Opinion

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

The GameStop phenomenon and its implications | Guest column

The past couple of weeks have been interesting with respect to speculative trading activity in the stock market. The activity of note centered on several… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2021
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
A painted rock found on Mercer Island. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Signs of hope and messages of love | Guest column

It’s true! Valentine’s Day is not for lovers alone. Long ago, greeting card companies created printed expressions for family members and friends to share with… Continue reading

A painted rock found on Mercer Island. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos
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.

Hydrogen gains momentum as replacement fuel for trucks | Brunell

In the coming decade, European Union leaders are investing heavily in hydrogen fuel research, believing it is a key to eliminating CO2 discharges from vehicles.… 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.
A CVS pharmacist prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. File photo

Editorial: Give teachers a cut in line for covid vaccine

It’s worth considering to get kids back in classrooms, but schools can work to open safely for all.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. File photo
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Change is ahead for both political parties | Roegner

President Donald Trump changed the national political landscape. Both political parties have internal divisions with the resulting need to pause for reflection as they are… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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Signs of hope and love birds on Mercer Island

Inauguration Day. I’m listening to Amanda Gorman read her poem “The Hill We Climb” as I drive, thinking of my parents, and how proud they… Continue reading

  • Jan 25, 2021
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Guest columnist Greg Asimakoupoulos is chaplain at Covenant Living at the Shores in Mercer Island.

A prayer for our new president | Guest column

Once a year, for the past decade, I have given the invocation in our State Senate or House of Representatives in Olympia. The closest I’ve… 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.

Legislators of color will have impact on 2021 session | Roegner

The 2021 session of the Legislature has kicked off with virtual participation in deference to the coronavirus. Leadership of each legislative session usually comes from… Continue reading

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

Bracing for bigger changes in a COVID world | Brunell

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is… 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.
Guest columnist Greg Asimakoupoulos is chaplain at Covenant Living at the Shores in Mercer Island.

Reflections on insurrection | Guest column

For Christians around the world, Jan. 6 is Epiphany. Sometimes called the “Day of the Kings,” Epiphany recalls the visit of the magi to the… Continue reading

Guest columnist Greg Asimakoupoulos is chaplain at Covenant Living at the Shores in Mercer Island.
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.

We learned a few tough financial lessons in 2020 | Guest column

What did we learn from 2020? 2020 was a year of records, stark contrasts and wild swings in the stock market. We started the year… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 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.

A legislative session like no other we’ve seen | Roegner

In even numbered years such as 2020, the legislative session is only 60 days long so that all the House members can get home to… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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A Christmas card that was lost in the clutter | Guest column

While clearing out and boxing up my parents’ home recently, I discovered a few items I didn’t know existed. In the bottom of a cedar… Continue reading

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

Looking toward a better 2021 for investments | Guest column

For many of us, 2020 may well go down as one of the worst years we have ever lived through. Putting COVID in perspective, it… Continue reading

  • Dec 10, 2020
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.
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.

E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches | Brunell

One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is dealing with the progress of the 20th century — especially old computers, monitors, cellular phones… 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.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Why not call a special session of the Legislature? | Roegner

Why not call a special session of the Legislature? That question has come up several times through out the past year, usually by Republicans due… 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.

A Thanksgiving to remember | Guest column

“Pass the yams! And pass the turkey! Pass the iPad, too! I want to Facetime with my family. Though quarantined from loved ones, I am… Continue reading

Guest columnist Greg Asimakoupoulos is chaplain at Covenant Living at the Shores in Mercer Island.
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.

Be thankful for diversity in the U.S. military | Brunell

Diversity in the ranks has been the lifeline of our all-volunteer military, but it wasn’t always that way. We ought to be thankful for all… 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.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

State Legislature will reflect our changing society | Roegner

When you picture the Washington state Legislature, it usually looks like mostly white males. But that is in the process of changing. When the Legislature… 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.

What do “thanksgivings” have to do with financial planning? | Guest column

Many of us associate November with Thanksgiving. This year’s Thanksgiving will be one unlike any of us have ever known given the COVID-19 situation. It… Continue reading

  • Nov 13, 2020
Robert Toomey, CFA/CFP, is Vice President of Research for S. R. Schill & Associates on Mercer Island.