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I think we all believe we work hard. We’ve heard that if we do, we’ll do well in life. more
As a new year breaks and the sun rises on 2024, we are faced with the reality that, once again, an election year is upon us. more
If you’re still reading this, thank you. Not sure I could write a more off-putting title. I envision a somewhat less-than-engaged response. Here I want to show a little love for math. more
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve sat down to write, only to stare at an empty screen with a blinking cursor before me and realize I have nothing nice to say. more
It was the early 1990s in Azusa, California, where I was in college. It was December, it was finals week, and, needing to blow off stress, we went Christmas caroling. more
Cement making around the world releases so much carbon dioxide that if it were a country, it would be the third biggest source of CO2 pollution. more
Sure, you expect to laugh at lists of crazy Engrish menu mistranslations on social media, “Braised Dork with Bamboo Gunfires,” not to mention episodes of The Three Stooges. … more
‘Tis the season — for all those Mariah Carey horror memes. Truth to tell, I’ve actually never minded the song; it’s fine. The horror comes from having it repeated ad … more
Violence tests us in unexpected ways. It strains our identity when the time comes to defend all those fancy principles we think we hold. I was already suitably humbled when I heard the … more
Fellow KPers — get thee to YouTube and watch “The Maple Cutter,” a 2023 documentary by Daniel Hoffman and Lynn M. Thomas. more
A few weeks ago, I flew home to Seattle from Missoula. I was looking forward to getting home, excited that the flight wasn’t more than an hour. I settled into my window seat and watched as the … more
As the countdown clock ticked away the waning days of summer, school and library boards around the country were besieged with demands to limit access to an ever-expanding list of books. more
I would like to skip the question about whether heaven exists, maybe another time, but let’s think about the idea of heaven. I’m sure some of you have a pretty clear picture, maybe based … more
Already I have lived longer than my dad and brothers. At 68 I find myself living happily in Longbranch after a lifetime as a third-generation Californian. We moved up to be closer to our grown kids … more
“You know, there really is a lot of great stuff going on here.” more
This column (October 2023), though well written, is a real headscratcher for me. Fracking for oil in shale is bad, but de-watering is good? De-watering is the process used in fracking or … more
I appreciated John Pat Kelly’s letter to the editor regarding the current KP fire commissioner position 3 election where he expressed his disappointment that I am running unopposed … more
I encourage all voters to cast their ballots for two very deserving candidates for fire commissioner positions. Shawn Jensen, position No. 3, has been a fire commissioner for the past seven … more
If chosen by the will of the citizens of the Key Peninsula, as a write-in candidate for fire commissioner position 3 with Pierce County Fire District No. 16, I, Hal Wolverton, vow to bring back … more
After squandering hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars, I was disappointed to see Commissioner Shawn Jensen running unopposed for re-election. Jensen, along with Stan Moffett and the rest of the … more
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