Bob Roegner

Roegner: Federal Way utility tax fight could turn nasty

The battle over the utility tax may get a little nasty as Mayor Jim Ferrell and some council members are not happy to have opposition… Continue reading

 

Roegner: Will compassion replace criminalization of Federal Way’s homeless?

Over the past five years, homelessness has become a significant problem regionally and here in Federal Way. Different cities have chosen different paths to follow… Continue reading

 

Roegner: Guns and taxes merge on political stage

The last month has seen the nation focus on the continuing problem of mass murders at our schools. Parkland, Florida, is the latest example. Here… Continue reading

 

Council passes tax, crowd not happy

The tension was high in the City Council chambers at the March 20 meeting as the council considered Mayor Jim Ferrell’s recommendation to pass a… Continue reading

Students march, will politicians listen?

The Feb. 14 murders in Parkland, Florida, and the national movement that has followed on gun control are a product of the 150 other mass… Continue reading

Revenue shortage or spending problem?

Roegner questions city’s claims about budget shortfall.

Guns, a child will lead us

Members of Congress have received millions of dollars of campaign donations from the NRA.

Utility tax test for council

Roegner argues cuts or spending delays might be a better answer than a utility rate hike.

The world is upside down

When I was growing up, I knew I could count on certain things always remaining the same. The Dodgers would always be in Brooklyn, and… Continue reading

Closing City Hall was a bad idea

By most accounts, Mayor Jim Ferrell’s State of the City address at the Performing Arts and Event Center went well. However, it was his order… Continue reading

City goals proving expensive

“Money, money, money … Money makes the world go around, the world go around…” or so sing Sally Bowles and the emcee in the 1972… Continue reading

Olympia, politics and policy

Roegner: This year appears to be a good one for educational interests and women candidates.

Trump racism overshadows MLK Day

City leaders should follow King’s example and speak out about the president’s comments.

Ferrell: the next four years

With Mayor Jim Ferrell serving another term, will he change his goals?

Deputy mayor vote highlights potential problems

Wow, what a council meeting! If one thing is clear after the first council meeting of the new year, it is that bitter feelings from… Continue reading

What to look for in 2018

Federal Way will be a hotbed of political intrigue in 2018, and there will be plenty to keep your interest. First is to see who… Continue reading

Year-end awards

Columnist Bob Roegner offers his annual awards to community and national leaders.

Community leaders’ Christmas wishes

Honda and Koppang wish to be selected as new Federal Way deputy mayor.

Democrats asserting power in Olympia

When the Washington state Legislature meets in January it will be a short 60-day session as all of the House of Representatives and half of… Continue reading

Things politicians say and do

As of the 298th day of his administration, President Donald Trump has made 1,628 misleading claims, according to the Associated Press. At the local level,… Continue reading