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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
Polly Robinson The Long Gray and Gold Line  It’s November and that means Veterans Day. We have a long and proud history in my family of military service dating back to pre-Revolutionary War … more
Colleen Slater Vaughn WWII Veteran Goes the Distance Wally Cornman, a proud veteran of World War II, continues his service to veterans and the local community. Cornman was born in Naches, … more
Meredith Browand Research over Rhetoric Just like the two previous general elections of 2014 and 2016, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility has placed a voter initiative on this year’s … more
Rob Vajko Mistaking the Symptoms for the Cause Some topics are extremely difficult to broach without giving rise to a slew of emotions from both sides on issues like abortion, religion, the … more
Before I first entered the door to Lincoln No. 7, my one-room schoolhouse on a lot a mile from our farm, I’d asked enough about the school to irritate … more
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