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It was bitter cold on that Christmas day in northern Pennsylvania in 1776. British forces had occupied Boston and New York, forcing Americans to evacuate, and the King's army was close...

Nov. 11, 2009

With Boeing's decision to build a second 787 line in South Carolina, there's little doubt the aerospace industry in Washington will need to become more competitive in the future. An important...

Nov. 4, 2009

For the Courier-Times If you are a registered voter, you've likely received your general election ballot in the mail by now. In nearly all of Washington, voters now get their ballots...

Oct. 28, 2009

For the local Chambers of Commerce Although Arun Raha, the state's chief economist, says Washington's recession may be over, the state is still struggling to find its way toward economic recovery....

Oct. 21, 2009

For the Courier-Times When it comes to health care reform, most of us want the same thing. We want to make sure everyone has access to affordable, quality health care. The...

Oct. 14, 2009

If you're a first-time buyer, you know it's not easy to afford a new home. In Sedro-Woolley, the average median cost of a house is about $214,000. With this difficult economy,...

Oct. 1, 2009

Special to the Chambers of Commerce Recently, Washington's chief economist said the worst of the state's recession may be over. However, he noted “the recovery is still fragile, and fraught with...

Sept. 16, 2009

It may be fitting that Oct. 31 — Halloween — is also the due date for payment of the second half of your property tax bill. After all, that bill can...

Sept. 16, 2009

Now that teachers and students have returned to classes, this is a good time to discuss changes in Washington's schools and colleges. WASL replaced For the first time in 12 years,...

Sept. 9, 2009

A question I am frequently asked is: “Where does the lottery money go? I thought it was supposed to go to schools.” Many people may be surprised to know that after...

Sept. 2, 2009