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Rico Thomas, left, has been a clerk in the Fuel Center/Mini Mart at Safeway in Federal Way for the past 5 years. Kyong Barry, right, has been with Albertsons for 18 years and is a front end supervisor in Auburn. Both are active members of UFCW 21. Courtesy photos

Grocery store workers deserve respect and hazard pay | Guest column

As grocery store workers in King County, we experience the hard, cold realities of the COVID-19 pandemic every single day. And despite the fact that… Continue reading

  • Sep 3, 2020
Rico Thomas, left, has been a clerk in the Fuel Center/Mini Mart at Safeway in Federal Way for the past 5 years. Kyong Barry, right, has been with Albertsons for 18 years and is a front end supervisor in Auburn. Both are active members of UFCW 21. Courtesy photos
A time for looking back in order to look forward

A time for looking back in order to look forward

A 19-year-old Marine corporal stood 20 feet behind General MacArthur on Sept. 2, 1945.

A time for looking back in order to look forward
Editorial: Honor 100 years of suffrage with your ballot

Editorial: Honor 100 years of suffrage with your ballot

Women’s right to vote was recognized 100 years ago; we need to use the ballots women fought for.

Editorial: Honor 100 years of suffrage with your ballot
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Editorial: Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism

Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House would offer tax credits to advertisers and subscribers.

  • Aug 19, 2020
A large webset offset printing press running a long roll off paper over its rollers at high speed. File photo
Don Brunell

Coronavirus comeback for Alaska Airlines?

It is no secret that airlines were clobbered by the coronavirus pandemic. What started as a promising year quickly went south. The COVID-19 outbreak has… Continue reading

Don Brunell
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Age of insanity for the left and the right

Do you feel that, like the COVID-19 pandemic, insane behavior is spreading like a plague? I do. Whether I look at the political right or… Continue reading

Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Should the King County sheriff be elected or appointed? | Roegner

In addition to candidate races this November, there will be policy questions for the public to approve or reject. One that is returning to the… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Women breadwinners and financial planning | Guest column

Women breadwinners and financial planning | Guest column

By Robert Toomey, Special to The Reporter Women’s roles as it relates to financial planning have seen significant changes in the past several decades. This… Continue reading

  • Aug 6, 2020
Women breadwinners and financial planning | Guest column
I’ve got Uncle Tom on my mind | Guest column

I’ve got Uncle Tom on my mind | Guest column

I like the name Augustus. It has a regal sound to it.

I’ve got Uncle Tom on my mind | Guest column
Face masks save lives and jobs across Washington

Face masks save lives and jobs across Washington

Wearing a mask saves lives and saves jobs. And all across the state, Washington employers are leading by example in the fight to stop the… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2020
Face masks save lives and jobs across Washington
Don Brunell

Seattle faces ‘lights out’ in 2022

Far too few people remember the 1972 Seattle billboard: “Would the last person who leaves Seattle please turn out the lights?” The reference was to… Continue reading

Don Brunell
Stay healthy and safe, Mercer Island | Letter from the mayor

Stay healthy and safe, Mercer Island | Letter from the mayor

Dear Mercer Island Community, A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the country’s birthday. Like many of you, it was an appropriate time to reflect… Continue reading

  • Jul 20, 2020
Stay healthy and safe, Mercer Island | Letter from the mayor
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Editorial: Reopen schools in fall, but do it safely

Don’t bully schools into reopening. Protect our students.

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Let’s hear it for bridges | Guest column

Let’s hear it for bridges | Guest column

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the bridge that connects Mercer Island to downtown Seattle.

Let’s hear it for bridges | Guest column
Cartoon by Frank Shiers

Editorial: Stopping COVID is now up to each of us

With a resurgence threatening, we need to take greater responsibility to keep the virus in check.

Cartoon by Frank Shiers
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.

Taiwan provides a blueprint for dealing with a pandemic

Taiwan is only 81 miles from mainland China where the COVID-19 pandemic began. How, then, did Taiwan, a country of nearly 24 million people, suffer… Continue reading

  • Jul 1, 2020
Richard Elfers is a columnist, a former Enumclaw City Council member and a Green River College professor.
Why this newspaper is capitalizing Black | Editorial

Why this newspaper is capitalizing Black | Editorial

Moving forward, the Mercer Island Reporter will capitalize Black when referring to the race, ethnicity and culture of Black people. It has long been the… Continue reading

Why this newspaper is capitalizing Black | Editorial
Doreen Davis, left in mask, waves at parade participants on May 2. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo

Wear your face-hugging, ever-loving mask | Editorial

“Don’t make me come down there.” — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a tweet Saturday, after viewing video of New York City residents squeezing… Continue reading

Doreen Davis, left in mask, waves at parade participants on May 2. Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Democrats have the edge in WA’s 2020 elections

Last year, most political insiders thought 2020 would be a big Democratic year in our statewide elections and might be among the most exciting years… 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.

Financial planning during these times of uncertainty

By Robert Toomey, Special to the Reporter Much of what we do as financial planners involves forward-looking assumptions. The assumptions encompass many areas: inflation, the… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2020
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill Associates on Mercer Island.