Opinion

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

U.S. Supreme Court: One right, one wrong | Roegner

Here’s a tale of two United States Supreme Court decisions — one right and one wrong. Despite two clear examples of discrimination, the court ruled… Continue reading

 

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He recently retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.

Silver lining from Washington’s brutal heat wave | Brunell

How about some good news coming out of our record-breaking (extreme) heat wave? Luckily, we live and work in the Pacific Northwest. We are reaping… Continue reading

 

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

Why wouldn’t you vaccinate to save loved ones? | Roegner

Many Americans continue to be hesitant to get the COVID vaccine, even though President Joe Biden has been given high approval ratings for his handling… Continue reading

 

John Hamer is a retired editorial writer and columnist for The Seattle Times. He and his wife have four grandchildren.

Grassroots democracy revitalizes Mercerdale playground | Guest column

The other day my daughter-in-law, Effie Parks, took her two kids to Luther Burbank Park. My 5-year-old grandson Ford has a rare genetic disorder and… Continue reading

  • Jul 12, 2021
John Hamer is a retired editorial writer and columnist for The Seattle Times. He and his wife have four grandchildren.
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

Financial planning in the era of COVID recovery | Guest column

Following a terrible past 15 months, it is good news that the U.S. economy is now moving into a more solid and, we believe, sustainable… Continue reading

  • Jul 9, 2021
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Cities can help solve the homelessness challenge | Roegner

Each one of the cities outside Seattle faces the same problems Seattle has faced when it comes to homelessness because homelessness does not recognize city… Continue reading

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

Celebrating Christmas in July | Guest column

Seventy-five years ago this month, Hollywood director Frank Capra was filming “It’s a Wonderful Life” in Bedford Falls. Did you know an increasing number of… 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.

Politics of homelessness have taken a nasty turn | Roegner

A common stereotype is that homeless people are all hooked on drugs — but sometimes a job loss, death in the family, rent increase or… Continue reading

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

Editorial: Lifting restrictions doen’t mean pandemic is over

We have work to do to increase the number of vaccinations.

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

Races for Congress will include a few twists | Roegner

A few weeks ago, we looked at local races for King County government, along with cities, school boards and special purpose districts for 2021. Candidates… 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.

Thoughts and prayers just aren’t enough | Roegner

The violence must stop. And our elected officials have the ability to stop it.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Jesse Franklin is board president of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, and an attorney at Schlemlein Fick & Franklin, PLLC.
Jesse Franklin is board president of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center, and an attorney at Schlemlein Fick & Franklin, PLLC.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

King County Council elections could be more exciting this fall | Roegner

In most King County election races, the incumbent has all of the advantages, and the races are rarely competitive. But this year could be different.… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

Closer look at the Washington State Long Term Care Act | Guest column

You may have heard about a new insurance bill recently passed by the Washington state legislature, the Washington State Long Term Care Act (“the Act”).… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2021
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

City and school board races highlight local elections | Roegner

A record 646 candidates in King County cities have filed for local offices.

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

A message to the Class of COVID-19 | Guest column

Congratulations on surviving the coronavirus pandemic. In many ways you are like a graduating class in high school. You’ve proved yourselves. You’ve passed the test.… 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.

Big legislative wins for Washington Democrats | Roegner

I said in an earlier column that this legislative session would be like no other. I was mainly speaking of the changes required by COVID-19.… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Editorial: Act now to save salmon, regardless of dams’ fate

With a plan to remove dams on the Snake River shelved, leaders must commit to broader-based actions.

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Editorial: Parents have decision to make on vaccinating kids

With one vaccine now approved for kids 12 and older, parents shouldn’t wait for a school requirement.

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Frank Shiers

Editorial: Parents have decision to make on vaccinating kids

With one vaccine now approved for kids 12 and older, parents shouldn’t wait for a school requirement.

Frank Shiers