Robert Whale

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

‘I must have driven through a barn’ and other stories of grace | Whale’s Tales

My brother, Jack, and I were jabbering on Christmas Eve about all the things we’ve done in our lives that we improbably survived. Many of… Continue reading

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

When old age asks the new year for a dance | Whale’s Tales

One of the important lessons the dawning of each new year has taught me is the futility of making New Year’s resolutions. My track record… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
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Stearns resigns from Auburn City Council for Legislature

Auburn Democrat will represent 47th District in Olympia

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

Thanksgiving and the Whale kitchen’s eternal warmth | Whale’s Tales

Looking today at the North Auburn home in which I grew up fills me with wonder. As in, I wonder how in the heck we… Continue reading

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

The ‘ignoranting’ of Americans in the age of false narratives | Whale’s Tales

Many sweeping generalizations stalk our land today, making no distinctions between diverse people and institutions, but lumping them into one steaming mass. Of course, we… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Shukri Olow and Chris Stearns

Stearns leading Olow by a wide margin for 47th District House seat

Clash between two Democratic candidates

Shukri Olow and Chris Stearns
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‘I was a soldier, and I am still a soldier for life’

Chriss Moen devotes most of his free time to his fellow veterans, living and deceased.

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

The cost we pay for having a marketplace of ideas | Whale’s Tales

Ah, the internet, the internet, let us count the many blessings of the internet. As the internet means one thing to this guy and something… Continue reading

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

We all need to acknowledge the devils in ourselves | Whale’s Tales

I read somewhere years ago — I have forgotten where — that if a person cannot relish the puncturing of a flaming hypocrite, that person… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Muckleshoot Tribal leaders mark the hoisting into place of the final steel beam of the Muckleshoot Casino Resort and Hotel during a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 26. Photo courtesy of Ryan Davis, Smarthouse Creative.

Muckleshoot Tribe lifts final iron beam in Auburn onto future hotel tower

18-story, 400-room resort scheduled to open in fall 2023

Muckleshoot Tribal leaders mark the hoisting into place of the final steel beam of the Muckleshoot Casino Resort and Hotel during a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 26. Photo courtesy of Ryan Davis, Smarthouse Creative.
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

My fellow Americans, we need a political middle again | Whale

For the poor beleaguered voter in the coming elections, I offer this piece of advice — beware of the stealth candidate. The would-be office holder… Continue reading

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

There’s nothing partisan about recognizing the truth | Whale’s Tales

Nobody cares. Nobody is watching. We hear it these days from too many supporters of the former President of the United States, a set intent… Continue reading

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

Here’s the supreme irony behind so-called states’ rights | Whale’s Tales

Many crack-brained ideas are riding the winds in this country, noxious seeds bound for the ears of sympathetic legislators. And given the divided state of… Continue reading

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

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

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.
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)
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.
Mel Lindbloom. File photo

Mel Lindbloom: Remembering a local educational legend

Friends and colleagues gather to pay tribute to Green River College’s first president.

Mel Lindbloom. File photo
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Roe v. Wade and the road we have been down before | Whale’s Tales

I have been thinking a lot lately about the Prohibition Era in the United States and the fiery, brook-no-argument crusaders who pushed for it. Like… Continue reading

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