Opinion

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal told a crowd in Port Angeles he would like to see school districts have the ability to increase their local levies. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Message from state superintendent regarding school employee vaccinations

After a year and a half of remote and hybrid learning, my top priorities as our school buildings reopen for full-time in-person learning are providing… Continue reading

  • Aug 21, 2021
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal told a crowd in Port Angeles he would like to see school districts have the ability to increase their local levies. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

As kids go back to school, let’s do our part to keep them safe

We all yearn for more ease, fewer precautions, and less worry. But we still aren’t there yet.

  • Aug 20, 2021
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The day after tomorrow might be closer than you think

Rising temperatures are melting glacial ice at a rate faster than was previously predicted.

  • Aug 19, 2021
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Looking to the skies to find winged hope

When I shut off my computer and head into the woods, I see birds. And always, they lift my spirit

  • Aug 19, 2021
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A Sept. 10, 2020, satellite image shows smoke from U.S. wildfires blanketing the majority of the West Coast. (European Space Agency)

Editorial: The UN climate report, ‘The Lorax’ and us

The report and the Dr. Seuss classic offer a dire warning — and hope — for responding to climate change.

A Sept. 10, 2020, satellite image shows smoke from U.S. wildfires blanketing the majority of the West Coast. (European Space Agency)
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Saying goodbye to my sister

In Shawnee County, Kansas, the fully vaccinated rate is only around 46% where Vashon is at 83%.

  • Aug 18, 2021
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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Look forward to an exciting November election | Roegner

King County Executive Dow Constantine was expected to win the August primary, and his likely goal was to break 50%, which makes it hard for… 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.

It’s time to rethink Washington’s long-term care law | Brunell

Time is short, but action is necessary. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats who control the state Legislature need to postpone implementing the sweeping “Long-Term Services… 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.
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How to make the most of your visit to Sea Mar Clinic

It is clear that the time you are face to face with the doctor is very important.

  • Aug 12, 2021
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It’s time to do some critical thinking about race in America

Critical Race Theory seems to have triggered a lot of interest but also lots of fear.

  • Aug 12, 2021
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Playing it safe in the summer of 2021

Now is the time to review the rules, which really shouldn’t be considered optional.

  • Aug 12, 2021
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Green Brief: BioEnergy can impact climate change

It’s possible to imagine and create more constructive systems for waste management.

  • Aug 12, 2021
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Dr. Bob Baugher is a professor in the Department of Psychology Highline College. Contact BBAUGHER@highline.edu. Contributed photo

Love and death: We don’t have forever, so we better do it now

By Dr. Bob Baugher, guest columnist

  • Aug 7, 2021
Dr. Bob Baugher is a professor in the Department of Psychology Highline College. Contact BBAUGHER@highline.edu. Contributed photo

Words to Live By: “For Now”

We still have chances to step outdoors and experience life together, in community.

  • Aug 6, 2021
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Dancing at Strawberry Festival Was a Delight

It offered a glimpse of what is possible.

  • Aug 6, 2021
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The Havurah Is Having a Party, and All Are Invited

All islanders are invited to come and celebrate with us for a grand re-opening celebration.

  • Aug 6, 2021
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Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

King County primary election candidates to watch | Roegner

With the Aug. 3 primary election, the public will narrow the field to the finalists as only the top two advance in each position to… 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.

Massive reforestation effort needed in Washington and beyond | Brunell

Massive forest fires in the western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions… 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.

As Delta Dawns, Islanders Need To Renew Precautions

We know now what can happen when we follow the rules: life returns to a semblance of normality.

  • Jul 28, 2021
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Reflections on a Sweet Strawberry Festival

The Festival was filled with our traditional events and activities, but all with a focus on Vashon.

  • Jul 28, 2021
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