Opinion

Editorial: Reflections on persistence

The Beachcomber’s new editor reflects on the role of a community newspaper.

  • Oct 20, 2021

 

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COMMENTARY: When God Disappears

Local pastor Mike Ivaska writes about how God has seemed distant during the pandemic.

  • Oct 20, 2021

 

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.

Why should the threat to Taiwan concern us in WA? | Brunell

Unfortunately, what happens in Taiwan doesn’t just stay in Taiwan — it impacts us. So, when President Xi Jinping announced China’s plan to step up… Continue reading

  • Oct 16, 2021

 

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

Election 2021: Closer look at King County races | Roegner

The race for Mayor of Seattle will dominate the regional media, but for most of the suburbs, it is the King County Executive and the… Continue reading

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

Editorial: Pick Your Battles

There’s no shortage of hard issues that need to be tackled these days—from COVID to ferry woes.

  • Oct 13, 2021
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COMMENTARY: Help is available for those facing eviction and foreclosure

Resources are available through the King County Dispute Resolution Center.

  • Oct 13, 2021
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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.

Our economy works when consumers pick winners | Brunell

Poland and America are like two trains passing each other in opposite directions. That is becoming increasingly clear as President Biden rolls out his progressive… Continue reading

  • Oct 9, 2021
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.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Big-time politics: Redistricting for 2022 elections | Roegner

Based on new census data, which shows Washington state has grown by close to 1 million people, the Redistricting Commission is at the beginning of… Continue reading

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

Editorial: It’s time to step up to help the helpers on Vashon

We must not ever take these deeply community-minded experts and volunteers for granted.

  • Oct 6, 2021

Feel-good fall fundraisers

Help raise the roof for longtime islander, then cast your votes in VoV’s lip-synch battle

  • Oct 6, 2021
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COMMENTARY: A poetic plea to support the work of Partners in Education

Marie Koltchak invokes the rhymes of Dr. Seuss to remind islanders of the upcoming PIE phonathon.

  • Oct 6, 2021
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Vashon volunteers added to the contents of an ETAP (Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol) collection tent, during a beach cleanup in the spring at the north end of Quartermaster Harbor near Portage.

Green Briefs: Vashon gets state help with first official beach clean-up

More than 2,700 pieces of litter, weighing more than 400 pounds, were characterized and documented.

  • Oct 6, 2021
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Vashon volunteers added to the contents of an ETAP (Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol) collection tent, during a beach cleanup in the spring at the north end of Quartermaster Harbor near Portage.
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COMMENTARY: New program addresses affordable housing crisis on Vashon

IFCH is developing a lottery program to ease rental burdens for some households.

  • Oct 6, 2021
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Dr. Jayendrina Singha Ray serves as Faculty of English at Highline College. Her 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.

What the Afghan wants to say: Arezo’s journey to America | Guest column

In our little Zoom room, I hear my interviewee break into sobs. Her part of the Zoom room is engulfed in darkness, and I have… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2021
Dr. Jayendrina Singha Ray serves as Faculty of English at Highline College. Her 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.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Questions surround vaccine exemptions for state workers | Roegner

With about 4,800 state employees in 24 agencies requesting vaccine exemptions, which is 8% of all state employees, and with the list growing, oversight of… Continue reading

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

Editorial: Good governance means putting the people who are served first

During a crisis, we look to steady, consistent leadership at all levels of government.

  • Sep 29, 2021

Letters to the editor | Sept. 30 edition

Islanders write about Chief Krimmert’s vaccination, Fr. Tryphon’s religious exemption request & more.

  • Sep 29, 2021
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COMMENTARY: Chief Krimmert: I Got the Shot

Fire Chief Charles Krimmert addresses the community regarding his recent COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Sep 29, 2021
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COMMENTARY: DOVE Project helps survivors of domestic violence find hope

The DOVE Project exists to provide support and hope to survivors of domestic violence.

  • Sep 29, 2021
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(Jim Diers Photo) The Dark-eyed Junco has experienced losses equal in number to half of the U.S. population.

Green Briefs: Supporting Our Birds

Bird populations are dwindling, but we can still take action to support their recovery.

  • Sep 29, 2021
(Jim Diers Photo) The Dark-eyed Junco has experienced losses equal in number to half of the U.S. population.