Opinion

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com

Don’t fool yourself: COVID’s tentacles are long enough to reach even you | Robert Whale

From March 2020 until recently, it seemed to me that COVID-19 always hit someone far off, the man who’d been incautious, the woman who screamed… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com
Guest columnist Greg Asimakoupoulos is chaplain at Covenant Living at the Shores in Mercer Island.

The cruising altitude of Christmas | Guest column

While flying back east over the holidays to speak at a church, I made note of the different stages passengers experience in a typical takeoff.… Continue reading

Guest columnist Greg Asimakoupoulos is chaplain at Covenant Living at the Shores in Mercer Island.
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com

Mourning the loss of civility – with hope for its return | Robert Whale

We cannot help but collect them as we grow older: memories, steeped in the golden waters of nostalgia. The Auburn I grew up in during… 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.

Violent crime moves local mayors to action | Roegner

It is Christmas throughout the region, and Jim Ferrell, Nancy Backus, Dana Ralph and Armondo Pavone have more in common than just being the mayors… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Sean Su (left), a first-generation Taiwanese American activist, was born to Taiwanese immigrants who escaped to the U.S. in the 1980s. Courtesy photo

Understanding the Taiwanese perspective | Guest column

Being Asian in America is a complex experience primarily because the term “Asian” singularizes and organizes a cacophonic plurality of cultures and lived experiences into… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2021
Sean Su (left), a first-generation Taiwanese American activist, was born to Taiwanese immigrants who escaped to the U.S. in the 1980s. Courtesy photo
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Speculation on who might run in 2022 elections | Roegner

If you’re not planning to run for office in 2022, you can enjoy the holidays with your family. If you are planning to run, the… Continue reading

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

Our recovery hinges on people returning to work | Brunell

To “Build Back America,” people must return to work. In a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll released in early December, the findings spell trouble for… Continue reading

  • Dec 13, 2021
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.
Frank Shiers cartoon

Gunfight at the South King corral | Frank Shiers

Mayors of South King County cities met privately recently as the first step in addressing the surge of violence affecting the south Puget Sound. Learn… Continue reading

  • Dec 10, 2021
Frank Shiers cartoon
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Message to Sound Transit: Not in my backyard | Roegner

It is easy to oppose something you don’t like – particularly if it is expensive – but also hard to think objectively if a project… 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
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

2022 Legislature is on the horizon – here’s what to expect | Roegner

The upcoming session of the Washington state Legislature will be the short session, but it will also be very political because each side will bring… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Rich Elfers, “In Focus”

Do we take our neighboring nations for granted? | In Focus

Does the United States take Canada and Mexico for granted? The United States is in a unique geopolitical position, a position never before enjoyed by… Continue reading

Rich Elfers, “In Focus”
Guest columnist Greg Asimakoupoulos is chaplain at Covenant Living at the Shores in Mercer Island.

It’s time to talk turkey about turkeys | Guest column

So how do you feel about turkeys? When I was 12 years old, turkey was not my favorite food. Since it was typically only served… Continue reading

Guest columnist Greg Asimakoupoulos is chaplain at Covenant Living at the Shores in Mercer Island.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Not much changed from what we knew on election night | Roegner

This column was due before the election was certified. However, not much changed from what we knew on election night, as the ballots had slowed… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Federal Way Police Chief Andy Hwang. Courtesy photo

Message from the Police Chief: Addressing a surge of violence in Federal Way

There have been eight murders in Federal Way so far this year, police chief says.

  • Nov 22, 2021
  • For the Mirror
Federal Way Police Chief Andy Hwang. Courtesy photo
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.

Honoring heroes goes beyond lowering flags to half-mast | Brunell

Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes,… Continue reading

  • Nov 17, 2021
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.

Public safety takes centerstage in local elections | Roegner

In Seattle and most suburban cities, the overwhelming message was that the public was scared and wanted to feel safe. That was most obvious in… 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.

Washington’s secretary of state leaves big shoes to fill | Roegner

Secretary of State Kim Wyman recently announced she will leave her state job to go to work for President Joe Biden’s administration as senior elections… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Dr. Jayendrina Singha Ray serves as Faculty of English at Highline College. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, spatial literary studies, British literature, and rhetoric and composition. Prior to teaching in the U.S., she worked as an editor with Routledge and taught English at colleges in India.

What the Afghan wants to say: A story of resettlement | Guest column

The wind is strong. It carries the colored leaves of fall to our doorsteps — leaves that bear the first creases of winter on the… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2021
Dr. Jayendrina Singha Ray serves as Faculty of English at Highline College. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, spatial literary studies, British literature, and rhetoric and composition. Prior to teaching in the U.S., she worked as an editor with Routledge and taught English at colleges in India.