but without that … more
Dan Whitmarsh Dan Whitmarsh Remembering the Year Gone By As winter draws upon us, another year closes out. On these dark nights we gather with family and friends to celebrate, to feast, to … more
Today as well-meaning people argue the merits of seat belts in school buses, I remember a time when the term “seat belt” was not in anyone’s vocabulary. more
The Destiny of Nations Armistice Day was observed in the United States to mark the end of World War I until 1954, when President Eisenhower signed a proclamation declaring … more
Rachel Berry A Viking We Will Go If you’ve lived in the area for any length of time, you’ve probably heard that Poulsbo is affectionately known as “Little Norway.” Located on the … more
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