Opinion

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

Through a kid’s eyes: Wonders of Eastern Washington | Whale’s Tales

Ever since the day I discovered that Aplets and Cotlets, Cashmere-based Liberty Orchard’s name for Turkish Delight, the confection the White Witch fed Edmund in… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
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Spring Break in King County | Shiers

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  • Apr 6, 2022
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How about that landfill? | Shiers

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  • Apr 1, 2022
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Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

When the Ku Klux Klan came to Auburn | Whale’s Tales

My good friend, Mike Engen, told me that on one occasion when he was working for Rottles in the 1970s, he and a co-worker had… 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.

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
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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.

When the lights came on in Auburn | Whale

October of 1929 would prove to be important in the lives of Auburn residents, though it would take time to determine just how important. Here’s… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
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School zone cameras in South King County | Shiers

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  • Mar 18, 2022
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Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Resurrecting old Auburn memories from a simpler time | Whale

I’ve got a confession to make. I am obsessed with time. Can’t stop thinking about it. Getting older has convinced me that grown-ups and kids… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.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.
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The Batman vs. The Mask Mandate | Shiers

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  • Mar 8, 2022
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Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com

Watching the social media and cable news train wreck | Whale

To say that anything is possible is to condition the sinister, pitfall corollary that nothing is ridiculous. So you told me, dad. All I can… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com
Jayendrina Singha Ray’s 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. She is a resident of Kirkland.

Metaverse: Old wine in a new bottle? | Guest column

The metaverse is a space caught at the cusp of the physical and the nonphysical. Not a radically different space per se, but one that,… Continue reading

  • Mar 4, 2022
Jayendrina Singha Ray’s 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. She is a resident of Kirkland.
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Huge $1.45B revenue surplus | Shiers

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  • Mar 4, 2022
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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Is it the right time to lift indoor mask mandates? | Roegner

Mask mandates continue to fall in several other states like New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and will also change in California and Oregon… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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About that Auburn officer’s hit-and-run | Shiers

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  • Mar 1, 2022
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