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Remembering a Towering Legend

A tribute to Bill Russell, who died July 31 at the age of 88.

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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.
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Summer arrives in 2022 | Shiers

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  • Jul 29, 2022
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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Republican challenger may give Murray a real race for Senate | Roegner

One of the more compelling stories of this election cycle is Tiffany Smiley, who is running against Patty Murray (D) for a seat in the… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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Who wants to wear a mask in King County? | Shiers

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  • Jul 23, 2022
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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.
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Why wear a mask in Washington? | Shiers

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  • Jul 16, 2022
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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.
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Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Jan. 6 investigation fallout reaches Washington state politics | Roegner

The reaction to the public airing of the events of Jan. 6, 2021, from the investigation into the attack on the U.S. Capitol has drawn… 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.

Inslee won’t be on the ballot this year, but he’ll be the target | Roegner

The last time Gov. Jay Inslee ran for re-election was in 2020, and he defeated Republican Loren Culp by over 545,000 votes. One would think… 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.

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
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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Fireworks or gas prices? | Shiers

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  • Jul 5, 2022
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Let freedom ring | Shiers

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  • Jul 2, 2022
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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.