Opinion

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He is a former president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and lives in Vancouver. Contact thebrunells@msn.com.

Drones can help restore scorched public forests | Brunell

Regenerating millions of western forested acres scorched by large wildfires is a herculean task costing hundreds of billions. However, healthy growing woodlands are essential to… Continue reading

  • Jul 5, 2022

 

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Fireworks or gas prices? | Shiers

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  • Jul 5, 2022

 

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

Election challenges that affect the 30th Legislative District | Livingston

The floodgates of America’s right-wing morality machine have opened. Their goal of overturning the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision has been achieved. Washington’s… Continue reading

 

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Let freedom ring | Shiers

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  • Jul 2, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

To prevent future violence, we need to learn what’s in us | Whale’s Tales

Fresh pools of blood, tears and fury. If past is prologue to the future, we are already on the way to forgetting the latest spasms… Continue reading

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

What are lawmakers doing to stop gun violence? | Roegner

A gunman recently massacred 19 children and two teachers with a legally-obtained AR-15-style rifle at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a small town of… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He is a former president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and lives in Vancouver. Contact thebrunells@msn.com.

Tell these politicians about the value of hydropower | Brunell

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, issued a draft report that estimates that breaching the four lower Snake River dams and replacing… Continue reading

  • Jun 25, 2022
Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He is a former president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and lives in Vancouver. Contact thebrunells@msn.com.
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Enforcing the ban on fireworks | Shiers

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  • Jun 24, 2022
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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Closer look at South King County legislative candidates | Roegner

There is plenty of excitement ahead in South King County legislative races this election season. In the 30th Legislative District, Democratic incumbent State Rep. Jamila… Continue reading

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

Seems we didn’t see what we saw, or so say the gaslighters | Whale

Like others lately, I have been avidly following the Jan. 6 Committee’s hearings into the attack on the U.S. Capitol. It’s been a fascinating watch.… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

So much in me, good and bad, I trace back to my old man | Whale’s Tales

This Sunday, like many folks across this nation will do and each in their own way, I will remember my own father, Maurice G. Whale.… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
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‘Fatherly Advice’: A poem by Robert Darrigan

“FATHERLY ADVICE” Someone is listening Dads, So choose your words with care, Eager eyes are watching, Around the corner, somewhere; Every precious mind is molded,… Continue reading

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

The importance of independence in police investigations | Roegner

There have been many people of color harmed by police officers. While all are investigated, one of the criticisms has frequently been that the world… Continue reading

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

COVID testing sites return | Shiers

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  • Jun 11, 2022
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Keith Livingston is a retired municipal management professional, lifelong artist and Federal Way resident. He can be reached at keithlivingstondesign@gmail.com.

What happens when local legislators bring back the dollars | Livingston

City council meetings are opportunities for public discussion as well as disseminating information. The public discourse offered at these meetings is often diverse and challenging.… Continue reading

Keith Livingston is a retired municipal management professional, lifelong artist and Federal Way resident. He can be reached at keithlivingstondesign@gmail.com.
Police lines set up outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. (Public domain photo courtesy of VOA/Wikipedia)

The search for common ground in our national gun conversation | Whale

Late last month, a small Texas city joined an ever-expanding list of cities and sites that none of them ever wanted to be on. Formerly… Continue reading

Police lines set up outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. (Public domain photo courtesy of VOA/Wikipedia)
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Public needs to hear and see both candidates for King County prosecutor | Roegner

There are bigger races than the race for King County prosecutor, such as U.S. Senate or Congress, and everyone will want to watch and see… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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New look for 2022 grads | Shiers

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  • Jun 9, 2022
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Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

The frustrating clash between reality and conspiracies | Whale

I have thinking lately about goofy, patently absurd notions. The sort that people would have laughed out of doors not so long ago, but now… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.