Opinion

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.

Here’s how we foot the bill for reducing wildfires in WA | Brunell

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and… Continue reading

  • May 12, 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.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Did we end the mask mandate too soon in WA? | Roegner

Philadelphia recently became the first U.S. city to reinstate its indoor mask mandate. But it may not be the last. Having reached a 50% increase… 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.

Never miss a chance to treasure your mama | Whale’s Tales

With the approach of Mother’s Day, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my own mother, gone 16 years ago this month, how much I… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
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.

Seattle World’s Fair highlighted electric transportation network | Brunell

Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair was awe-inspiring. It previewed developments that would improve our daily lives in the next millennium. While “Century 21” memories have faded,… Continue reading

  • Apr 30, 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.
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Meet the King County prosecutor candidates | Shiers

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  • Apr 29, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Lawsuit may have chilling effect on effort to reduce homelessness | Roegner

Responding to the regional homeless challenge isn’t easy and comes with its own set of political problems. First, it is a regional problem affecting most… Continue reading

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

King County prosecutor race is the one to watch | Roegner

The race to replace retiring Dan Satterberg as King County prosecutor is one to watch closely. It started off with four candidates, and now we… Continue reading

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

King County’s new inquest rules become part of new system | Roegner

Since 1854, before Washington was a territory, inquests have been required whenever a person dies from interaction with a police officer. That requirement is now… Continue reading

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

New lanes on Highway 18 | Shiers

Cartoon by Frank Shiers Improvements coming to State Route 18 after a three decades-long effort to widen the entire state highway. The state passed its… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Could we pull together like the Ukrainians are doing? | Whale’s Tales

The past is like a foreign country — they do things differently there. Oddly enough, I’ve been thinking about those words lately in light of… 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.

U.S. Senate and Washington Legislature are the races to watch | Roegner

There’s a question hanging in the air: Can a Republican U.S. Senate candidate really win in Washington? Republican Tiffany Smiley will take on Senator Patty… Continue reading

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

Community health centers are the backbone of equity in our healthcare system | Guest column

By Sen. Manka Dhingra and Lisa Yohalem After two years on the frontlines of pandemic response, our health care system has taken a beating. Providers… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2022
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Spring Break in King County | Shiers

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  • Apr 6, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

How about that landfill? | Shiers

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  • Apr 1, 2022
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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

The benefits of King County’s juvenile diversion program | Roegner

Due to widespread community support at a King County Law Justice, Health and Human Services Committee meeting, and on a 5-1 vote, King County will… Continue reading

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