Opinion

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Pot shop robberies | Shiers

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  • Mar 25, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.

A few thoughts on Russia wanting Alaska back | Brunell

Return Alaska to Russia? A month ago, such lunacy wasn’t newsworthy. But after Russia shockingly invaded Ukraine, anything is possible. The assault on Ukraine has… Continue reading

  • Mar 25, 2022
Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Music at the intersection of past and present | Whale

It is a July day in 1969, and I am with my family at Lake Surprise. I have just finished first grade in Mrs. Foster’s… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

A closer look at gun violence in King County and beyond | Roegner

Was it only four years ago that 14 students and three staff members were gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida? Everytime… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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The Batman vs. The Mask Mandate | Shiers

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  • Mar 8, 2022
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Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com

Watching the social media and cable news train wreck | Whale

To say that anything is possible is to condition the sinister, pitfall corollary that nothing is ridiculous. So you told me, dad. All I can… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com
Jayendrina Singha Ray’s research interests include postcolonial studies, spatial literary studies, British literature, and rhetoric and composition. Prior to teaching in the U.S., she worked as an editor with Routledge and taught English at colleges in India. She is a resident of Kirkland.

Metaverse: Old wine in a new bottle? | Guest column

The metaverse is a space caught at the cusp of the physical and the nonphysical. Not a radically different space per se, but one that,… Continue reading

  • Mar 4, 2022
Jayendrina Singha Ray’s research interests include postcolonial studies, spatial literary studies, British literature, and rhetoric and composition. Prior to teaching in the U.S., she worked as an editor with Routledge and taught English at colleges in India. She is a resident of Kirkland.
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Huge $1.45B revenue surplus | Shiers

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  • Mar 4, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Is it the right time to lift indoor mask mandates? | Roegner

Mask mandates continue to fall in several other states like New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and will also change in California and Oregon… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Keith Livingston is a retired municipal management professional, lifelong artist and Federal Way resident. He can be reached at keithlivingstondesign@gmail.com.

Where’s the justification for bad behavior in our society? | Livingston

Common sense respectful behavior and decorum in our society has broken down into angry undercurrents with unreconciled grievances everywhere. It does not help that a… Continue reading

Keith Livingston is a retired municipal management professional, lifelong artist and Federal Way resident. He can be reached at keithlivingstondesign@gmail.com.
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Writer goes on a tear about flabby language | Whale

Those who know me know me know I’m a bit of a stickler about language. Not so much about the grammar, although of course that… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

The ins and outs of this year’s short legislative session | Roegner

The legislative session is slowly drawing to a close. Too bad this was the short session, which does not provide enough time for the debates… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Washington State Capitol Building. File photo

Editorial: Taxpayers deserve down payment on tax reforms

By The Herald Editorial Board Reform of the state’s tax system wasn’t at the top of the to-do list for this session of the Washington… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2022
Washington State Capitol Building. File photo
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

Volatility and disciplined planning in 2022’s stock market | Guest column

The stock market in January experienced significantly increased volatility. In the first 14 trading days in January, the S&P500 declined about 12.5% on an intraday… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2022
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
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About the increase in gun violence | Shiers

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  • Feb 10, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Boeing’s latest political donations deserve a closer look | Roegner

Boeing is the largest manufacturer of airplanes in the world. The company has been loyal to its employees, and Boeing Employee Credit Union is still… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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What’s to blame for the increase in gun violence? | Shiers

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  • Feb 4, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Great news! The pandemic is over! | Shiers

Here’s your state cartoon for this week. It’s based on the reporting of Danny Westneat over the weekend in the Seattle Times: “Christopher Murray, head… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

The growing disconnect between public servants and the press | Whale

As one small part of the often derided “legacy media,” I am aware that what I am about to say won’t find sympathy with many… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Behind the scenes in the race for King County prosecutor | Roegner

Politically speaking, it was an exciting week recently when King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced that his current term would be his last. It’s a… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.