Opinion

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COMMENTARY: A gift for the future, for a child born today

Choosing a bright future for children by taking action for climate justice.

  • Sep 15, 2021
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Editorial: The closure of VCC is tied to deep, systemic issues

News that VCC will cease operations is heartbreaking and confusing to many on Vashon.

  • Sep 15, 2021
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COMMENTARY: VCC’s sacred site remains, purposed to serve those in need

Former executive director of VCC reflects on recently announced closure.

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Green Briefs: How this story might end

Learning to care about the nature we cannot see.

  • Sep 15, 2021
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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Back to the classroom during abnormal times | Roegner

If it didn’t feel so normal, we might forget about the coronavirus and the impact it has had on our lives. Gov. Jay Inslee has… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
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How a grade school principal showed me a path forward

“In showing me forbearance, you allowed me to save face. You treated me as if I deserved kindness.

  • Sep 9, 2021
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Editorial: Big things happen in this small town

We wish Vashon was getting better press these days — we are still a remarkable community, in many ways

  • Sep 8, 2021

Letters to the editor | Sept. 9 edition

Islanders continue to sound off about the fire chief’s vaccination stance

  • Sep 8, 2021
9/11 Memorial in Cashmere, Washington. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos

Twenty years after tragedy brought us together | Guest column

Recently, I was reflecting on where I was and what I was doing when I learned of the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in… Continue reading

9/11 Memorial in Cashmere, Washington. Photo courtesy of Greg Asimakoupoulos
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Next year’s elections are already underway | Roegner

The 2021 session of the Washington State Legislature was dominated by the Democrats, who controlled both Houses and the governor’s office and was one of… Continue reading

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

Letters to the Editor

This week, we received many letters about Vashon Island Fire and Rescue’s chief.

  • Sep 1, 2021

Vashon Island Fire and Rescue in Crisis

We urge the VIFR commissioners to resolve this situation soon.

  • Sep 1, 2021

Islanders weigh in with public comments at VIFR meeting

Islanders spoke up, with all but one being highly critical of Chief Krimmert

Screenshot of Voice of America footage from the August 2021 scene at Kabul’s international airport in Afghanistan.

What the Afghan wants to say | Guest column

The American interest in Afghanistan goes back to the Cold War era, when its intervention was considered apt to contain the strain of Communism flowing… Continue reading

  • Aug 27, 2021
Screenshot of Voice of America footage from the August 2021 scene at Kabul’s international airport in Afghanistan.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

King County executive wins battle with suburbs over inquests | Roegner

Since 1854, when Washington was a territory, inquests have been required whenever a person dies from interaction with a police officer. That requirement is now… Continue reading

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

Charlie’s choice

The issue of the fire chief’s vaccination status has divided the community.

  • Aug 25, 2021

Statement: Pandemic leaders respond to Krimmert controversy

Vaccination has been — and continues to be — the most effective tool we have.

  • Aug 25, 2021
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Reporting a perfect audit

We take our jobs seriously as stewards of our community’s trust and this means we count every penny.

  • Aug 25, 2021
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Finding purpose and meaning in the bleak seasons of life

The truth is, though we try, we cannot avoid hard things.

  • Aug 25, 2021
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In a three-day event ahead of the November 2020 elections, the voting center at Federal Way’s Performing Arts and Event Center saw 1,433 voters, which included 466 newly registered voters. File photo

Editorial: Baseless claims of fraud threaten voter confidence

Without evidence of fraud, it’s those alleging irregularities who are a threat to election integrity.

In a three-day event ahead of the November 2020 elections, the voting center at Federal Way’s Performing Arts and Event Center saw 1,433 voters, which included 466 newly registered voters. File photo