Opinion

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

Top Auburn area headlines from 100 years ago | Whale

I have always found it interesting, and instructive, to stroll through the day-to-day lives of a community as recorded in its newspapers long before my… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Keith Livingston is a retired municipal management professional, lifelong artist and Federal Way resident. He can be reached at keithlivingstondesign@gmail.com.

Where’s the justification for bad behavior in our society? | Livingston

Common sense respectful behavior and decorum in our society has broken down into angry undercurrents with unreconciled grievances everywhere. It does not help that a… Continue reading

Keith Livingston is a retired municipal management professional, lifelong artist and Federal Way resident. He can be reached at keithlivingstondesign@gmail.com.
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Writer goes on a tear about flabby language | Whale

Those who know me know me know I’m a bit of a stickler about language. Not so much about the grammar, although of course that… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Washington State Capitol Building. File photo

Editorial: Taxpayers deserve down payment on tax reforms

By The Herald Editorial Board Reform of the state’s tax system wasn’t at the top of the to-do list for this session of the Washington… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2022
Washington State Capitol Building. File photo
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

Times call for center to counter the crazy | Whale

Guess I’ve heard it one too many times. That is, the idea that compromise is a dirty word, that the only thing you’ll find in… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

Volatility and disciplined planning in 2022’s stock market | Guest column

The stock market in January experienced significantly increased volatility. In the first 14 trading days in January, the S&P500 declined about 12.5% on an intraday… Continue reading

  • Feb 11, 2022
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

About the increase in gun violence | Shiers

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  • Feb 10, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Boeing’s latest political donations deserve a closer look | Roegner

Boeing is the largest manufacturer of airplanes in the world. The company has been loyal to its employees, and Boeing Employee Credit Union is still… 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.

A love letter to the artists who enrich our lives | Whale

I was 14 years old on the July day I returned from the Seattle Public Library with the Caedmon recording under my arm of the… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

What’s to blame for the increase in gun violence? | Shiers

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  • Feb 4, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Great news! The pandemic is over! | Shiers

Here’s your state cartoon for this week. It’s based on the reporting of Danny Westneat over the weekend in the Seattle Times: “Christopher Murray, head… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

The growing disconnect between public servants and the press | Whale

As one small part of the often derided “legacy media,” I am aware that what I am about to say won’t find sympathy with many… 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.

Behind the scenes in the race for King County prosecutor | Roegner

Politically speaking, it was an exciting week recently when King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced that his current term would be his last. It’s a… Continue reading

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

Federal Way, Auburn and the Legislature | Shiers

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  • Jan 28, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Dr. 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.

How chips define the evolving world order | Guest column

Semiconductor chips are the new oil that the world can go to war over.

  • Jan 22, 2022
Dr. 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.
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Cartoon by Frank Shiers

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  • Jan 22, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.

My bold New Year’s resolutions – late, as usual | Whale

I was born late — exactly three weeks — despite my mother’s earnest efforts to speed the process along with various over-the-counter elixirs. I don’t… Continue reading

Robert Whale can be reached at rwhale@soundpublishing.com.
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Why is the janitor teaching math? | Shiers

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  • Jan 21, 2022
Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

For some state lawmakers, short session is all about re-election | Roegner

The Washington state Legislature opened on Jan. 10 against a backdrop of headlines saying “Caseloads push hospitals to limits” and stories of stressed out hospital… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Keith Livingston is a retired municipal management professional, lifelong artist and Federal Way resident. He can be reached at keithlivingstondesign@gmail.com.

The cost of shaming the homeless for being homeless | Livingston

As community members our expectations are great, and we want 2022 to be a better year for our city. For many that means less crime,… Continue reading

Keith Livingston is a retired municipal management professional, lifelong artist and Federal Way resident. He can be reached at keithlivingstondesign@gmail.com.