Opinion

Robert Whale can be reached at robert.whale@soundpublishing.com.

Grappling with the finality of an oncologist’s statement | Whale’s Tales

Perhaps my brain injected a bit of humor to cover the shock. But I felt the gut punch.

 

Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Legislature back in session next week | Cartoon

State lawmakers return Jan. 8 to Olympia.

  • Jan 6, 2024

 

Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Santa doesn’t drive a Kia | Cartoon

Cartoon by Frank Shiers.

  • Dec 24, 2023

 

Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Salute to veterans | Cartoon by Frank Shiers

On Veterans Day, honor those who served your country.

  • Nov 11, 2023
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
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Why you should vote in the upcoming election | Guest column

When I ask my students when the next election is, frequently they will say “November 2024” or whichever presidential year is coming up next.

  • Oct 21, 2023
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Jesus Edwardo Sanchez makes mezcal and tequila. Courtesy photo

Cultivating culture and spirits: The untold story of a mezcal-making Mexican farmer

By Jayendrina Singha Ray, Guest columnist

  • Oct 13, 2023
Jesus Edwardo Sanchez makes mezcal and tequila. Courtesy photo
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Here’s a column for anyone who loves their dog | Whale’s Tales

It is plain to me in looking at dogs small and large that a decent share of them are exemplars of love on Earth, innocents who love unconditionally and love their chow.

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

Please protect your children from BS spreaders | Whale’s Tales

Among the most useful things I studied in college were debate, and deceptive messaging in advertising. Those two subjects taught me about fallacies, about valid… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
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It’s time to change Kent’s City Council elections to districts | Guest column

If you were asked who your city councilmembers are, would you have an answer?

  • Oct 3, 2023
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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.

Dear government: Hold your horses when regulating trucks | Brunell

Next to gasoline and diesel, natural gas also has the greatest number of refueling stations.

  • Sep 30, 2023
  • By Don C. Brunell
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.
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Mariners get red hot | Cartoon

Cartoon by Frank Shiers

  • Sep 1, 2023
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Organized thoughts about my second fight with cancer | Whale’s Tales

It is 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3. I am one of 21 people, young and old, men and women settled into tall chairs in… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
(Photo courtesy of Plymouth Housing)

Approve Prop. 1: Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy | Guest column

Karen Lee, a U.S. Army veteran and CEO of Plymouth Housing, shares why King County voters should vote to approve Proposition 1.

  • Jul 28, 2023
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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.

Bumper cherry crop sweetens WA’s farm economy | Brunell

The good news is this state’s cherry crop looks good — a marked improvement over 2022. It is sweetening our farm economy, especially for cherry… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2023
  • By Don C. Brunell
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.
Pictured on the left in the green wig and costume is Anita. The person in red is Cade. (Courtesy photos)

From identity to art: Q&A with two Puget Sound drag artists

By Jayendrina Singha Ray, Guest columnist

  • Jul 15, 2023
Pictured on the left in the green wig and costume is Anita. The person in red is Cade. (Courtesy photos)
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New long-term care program supports elder care in our state | Guest column

By Melinda Young-Flynn, Washington State Budget and Policy Center

  • Jul 14, 2023
(Photo courtesy of alzheimers.gov)
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
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.

Cash for empty bottles would make sense in Washington | Brunell

When Oregon enacted the nation’s first bottle bill in 1971, it was intended to reduce litter on the state’s beaches, along roads, and in parks.… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2023
  • By Don C. Brunell
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.
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Remember and honor | Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Cartoon by Frank Shiers… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2023
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
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.

Agriculture is the backbone of state’s economy | Brunell

Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington. Throughout our state the fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields… Continue reading

  • May 10, 2023
  • By Don C. Brunell
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.