Category Archives: Covid-19

Predictions for the election and Covid – the arrival of “Grampa Joe”

By Bruce A. Smith Here on the day before the official “Election Day” of November 3, I’d like to post my predictions for the 2020 Election: Biden will win the national count by 12 million, and take the presidency with … Continue reading

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A Covid Journal, Day 103 of Quarantine – and Day 27 of Nationwide Protests for Social Justice

By Bruce A. Smith These are the most dramatic days of my lifetime – the Covid crisis coupled with historic social change that will hasten the end of racism. The coronavirus has killed 120,000 Americans, half of whom would be … Continue reading

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True friendships emerge in the time of Covid

By Rachel Holtzman Special to the Mountain News Free flowing thoughts of Rachel I have a nomination for the Hero Chronicles, or whatever they may be called in the face of Covid 19. It’s not a nurse or doctor or … Continue reading

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Graham resident – Gina Blanchard-Reed – Candidate for WA State Senate in 2nd LD

By Bruce A. Smith Gina Blanchard-Reed, a long-time resident of Graham and currently a Commissioner of the Graham Fire and Rescue Department, is running for the State Senate seat being vacated by Senator Randi Becker (R), who is retiring.

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A Covid Journal, Day 61, Sunday, May 10, 2020 – Mother’s Day – and Getting Through Covid

By Bruce A. Smith Happy Mother’s Day, everyone. I just talked with my Mom in New York, and she continues to “hang in there.” My sister was with her, as she was giving my Mom’s caregiving team a few days … Continue reading

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Yanah G. Cook running for Pierce County Council, District 3

By Bruce A. Smith Yanah G. Cook, a Democrat who resides in McKenna, is seeking the seat at the Pierce County Council for District 3, the region that encompasses all of South Pierce County. This chair is being vacated by … Continue reading

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Quarantining in New York – a personal account

Special to the Mountain News from our contributor, Rachel Holtzman, who has been in quarantine since early March at her home on Long Island, NY. ******************* Covid ala Altamont Avenue The red sweatshirt or the New York Liberty one? Mock … Continue reading

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A Covid Journal – Day 39 – April 18, 2020 – America prepares to re-open, or not

By Bruce A. Smith The big question pounding in everyone’s brain this week is: When can I leave my house and get back to my life? Politically, it is the dominant subject and two routes are emerging. One path forward … Continue reading

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A Covid Journal – Day 28 – April 7, 2020 Dark Days and Bright Sunshine

By Bruce A. Smith The US Surgeon General, Admiral Jerome Adams, and President Trump are calling these next two weeks our darkest hours, forecasted to be filled with death and suffering, and comparable to “our Pearl Harbor.” Their mortality estimates … Continue reading

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Remembering Wauwepex

By Bruce A. Smith Editor’s Note: One of the most pleasant parts of our current Covid Quarantine is strengthening old friendships. For me, that has been connecting with my ol’ Boy Scout buddies. Most of us met at our summer … Continue reading

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